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Prosecutor says Ja'far Umar Thalib's trial is legal (30/08/02) #3769
The Jakarta Post, 8/29/2002 4:04:29 PM
JAKARTA (JP): State prosecutors at the East Jakarta District Court on Thursday rejected defense arguments that the trial of Ja'far Umar Thalib, the leader of the Laskar Jihad Islamic militia group, was illegal.

Trial of FKM members adjourned (30/08/02) #3768
The Jakarta Post, August 29, 2002
AMBON, Maluku: The panel of judges at the Ambon District Court postponed until next week the trial of six members of the proindependence Maluku Sovereignty Forum (FKM) who are facing subversion charges for raising the South Maluku Republic's flag in Saparua, Central Maluku on April 25, 2002.

Official history challenged in treason trial (28/08/02) #3759
South China Morning Post
, Tuesday, August 27, 2002
CHRIS McCALL in Jakarta - Two Malukans accused of promoting separatism yesterday turned Indonesia's official account of its history on its head in a formal objection to their treason trial.

Indonesia - OCHA Consolidated Situation Report No. 90 (27/08/02) #3756
ACEH
* On 17 August, a hand-made bomb exploded at the Blang Padang field, moments before the official ceremony of the Independence Day of Indonesia was held, injuring 16 people, most of them children. Meanwhile, 3 people were reportedly killed and 5 severely injured during clashes that took place in Pereulak Sub-district, East Aceh. Amri Abdul Wahab, GAM commander for field operations claimed responsibility for a number of bomb explosions in Banda Aceh and other places, except the one in Blang Padang. The police was reported to have arrested one bombing suspect.
CENTRAL SULAWESI * There have been new attacks on villages in the Poso District during the week. Newspapers reported that four persons were killed and 43 houses were burned in an attack on Mayumba Village (Moriatas Sub-district) on Saturday (17 Aug.). On Tuesday (20 Aug.) Bunta Toini in Poso Pesisir Sub-district was attacked. One house was set on fire. There were also reports of several bomb explosions in Poso town on Sunday (18 Aug.), but no casualties were reported. The police have confiscated weapons in several towns of the district.
MALUKU * Two Maluku Christian separatist leaders, Alex Manuputty and Samuel Waileruny, went on trial in Jakarta on Monday (19 Aug.) for allegedly plotting a rebellion in Maluku Province. The leaders of the Maluku Sovereignty Front (FKM) were in detention since 17 April this year. Four days earlier, another court began hearing the case against Jafar Umar Thalib, the leader of Laskar Jihad, a Muslim militia charged with stoking violence in Maluku.
NORTH MALUKU * An international aid agency reported of a bomb blast in Papilo village on Wednesday (21 Aug.). No details were available.

Christian separatists blame Maluku unrest on (27/08/02) #3753
soldiers and Islamists
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
, Monday August 26, 2002
JAKARTA, Aug 26 (AFP) - Two Christian separatist leaders on trial for subversion on Monday blamed the sectarian violence in Indonesia's Maluku islands on the military and on an Islamic militia.

THE SITUATION IN AMBON / MOLUCCAS -- Report No. 311 (26/08/02) #3748
Crisis Centre Keuskupan Amboina, Ambon, August 22, 2002
COURT SESSION OF FKM CASE - On August 19 the North Jakarta District Court opened the case of the separatist FKM (Front Kedaulatan Maluku) Movement. FKM leaders Alexander Hermanus Manuputty and Semmy Waeleruny were charged with hoisting the RMS flag on April 25, 2002 and various efforts to establish the independent state of the South Moluccas (RMS: Republik Maluku Selatan). Theoretically spoken, the maximum verdict can amount to the death sentence. Several hundreds of FKM supporters crowded the front yard of the Court building.

Maluku News Initiative Group (26/08/02) #3746
Amsterdam, August 22, 2002
In connection with the critical situation on the Moluccas and the trial of dr. Alex Manuputty, leader of the FKM (Souvereignty Front of the Moluccas) and other FKM-members, the undersigneds miss R.A. Eijkelboom, F. Sinay and others took the initiative to this email-campaign.

