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Three shot in Makassar clash between students (31/08/2004) #9204
The Jakarta Post, August 31, 2004
Andi Hajramurni, The Jakarta Post/Makassar. A third serious brawl in two months involving university students in Makassar turned considerably more violent, after three people suffered gunshot wounds following the latest clash early on Monday.

Defense lawyers seek Ba'asyir's release (31/08/2004) #9203
The Jakarta Post, August 31, 2004
JAKARTA: Lawyers of controversial cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir, a terrorist suspect currently being held by the Jakarta prosecutor's office, launched on Monday a legal battle to secure his release.

Indonesian court urged to release terror suspect Bashir (31/08/2004) #9202
ABC AUSTRALIA, 30/08/2004 22:49:36
Lawyers for Muslim cleric, Abu Bakar Bashir, have urged a court to release him, claiming that police acted wrongfully when they arrested and detained the cleric on a warrant linking him to the Bali bombings.

World Photos - Reuters, Mon Aug 30, 2004 (31/08/2004) #9198
REUTERS, Mon Aug 30, 2004

Indonesian Muslims protest outside the presidential palace in Jakarta August 30, 2004. Hundreds of Muslim protesters rallied in Jakarta calling for a more Islamic government. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, will hold the final round of their first direct presidential elections on September 20. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Indonesian court jails 12 for attack on (31/08/2004) #9197
Central Sulawesi village
ABC AUSTRALIA, 30/08/2004 21:17:38
An Indonesian court has jailed 12 Muslims for taking part in an attack on a Christian village in Central Sulawesi.

Weekend violence claims 4 lives in Indo's Aceh province (30/08/2004) #9193
ABC AUSTRALIA, 30/08/2004 01:26:15
Clashes between Indonesian troops and separatist rebels in Aceh province at the weekend, have left four people dead, including two civilians.

Fresh violence claims four lives in Aceh (30/08/2004) #9192
The Jakarta Post, 8/29/2004 8:32:31 PM
BANDA ACEH, Aceh (Antara): Gunfights between Indonesian troops and members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) during the weekend have left four people dead, including two civilians, Aceh military spokesman Lt. Col. Asep Sapari said on Sunday.

Review - Politics: Islamic Backlash Warning (30/08/2004) #9191
LAKSAMANA.Net, August 29, 2004 11:59 PM
Laksamana.Net - Australia has been told not to lecture or pressure Jakarta about dealing with the Bali bombers, or incur the risk of a backlash by Islamic fundamentalists in Indonesia.

Review - Regions: French Railway for Aceh (30/08/2004) #9190
LAKSAMANA.Net, August 29, 2004 11:56 PM
Laksamana.Net - State-owned French company SNCF International said Friday (27/8/04) it was ready to construct a 483-kilometer railway connecting the provincial capital of Banda Aceh to the neighboring North Sumatra town of Besitang.
Troops kill six rebels: Six separatist rebels died in clashes in the province while guerrillas shot dead two civilians, the military said Saturday (28/8/04).

300,000 people living in camps (30/08/2004) #9189
The Jakarta Post, August 28, 2004
JAKARTA: Approximately 300,000 people are living in refugee camps across the country, a senior minister says, adding that the government hopes to repatriate all of them by October.

Patrick Walters: Indonesia seen as biggest threat (28/08/2004) #9181
The Australian, August 26, 2004
MOST Australians see Indonesia as the country's biggest external security threat, well ahead of China, according to a new study by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

Indonesia accuses Australia of failing to consult over (27/08/2004) #9180
missile plan
ABC AUSTRALIA, 27/08/2004 09:04:04
The Indonesia Government has accused Australia of failing to consult over its plan to equip the airforce with long-range missiles.

Jakarta Police Launch Anti-Terror Squad (27/08/2004) #9179
LAKSAMANA.Net, August 26, 2004 07:09 PM
Laksamana.Net - The Jakarta Police on Thursday (26/8/04) unveiled a special new squad tasked to help protect the capital city from terrorist attacks.

Indonesia Worried by Australian Missile Plan (27/08/2004) #9178
LAKSAMANA.Net, August 26, 2004 05:21 PM
Laksamana.Net - Indonesia has expressed concern over Australia's plan to acquire long-range stealth cruise missiles, warning the move could spark a regional arms race.

Australia May Seek to Try Bali Bombers (27/08/2004) #9177
LAKSAMANA.Net, August 26, 2004 09:51 AM
Laksamana.Net - The Australian government says it may try to take the militants responsible for the Bali bombings to Australia for trial if they manage to escape justice in Indonesia.

Marriott Bomber Convicted to 10 Years in Prison (27/08/2004) #9176
TEMPO, Thursday, 26 August, 2004 | 00:09 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:South Jakarta District Court judges sentenced one of the bombers in the JW Marriott Hotel bombing case, Mohamad Ihsan aka Idris aka Joni Hendrawan aka Gembrot aka Ajo, to ten years in prison on Tuesday (24/08).

INFID's Short News Overview No.V/21: August 20-26, 2004 (27/08/2004) #9175
INFID, August 26, 2004
General News. 2005 State Budget Draft. The 2005 State Budget Draft does not guarantee the fulfilment of people's basic rights because the government put higher priority on government and personnel expenditures and debt payments than public spending, INFID Executive Secretary Binny Buchori said in a press conference on August 22.

Australians rate Indo their greatest military threat: Report (26/08/2004) #9170
The Jakarta Post, 8/25/2004 6:31:56 PM
SYDNEY, Australia (AFP): The Australian public ranks Indonesia as the country's greatest military threat, a study by a defense think-tank said on Wednesday.

Debate reignites over US aid to Indonesia (26/08/2004) #9169
The Christian Science Monitor, August 25, 2004
By Eric Unmacht | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor. JAKARTA, INDONESIA – Two competing perspectives have long dominated Washington when talk turns to military aid for Indonesia. On one side there are those in Congress who call the country's military brutal abusers of human rights. They want US aid to remain suspended until Indonesia's military is reformed.

Indonesian cleric Bashir charged under anti-terror laws (26/08/2004) #9168
ABC AUSTRALIA, 25/08/2004 23:00:28
The militant Indonesian cleric, Abu Bakar Bashir, has been charged under the country's anti-terrorism laws.

Review: Regions - Rebel Attack in Papua (26/08/2004) #9166
LAKSAMANA.Net, August 22, 2004 08:34 PM
Laksamana.Net - Suspected rebels ambushed an army patrol Tuesday (17/8/04), sparking a two-hour clash that left two of the attackers dead, state news agency Antara reported. One soldier was injured in the fighting, which coincided with ceremonies to mark Independence Day.

Maluku refugees continue to live in uncertainty (26/08/2004) #9165
The Jakarta Post, August 20, 2004
Muhammad Azis Tunny, The Jakarta Post/Ambon. This is the second time that Jamaria Makattita, 79, a widow with four children, has had to take refuge when her home in Waringin village was burned down in the violence in Ambon, Maluku.

IDPs in the Moluccas make statement for (25/08/2004) #9163
National Day Celebration
Masariku Network, 24 August 2004
Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Moluccas express their frustration with the government's inability to facilitate durable solutions. In a statement circulated on August 17, the Indonesian Independence Day, the Masariku Network in Ambon on behalf of IDPs criticizes corruption in the disbursement of government humanitarian assistance.

Review - Regions: Papua Separatist Jailed (16/08/2004) #9161
LAKSAMANA.Net, August 16, 2004 12:05 AM
Laksamana.Net - The Jayapura District Court sentenced separatist leader Yance Hembring, 50, to 10 years in prison for treason on Tuesday (10/8/04), twice the sentence demanded by prosecutors.
Maluku Treason Trial Continues: Fifteen members of the Maluku Sovereignty Front (FKM) went on trial at the District Court in the Maluku provincial capital of Ambon on Wednesday (11/8/04), on charges of participating in a separatist movement in the province.

Strong blasts scare people in Ambon (13/08/2004) #9155
The Jakarta Post, August 13, 2004
M. Azis Tunny and Puji Santoso, The Jakarta Post/Ambon/Pekanbaru. Two loud explosions were heard in Ambon, Maluku province, on Wednesday night, forcing local residents to flee their homes in panic, and security forces to increase their alertness.

One dead as Papuans clash over independence (13/08/2004) #9154
The Jakarta Post, August 13, 2004
Nethy Dharma Somba and Oyos Saroso, The Jakarta Post/Jayapura/Lampung. One person was killed and seven others injured in a tribal clash in Papua over whether Indonesian Independence Day should be commemorated, a senior police officer said on Thursday.

Bali travel advice flawed: inquiry (13/08/2004) #9153
The Sydney Morning Herald, August 13, 2004
By Tom Allard and Cynthia Banham. Travel advisories provided by the Federal Government before the Bali bombings were inadequate and should have been clearer about the risks on the island widely seen as a "safe haven", a Senate inquiry has found.