Wars and enemies of the state (26/08/02) #3741
atimes.com, August 24, 2002
By Bill Guerin. April 26, 2002: Militant Muslim Laskar Jihad commander Jaffar Umar Thalib told several thousand worshippers at the Alfatah Mosque in Ambon, capital of the Malukus (Spice Islands), "Our ... focus now must be preparing for war."

Christian Villages Burn Again in Central Indonesia (26/08/02) #3738
Protective armed forces are withdrawn before the attack
ChristianityToday, August 19, 2002
By Geoff Stamp, Compass Direct | posted 08/20/2002. The villages of Sepe and Silanca, some 10 miles from the city of Poso, have been burned to the ground. Reports from several sources confirm that August 12 attacks on the Christian villages started after armed forces guarding the villages were unexpectedly withdrawn.

Governor orders church minister's detention (23/08/02) #3736
The Jakarta Post, 23 Aug. 2002
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta. Central Sulawesi Governor Aminuddin Ponulele ordered on Thursday local security forces to capture Rev. Renaldy Damanik, who they blame for inciting a spate of recent attacks in Poso regency.

Beheading of Christians 'a jihad' (23/08/02) #3733
The Australian
, August 23, 2002
By Kimina Lyall and AFP. THE death by beheading of two Jehovah's Witnesses captured by bandits connected with the Abu Sayyaf Muslim separatists is part of a "jihad" against Christians in the southern Philippines, the military believes.

Malino peace process flawed (22/08/02) #3731
The Jakarta Post, 22 Aug. 2002
Prasetyohadi, Researcher in Conflict Transformation, Jakarta. It was indeed a show of good will on the part of the central government to host a two-day reconciliatory meeting between the conflicting parties in Poso, Central Sulawesi.

Indonesian troops sent to quell violence (22/08/02) #3728
The Washington Times, Aug 21, 2002
Ioannis Gatsiounis. THE WASHINGTON TIMES. Published 8/21/2002. JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Troops are being sent to central Sulawesi island after an outbreak of violence between Christians and Muslims that left three Christians dead last week.

Alleged Rebellion Plot In Malukus (22/08/02) #3724
Christian separatist leader goes on trial
The Straits Times, Tuesday August 20, 2002
JAKARTA - A Christian separatist leader went on trial yesterday for allegedly plotting a rebellion in Indonesia's religiously divided Maluku islands.

Christian leaders face court on treason charges (22/08/02) #3723
South China Morning Post
, Tuesday, August 20, 2002
CHRIS McCALL in Jakarta. Dressed like rock stars, two Christian leaders from Maluku yesterday appeared in court in Jakarta to answer treason charges.

Trial of Maluku separatists begins in Jakarta (22/08/02) #3722
JAPAN TODAY, Tuesday, August 20, 2002 at 09:30 JST
JAKARTA -- North Jakarta District Court began a trial Monday of two separatist leaders from Indonesia's Maluku Province where fighting between Christians and Muslims has continued for more than three years and claimed thousands of lives.

The Unfolding Terror (22/08/02) #3721
IFC (International Friends of Compassion), Australia
On Friday I reported to you that Tentena was on a high state of alert after local intelligence in Central Sulawesi intercepted communication indicating that the Jihad terrorists, numbering at least 2500 in the region, were preparing to attack the Christian enclave of Tentena.

Christian separatist on trial in Indonesia (22/08/02) #3720
BBC World News, Monday, 19 August, 2002, 10:40 GMT 11:40 UK
A Christian separatist leader has gone on trial in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, charged with plotting a rebellion on the religiously-divided Maluccan islands.

Christian leaders go on trial for allegedly plotting rebellion (22/08/02) #3719
in Maluku
The Star, Monday, August 19, 2002
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Two Christian separatist leaders went on trial Monday for allegedly plotting a rebellion in Indonesia's religiously divided Maluku islands.

Desperate Plight of Sulawesi's Christians (21/08/02) #3718
Jubilee Campaign USA, August 19, 2002
August 16th 2002 As part of an escalating offensive, 2 Christian villages in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, were attacked by Islamic militants on Thursday August 15. Taliwan village was attacked at around 6.30 p.m and 3 civilians were shot. The Indonesian army responded quickly on this occasion and managed to stop the attack. At about the same time a group of over 50 Islamic fighters dressed in black attacked Manyomba village and killed a 3 year old Christian boy. The attackers are suspected to have come from Korontowu village where
the extremist Islamic group, the Laskar Jihad, are based.

Indonesia - OCHA Consolidated Situation Report No. 89 (21/08/02) #3717
09 - 16 August 2002
ACEH (Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam) * At least 16 people -3 civilians, 11 alleged GAM members, 1 police officer, and 1 TNI personnel - were killed in the province during the week, according to news media. Otherwise, the situation in general in Banda Aceh and other main cities in the province is reported calm nearing 17 August, the day of the declaration of Indonesia's independence.
CENTRAL SULAWESI * Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Jusuf Kalla headed a second round of peace talks in Palu on 11 -- 12 August. The meeting agreed that the civilian population should take an active part in helping authorities maintain peace in the area.
MALUKU * The body of a man was found on Monday (12 Aug.) in Ambon Town after being abducted by armed men on Sunday (11 Aug.) night. Three land mines blew up on Sunday (11 Aug.) night in the forest near Galala Village, Sirimau Sub-district, leaving three civilians and three soldiers injured.
NORTH MALUKU * The Pattimura Military Commander Maj. Gen. Djoko Santosa was in Ternate on Tuesday (13 Aug.) to install the new Military District commander Lt. Col. (Inf.) Oloan Parulian Sianturi.
PAPUA * Hundreds of former Papuan political prisoners and their relatives demanded independence from Indonesia during a peaceful protest in the provincial legislative council compound on Thursday (15 Aug.). The demonstrators dispersed peacefully after meeting several legislators.
WEST TIMOR * Dozens of East Timorese refugees in Kalabahi, Alor District, staged a demonstration at the district head's office on Monday (12 Aug.) demanding clarification on his recent statement saying that there was no longer any East Timorese refugees in the district. They also demanded clear information on Malaysian Government's medicine aid for the refugees that was yet to be distributed. On Wednesday (14 Aug.), Alor district head Ans Takalapeta and the parliament speaker held a dialogue with the refugees.

Indonesia charges Christian leader with subversion (21/08/02) #3716
REUTERS, Monday August 19, 2002 8:15 AM ET
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian prosecutors on Monday charged the leader of a Christian faction in the Moluccas with subversion for trying to set up an independent state in the ravaged islands.

Persecution continue to loom for Indonesian Christians (21/08/02) #3714
Baptist Press, Aug 20, 2002
By Erin Curry. CENTRAL SULAWESI, Indonesia (BP)--Five people were killed and hundreds of houses were looted and burned when attackers armed with automatic weapons stormed through three Christian villages on Indonesia's Central Sulawesi island Aug. 12, according to news reports.

Indonesia charges Maluku Christian leader with subversion (20/08/02) #3712
ABC AUSTRALIA, 20/08/2002 05:05:57
Indonesian prosecutors have charged the leader of a Christian separatist group in the troubled Maluku islands with subversion.

More blasts in Central Sulawesi (20/08/02) #3711
ABC AUSTRALIA, 20/08/2002 03:00:53
Three explosions have rocked the town of Poso in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

US disappointed by Indonesian rights cases (20/08/02) #3709
ABC AUSTRALIA, 20/08/2002 09:00:09
The United States has broken a silence on Indonesia's recent human rights trials.

Trial of Maluku's separatist leader begins in Jakarta (20/08/02) #3708
The Jakarta Post, 8/19/2002 5:01:35 PM
JAKARTA (JP): The trial of Alex Manuputty, a Christian separatist leader in the Maluku province, began at a court in Jakarta on Monday for allegedly plotting a rebellion in the province, four days after a Jakarta court began hearing the case against Ja'far Umar Thalib, leader of the Laskar Jihad Muslim militia charged with stoking violence in the same province,
AP reported.

Indonesia Christian Leader Being Tried For Rebellion Plot (20/08/02) #3707
ASSOCIATED PRESS
, Monday August 19, 2002
JAKARTA, Aug. 19 (AP)--A Christian separatist went on trial Monday for allegedly plotting a rebellion in Indonesia's religiously divided Maluku islands.