Inquiry finds failure of intelligence prior to Bali bombings (13/08/2004) #9152
ABC AUSTRALIA, 13/08/2004 09:22:51
The Australian government says the Senate inquiry into the intelligence leading up to the Bali bombings, has cleared the government of claims it had prior warning of the terrorist attack.

FBI failed us over terror, inquiry finds (13/08/2004) #9151
The Age [Australia], August 13, 2004
By Brendan Nicholson, Mark Forbes. Canberra, August 13, 2004. Australian authorities would have issued tougher travel warnings on Bali before the bombings there had the United States passed on key intelligence, a Senate inquiry has found.

Papua man jailed for 10 years for treason (13/08/2004) #9150
ABC AUSTRALIA, 12/08/2004 21:11:28
A court in the Indonesian province of Papua has reportedly sentenced a man to 10 years in jail for treason.

Papuan separatist gets 10 years (12/08/2004) #9149
The Jakarta Post, August 12, 2004
Nethy Dharma Somba and M. Aziz Tunny, The Jakarta Post/Jayapura/Ambon. The Jayapura District Court in Papua province sentenced separatist leader Yance Hembring, 50, to 10 years in prison for treason.

Sketches of KPU blast suspect issued (12/08/2004) #9148
The Jakarta Post, August 12, 2004
Evi Mariani, The Jakarta Post/Jakarta. More than two weeks after the explosion at the General Elections Commission (KPU) on Jl. Imam Bonjol, Central Jakarta, the police began distributing on Wednesday sketches of a possible suspect.

NGOs protest arrests of activists in Aceh (12/08/2004) #9147
The Jakarta Post, August 12, 2004
JAKARTA: A number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) protested on Wednesday the arrest of two humanitarian workers by security personnel in Aceh last week, on the suspicion that the two were members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM).

Bali bomb lawyers say client must be set free (12/08/2004) #9145
The Age [Australia], August 11, 2004
By Matthew Moore, Indonesia Correspondent Jakarta. Lawyers for a confessed Bali bomber have told a Jakarta court that their client must go free because Indonesia's Constitutional Court has overturned the anti-terror law used to prosecute him.

Shoot-on-sight order issued in N. Sumatra (11/08/2004) #9142
The Jakarta Post, August 11, 2004
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan. Following rampant brawls involving youth organizations, North Sumatra provincial police declared on Tuesday that they would shoot on sight anyone involved in brawling.

Muslim states to help fight terrorism (11/08/2004) #9141
The Jakarta Post, August 11, 2004
Raden Ayu Nurfini, Jakarta. When addressing a conference of the World Council of Churches in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 3, Malaysia's Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi hammered home a plethora of messages which raised the eyebrows of many political analysts.

Bali bomb lawyer to use Indonesia's decision on (11/08/2004) #9140
anti terror law
ABC AUSTRALIA, 11/08/2004 08:09:48
One of the key conspirators behind Indonesia's Bali bombings could walk free if an application due to be made by his lawyer to a Jakarta court is successful.

Christians challenge to church ban (11/08/2004) #9139
The Age [Australia], August 10, 2004 - 6:44PM
Christian groups in mainly-Muslim Indonesia are planning legal action over laws barring them from building new churches.

Pro-Sharia unbrella group considers (11/08/2004) #9137
Indonesian presidential candidates
ABC AUSTRALIA, 10/08/2004 18:05:49
A hardline Indonesian Muslim group advocating Islamic Sharia law is seeking talks with candidates in next month's presidential elections to decide who to back.

Mega Meets Miss Universe & Amien Rais (11/08/2004) #9136
LAKSAMANA.Net, August 10, 2004 11:58 PM
Laksamana.Net - After taking a day off work following her return from a minor pilgrimage to Mecca, President Megawati Sukarnoputri had a hectic day on Tuesday (10/8/04), meeting with Miss Universe, ethnic Chinese businessmen, religious leaders, farmers, and National Mandate Party (PAN) leader Amien Rais.
Religious Solution: Megawati next met with prominent religious leaders, who proposed a vaguely worded four-point plan, dubbed a 'Minimum Framework of Cohesiveness', to resolve the nation's problems, especially corruption and discrimination.

RIGHTS: The 'Invisible' Citizens of Indonesia (11/08/2004) #9135
Inter Press Service News Agency, Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Richel Dursin. JAKARTA, Aug 10 (IPS) - Sofi Semiun was born 30 years ago but until now her birth has not yet been registered. ''My family is too poor to get a birth certificate. I'll just register my birth when it's time for me to get married,'' said Semiun, a native of Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, who works as a housemaid in Jakarta.

Christians and Muslims hope for peaceful coexistence (11/08/2004) #9132
in Maluku Islands
AsiaNews.it, 9 August, 2004
Ambon (AsiaNews) – The invisible line separating Muslim and Christian communities is slowly disappearing. Better security and the prosecution of those held responsible for the April violence have led to improved relations between Muslims and Christians on Ambon Island (part of the Maluku Islands, formerly known as Moluccas). Despite some isolated incidents relations between the two communities are now pacified, this according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, enabling many international organisations to resume operations in areas of Ambon once thought unsafe.

Palu high school gets bomb threat (10/08/2004) #9131
The Jakarta Post, August 10, 2004
PALU, Central Sulawesi: Palu I Junior High School received a bomb threat on Monday, forcing the school principal to evacuate hundreds of its students for safety. The threat that targeted the school was the second after a similar one in August last year.

4 antitank mortars found in Ambon (10/08/2004) #9130
The Jakarta Post, August 10, 2004
AMBON, Maluku: Merlin, an Ambon resident, discovered four antitank mortars in a house in Gunung Nona to which she was intending to move. Upon investigation, it was discovered that only one mortar was still active.

THE SITUATION IN THE MOLUCCAS - Report No. 446 (10/08/2004) #9129
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, August 9, 2004
REPORT BY OCHA - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Ambon reports on August 5, 2004 as follows: Several isolated violence and negative rumours are still rife in the province. Since the last major violence in April 2004, there has been steady improvement in the security situation.

Major graft cases probed in Maluku (10/08/2004) #9128
The Jakarta Post, August 10, 2004
M. Azis Tunny, Ambon. The Maluku Development and Finance Audit Body (BPKP) is set to investigate three major corruption cases, which caused tens of billions of rupiah in losses to the province.

Molotov cocktails lobbed at house (10/08/2004) #9127
The Jakarta Post, August 10, 2004
PEKANBARU: A molotov cocktail was thrown at the house of lawyer PH Silitonga at dawn on Monday in Kampar regency, following a similar incident last week that targeted the house of Riau provincial council speaker Djuharman Arifin in Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province.

West Papua 35 years on: Time to hear the truth (10/08/2004) #9126
The Jakarta Post, August 10, 2004
John Saltford, London. In his July 30th article in this newspaper, Foreign Affairs official Andri Hadi argues against any discussion of the 1969 Indonesian-organized act of self determination in West Papua known as the "Act of Free Choice".

Government must recognize, (10/08/2004) #9125
address the Papuans need for democracy
The Jakarta Post, August 10, 2004
Neles Tebay, Rome. It was the first time in the history of Papua that the Government of Indonesia recognized the Papuans' need for democracy (The Jakarta Post, July 30, 2004).This recognition is fundamental, not only for the Papuans, but also for the government and the international community.

Hoaxers 'will face terror charges' (10/08/2004) #9124
The Jakarta Post, August 10, 2004
Evi Mariani, Jakarta. Four bomb threats in Jakarta over the weekend have made the police take the issue seriously, with Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Firman Gani promising to deal harshly with perpetrators of bomb hoaxes.

Indonesian army blamed for Papua abuses (10/08/2004) #9123
The Sydney Morning Herald, August 9, 2004 - 2:39PM
Indonesian military and police in the separatist province of Papua have been blamed for a string of bloody human rights abuses following a probe by the country's human rights watchdog.

The trouble with the Jakarta lobby 'conspiracy' (10/08/2004) #9122
The Age [Australia], August 9, 2004
We should be able to debate our links with Indonesia without resorting to name-calling, writes Peter Rodgers.

Foreign Countries' Military Activities Threaten Maluku (10/08/2004) #9120
TEMPO, Friday, 06 August, 2004 | 18:25 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Ambon, Maluku:The borders of Maluku, particularly the islands in the outer part of West Southeast Maluku regency, are threatened by activities of the Australian and US militaries.

Police, military involved in Papua abuses: Komnas (09/08/2004) #9119
The Jakarta Post, August 09, 2004
Fabiola Desy Unidjaja, Jakarta. The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has completed the report on its investigation into bloody incidents in the Papua towns of Wamena and Wasior, saying soldiers and police committed gross abuses in both cases.