Trial of Laskar Jihad leader adjourned (16/08/02) #3684
The Jakarta Post, 8/15/2002 8:16:03 PM
JAKARTA (AGENCIES): The trial of the head of Laskar Jihad, Ja'far Umar Thalib, at the East Jakarta District Court has been adjourned,
AP reported. Judge Mansur Nasution adjourned the trial until Aug. 29, when Indonesian prosecutors are expected to present their case.

Christian Villages Burn Again In Central Indonesia (16/08/02) #3683
Jubilee Campaign USA, August 15, 2002
Geoff Stamp, FLASH NEWS from COMPASS DIRECT. CENTRAL SULAWESI, Indonesia, August 14 (Compass) -- The villages of Sepe and Silanca, some 10 miles from the city of Poso, have been burned to the ground. Reports from several sources confirm that attacks on the Christian villages started on the evening of Monday, August 12, after units of the armed forces which had been guarding the villages were unexpectedly withdrawn.

Another sectarian clash in Central Sulawesi (15/08/02) #3681
ABC AUSTRALIA, 15/08/2002 10:06:55
An Indonesian Christian leader has blamed Islamic militants for an attack that killed five villagers in Central Sulawesi's Poso district.

Ambon needs bomb disposal equipment for land mines (15/08/02) #3680
The Jakarta Post, 8/14/2002 5:23:47 PM
JAKARTA (JP): In an attempt to clear land mines in several areas in Ambon, Pattimura Military Commander Maj. Gen. Djoko Santoso asked the Indonesian Military headquarters in Jakarta on Wednesday to lend bomb disposal equipment for defusing mines.

Security forces blamed for Poso attacks (15/08/02) #3677
The Jakarta Post, August 15, 2002
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta/Palu. Armed assailants involved in attacks in the Central Sulawesi town of Poso remain a mystery, but the authorities' failure to capture them or uncover their identities and whereabouts has sparked speculation that security forces may have played a role in a recent spate of attacks there.

Poso tense as six killed in Christian village (14/08/02) #3674
The Jakarta Post, August 14, 2002
La Remy and Muhammad Nafik, The Jakarta Post, Palu/Jakarta Tensions engulfed the violence-torn town of Poso in Central Sulawesi on Tuesday after at least six people were killed and hundreds of houses and two churches set ablaze in fresh attacks on three Christian villages, just hours after a second round of peace talks ended.

Five killed in fresh violence in Poso (14/08/02) #3670
The Jakarta Post, 8/13/2002 4:40:23 PM
JAKARTA (JP): Fresh violence broke out in riot-torn Poso, Central Sulawesi, in the early hours of Tuesday, killing five people, injuring two and razing hundreds of houses to the ground.

Urgent Alert for Sulawesi Christians (14/08/02) #3668
IFC, Australia
Ian Freestone. Tuesday August 13th, 2002. Praying people, political leaders and human rights activists are being called upon to respond urgently to the cry of the Christian Church in Central Sulawesi. In scenes reminiscent of November and December 2001, whole villages are being burnt to the ground, churches are being destroyed and Christians are being shot and hacked to death. Desperate calls for assistance are being received via CB radios to neighbouring villages who are then forwarding on the cries to our contacts in North Sulawesi.

Poso a Sea of Fire: Indonesian military incapable of (14/08/02) #3667
quenching the flames
Joko Harmono
, Tuesday August 13, 2002. After a week of terror at the hands of the Laskar Jihad, the Christians are bathing in a sea of fire. This is bringing to pass the prophetic announcement pre-recorded message broadcast on Radio SPMM Ambon on July 5, 2002 and distributed by email print-out from the Laskar Jihad Information site in mid July 2002. The Supreme Commander of the Laskar Jihad Ustadz Jafar Umar Thalib, using the same language used in his radio address in Ambon on May 1, 2002 called on the Muslim community to go to war against the Christian community:

Indonesia - OCHA Consolidated Situation Report No. 88 (13/08/02) #3665
02 - 09 August 2002
ACEH (Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam) * At least 22 people-16 civilians, 5 alleged GAM members, and 1 police officer-were killed in the province during the week, according to news media.
CENTRAL SULAWESI * Poso District experienced the most severe violent attacks early this week since the signing of the Malino Agreement. On Sunday (4 Aug.), the villages of Matako and Gandalari (Matako Desa) were attacked by unknown assailants.
MALUKU * Sixteen homemade explosives were discovered in a trash dump at a Junior High School in Ambon City on Friday (2 Aug.) by a schoolteacher. Security forces were informed and the bombs removed. No arrests were made.
NORTH MALUKU * Violence erupted on Wednesday (7 Aug.) in Gurua and Wari in Tobelo Sub-district, resulting in one Muslim being killed and over 18 houses and one local NGO office being damaged or destroyed. Dissatisfaction with the military troops in the area was cited as the cause. Christians demanded the Zipur 5 Brawijaya troops to be removed while the Muslims insisted that they stay. Newly arrived marines later restored some calm to the area. On Friday (9 Aug.), at least 3 explosions were heard in Tobelo Town. No detail was available.

Another killed in Ambon violence (13/08/02) #3664
The Jakarta Post, August 13, 2002
AMBON, Maluku: At least one person was found dead on Monday in the strife-torn city of Ambon, Maluku, after several land mine explosions there injured six others, including three soldiers.

Talks fail to yield progressive measures to end Poso unrest (13/08/02) #3662
The Jakarta Post, August 13, 2002
La Remy and Muhammad Nafik, The Jakarta Post, Palu/Jakarta Muslim and Christian figures from Poso in Central Sulawesi ended a two-day meeting in a failure to produce effective measures to quell the renewed attacks in their violence-plagued town.

Sectarian strife in Central Sulawesi (13/08/02) #3660
ABC AUSTRALIA, 13/08/2002 09:11:00
Tensions have flared anew between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia's troubled region of Central Sulawesi after one person was found dead and three people were reported missing over the weekend. The latest incidents in the Poso regency of Central Sulawesi followed the death last week of
an Italian tourist shot dead by unidentified gunmen, when his bus passed near the Christian enclave of Tentena.

Muslims, Christians vow to work for peace in Central Sulawesi (13/08/02) #3655
The Jakarta Post, 8/12/2002 3:54:49 PM
JAKARTA (JP): Muslims and Christians from the restive Central Sulawesi town of Poso during the second round of peace talks in Palu, the province's capital, vowed late on Sunday to work together to restore peace and security to the area, agenciesreported on Monday.

One person dead in sectarian clash in restive Poso (13/08/02) #3654
The Jakarta Post, 8/12/2002 3:42:49 PM
JAKARTA (JP): At least one person died on Sunday evening in an armed clash between rival Moslem and Christian gangs in Malei Lage village near restive Poso, Central Sulawesi, some 1,600 kilometers northeast of Jakarta,
DPA reported.

More peace talks for Central Sulawesi (13/08/02) #3653
ABC AUSTRALIA, 12/08/2002 12:09:14
Indonesia's top welfare minister, Yusuf Kalla, has visited the restive province of Central Sulawesi to observe the situation and hold a second round of peace talks after recent sectarian violence.

New Attacks in Tobelo North Maluku (13/08/02) #3649
Jubilee Campaign USA, August 8, 2002
Pray for Christians under attack in the Province of Northern Maluku, Capitol of Tobelo, August 7, 2002. This is a separate province from Ambon, Maluku where the orphan project is administrated, but in the vacinity.

Christian delegates shun Poso peace talks (12/08/02) #3645
The Jakarta Post, August 12, 2002
La Remy and Muhammad Nafik, The Jakarta Post, Palu/Jakarta A second round of peace talks to end the renewed violence in Poso, Central Sulawesi, began on Sunday despite only a few Christian figures attending the two-day meeting held in the provincial capital of Palu.

Christian, Muslim delegates meet in Poso to end violence (12/08/02) #3643
The Jakarta Post, August 11, 2002
JAKARTA (JP): A second round of peace talks to end the renewed violence in Poso, Central Sulawesi, began on Sunday despite only a few Christian figures attending the two-day meeting held in the provincial capital of Palu.

Muslim group not behind killing of tourist: Jusuf Kalla (12/08/02) #3642
The Jakarta Post, August 11, 2002
JAKARTA (JP): Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Jusuf Kalla said on Saturday he doubted Muslim militants blamed for sporadic violence in the Central Sulawesi town of Poso were behind an attack that left an Italian tourist dead, because "it is not their style".

Sectarian violence again flares in North Maluku (09/08/02) #3635
ABC AUSTRALIA, 09/08/2002 19:28:43
A return to communal violence between Christian and Muslim villagers on the North Maluku island of Halmahera has left one man dead and 35 houses burned down.

Ambonese keep on partying despite tension (09/08/02) #3634
The Jakarta Post, August 09, 2002
Pandaya, The Jakarta Post, Ambon Bombs occasionally jolt the city. Rubble and debris litter the floors of buildings, which lay in a state of ruin from the three-year-old sectarian fighting. Heavily armed soldiers patrol the street 24 hours a day. Fresh fighting could break out any time.

Italian killed in attack on bus in Central Sulawesi (09/08/02) #3633
The Jakarta Post, August 09, 2002
JAKARTA (JP)-- One Italian was killed and four Indonesians were injured on Thursday when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus in the Central Sulawesi district of Pamona Selatan,
AP news agency reported.

N. Maluku violence leaves one dead (09/08/02) #3632
The Jakarta Post, August 09, 2002
Oktovianus Pinontoan, The Jakarta Post, Ambon Two bomb explosions in North Maluku's Tobelo district and fresh clashes between two villages on Wednesday left one dead and several houses burned, military reports said.

Second round of Poso peace talks set for Sunday (09/08/02) #3628
The Jakarta Post, August 09, 2002
Muhammad Nafik, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta Signatories of a peace deal to cease the two years of sectarian conflict in Poso, Central Sulawesi, will hold a two-day meeting beginning on Sunday after a spate of recent attacks has shattered the historic accord achieved last December.

Prayer Diary - August 1st To September 30th (08/08/02) #3622
Jubilee Campaign UK
The Indonesian authorities have yet to do a proper sweep of weapons in the Moluccas islands and Sulawesi as had been agreed under the Malino peace agreements. While Jafar Umar Thalib, the head of the militant Islamic group, Laskar Jihad, remains in jail, attempts continue to be made to have him freed. His group is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Christians in the Moluccas and Sulawesi and they have now also infiltrated the predominantly Christian province of West Papua, with at least 3,000 fighters there.

1,200 flee Poso villages (07/08/02) #3621
The Jakarta Post, August 07, 2002
The Jakarta Post, Palu/Makassar At least seven people were shot and wounded, four others missing and two churches and 27 houses burned to the ground in the worst violence to hit Poso in Central Sulawesi since a peace deal was signed eight months ago, signatories and activists said on Tuesday.

Fresh violence erupts in restive Poso (07/08/02) #3619
The Jakarta Post, 8/6/2002 5:31:18 PM
JAKARTA (JP): - Violence has rocked conflict-ravaged Central Sulawesi in the past three days, leaving at least seven people injured and forcing more than 2,000 residents to abandon their homes,
DPA news agency reported on Tuesday.

Bombings rock Poso, shattering peace (06/08/02) #3614
The Jakarta Post, August 06, 2002
Jupriadi, The Jakarta Post, Makassar The quest for long-lasting peace and security faces another serious test in Poso as a spate of recent bombings rocked the once-ravaged Central Sulawesi town on Sunday night.

Indonesian Muslims call for nationwide Islamic law (06/08/02) #3607
REUTERS, Monday August 5, 5:21 PM
JAKARTA (Reuters) - More than 5,000 Muslims called for the nationwide imposition of Islamic sharia law and voiced opposition to secular President Megawati Sukarnoputri at a demonstration on Monday at Indonesia's parliament.

Thousands rally to push for Islamic law (06/08/02) #3606
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Saturday August 3, 2:58 PM
Thousands of Muslims turned out to march toward a meeting of Indonesian parliamentarians to demand they incorporate Islamic law into the constitution.

Land mine kills one in Indonesia's restive Ambon (05/08/02) #3604
The Jakarta Post, 8/4/2002 7:29:15 PM
JAKARTA (JP) - A man identified as Mareuz Lerenz was killed after stepping on a land mine near the restive eastern Indonesian city of Ambon, agencies reported.

Landmine kills man in Ambon (05/08/02) #3603
ABC AUSTRALIA, 05/08/2002 09:02:51
A man has been killed after stepping on a landmine near the restive eastern Indonesian city of Ambon.

Indonesia - OCHA Consolidated Situation Report No. 87 (05/08/02) #3602
26 July - 02 August 2002
CENTRAL SULAWESI * During the week there were five false bomb threats at the airport and other public areas in Palu. No major security incidents occurred in Poso District. British parliamentarians and representatives from the British Embassy held a meeting on Wednesday (31 July) with members of the Malino Task Force, local newspaper Nuansa Pos reported.
MALUKU * Two bombs exploded in front of the Citra Department Store in the Christian area of Mardika in Ambon Town on Saturday (27 July). 53 people, including four children, were admitted to three hospitals in the city. One local staff member of MSF-B was also injured. So far there has been no arrest made and the security apparatus classified the incident as terrorism by provocateurs.
NORTH MALUKU * A Christian died in a shooting incident in Mamuya Village, Galela, on Saturday (27 July) and another wounded in an incident in Wari Village, Tobelo, on Thursday (1 Aug.). Governor Sinyo Harry Sarundajang, who visited Galela and Tobelo early this week, blamed outside provocateurs but praised the communities for not allowing the situation to escalate. He denied rumours that Laskar Jihad members were in Morotai Island.
PAPUA * A new "peace" operation ordered by police chief Inspector-General Made Mangku Pastika on 17 July sparked fear that the government would declare the Papua Council Presidium illegal and arrest its leaders, according to the South China Morning Post on Tuesday (30 July). The 60-day operation, dubbed "Adil Matoa", beginning from an unspecified date yet to be announced, purportedly aimed at creating a "peace zone" and keeping Papua within Indonesia.

Police bomb squad scrambles in Ambon (05/08/02) #3598
ABC AUSTRALIA, 02/08/2002 20:07:16
As many as 16 home-made bombs have been found at a school in the troubled Indonesian island of Ambon. A number of witnesses at the scene said the bombs were neatly made using pipes and closed with thin plastic.

U.S. to Aid Indonesia in Anti-Terror Plan (05/08/02) #3596
THE NEW YORK TIMES, August 2, 2002 Filed at 6:08 p.m. ET
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The United States and Indonesia are off to a strong start toward restoring military-to military ties needed to conquer terrorism's ''evil agenda,'' Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday.

Indonesia Activists Urge Human Rights (05/08/02) #3595
ASSOCIATED PRESS
, Thursday August 1, 2002 3:35 AM ET
By STEVEN GUTKIN, Associated Press Writer JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Among Indonesia's rewards for quietly cooperating with Washington in the anti-terror war is the Bush administration's support for renewed ties with a military tainted by a brutal past.

Indonesia: A haven for terrorists? (02/08/02) #3592
CNN, August 1, 2002 Posted: 9:49 PM HKT (1349 GMT)
From Maria Ressa CNN Jakarta Bureau Chief JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) --U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is on his way to Indonesian after signing a terror pact with Southeast Asian nations in Brunei.

Ja'far trial adjourned till Aug. 15 (02/08/02) #3591
The Jakarta Post, August 02, 2002
JAKARTA: The East Jakarta District Court postponed on Thursday the trial of Ja'far Umar Thalib, leader of hard-line group Laskar Jihad, out of fears for Ja'far's health and for security reasons due to the Annual Session of the MPR.

Residents allege military behind latest Ambon blast: priest (01/08/02) #3586
AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
, Tuesday July 30, 2002
By IAN TIMBERLAKE JAKARTA Christian residents of the Indonesian city of Ambon suspect soldiers and not their former Muslim enemies were behind a weekend bomb blast that wounded at least 54 people, a local priest said Tuesday.
 


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