'Discriminatory' religion decree condemned (09/08/2004) #9118
The Jakarta Post, August 09, 2004
Sari P. Setiogi, Jakarta. Christian organizations have agreed on a plan to file a class action against the government for maintaining a joint decree on the construction of places of worship.

Review - Regions: OPM Lays Down Arms (09/08/2004) #9117
LAKSAMANA.Net, August 8, 2004 11:51 PM
aksamana.Net - Papuan leaders, including several from the Free Papua Organization, OPM, have agreed to lay down arms and pursue self-determination from Indonesia through peaceful means.
Maluku Military Discharges: No less than 56 soldiers based in the province have been discharged for indiscipline and other violations, the military said Tuesday (3/8/04).

Review - Politics: Poll Points to SBY (09/08/2004) #9116
LAKSAMANA.Net, August 8, 2004 11:53 PM
Laksamana.Net - A survey by the International Federation for Electoral Studies (IFES) conducted immediately after the July 5 first round presidential vote says Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (commonly known as SBY) remains the preferred candidate for the run-off on September 20.
Another Militant on Trial: An Indonesian accused of using his two decades of experience as a Muslim militant to run bomb-making workshops and plot terror attacks on Western interests went on trial Thursday (5/8/04).

Sentence demanded for minister (09/08/2004) #9115
The Jakarta Post, August 07, 2004
AMBON, Maluku: The prosecution demanded on Friday that the Ambon District Court sentence the Reverend Agustinus Sahertian, alias Avner, to two years in prison for attempting to incite people.

Indonesian judiciary in constitutional crisis (09/08/2004) #9114
The Jakarta Post, August 07, 2004
Tim Lindsey and Simon Butt, Melbourne. If Constitutional Court decisions in constitutional review cases do only apply prospectively, then the absurd situation is created whereby no litigant -- no matter how deserving and badly treated -- could ever receive the benefit of a win in the court.

Arrested Indonesian militants plotted suicide attacks (05/08/2004) #9109
ABC AUSTRALIA, 05/08/2004 01:25:02
Indonesian authorities say the capture of six Muslim militants seized in a raid at the end of June has dealt a blow to the Al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah group.

THE SITUATION IN THE MOLUCCAS - Report No. 445 (05/08/2004) #9108
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, August 4, 2004
TWO WOUNDED IN UNORDERLY SHOOTING - Last Sunday night, August 1, two people were wounded by a volley of gundfire by police Mobile Brigade personnel. The incident seriously wounded Raymond Kaya and a nine-year-old boy, Henry Pentury. It seemed that the incident began when police personnel were searching for Raymond Kaya.

Police rush to complete Ba'asyir terror case file (05/08/2004) #9106
The Jakarta Post, August 05, 2004
Abdul Khalik, Jakarta. Police are stepping up a gear in their effort to complete the case file on Abu Bakar Ba'asyir's alleged role in the JW Marriott Hotel bombing here last year, before his detention period expires in less than two months.

Suspect named in Langkat blast (05/08/2004) #9105
The Jakarta Post, August 05, 2004
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan. The North Sumatra provincial police announced on Wednesday that they plan to put into custody one of the victims of a recent grenade explosion -- for illegal possession of an explosive device.

Gunmen fire shots at prosecutor's home (05/08/2004) #9104
The Jakarta Post, August 05, 2004
LAHAT, South Sumatra: Unidentified gunmen shot fired shots at the house of a Lahat regency senior prosecutor last month, but no fatalities were reported, it was revealed on Wednesday.

Police officer demoted over wrongful shooting (05/08/2004) #9102
The Jakarta Post, August 05, 2004
Ruslan Sangadji, Palu. Comr. Rickly Naldo, the former operational chief for the Palu Police in Central Sulawesi, was demoted on Wednesday over a wrongful shooting by officers under his command.

Palu Police Officer Fired for Wrongful Arrest (05/08/2004) #9100
LAKSAMANA.Net, August 4, 2004 07:45 PM
Laksamana.Net - A senior police officer in the Central Sulawesi capital of Palu has been demoted for the wrongful shooting and arrest of a man in connection with last month's murder of a female minister at a church in the city.

Police break up Muslim militant suicide squad (05/08/2004) #9099
The Jakarta Post, 8/4/2004 1:19:34 PM
JAKARTA (AP): Six Muslim militants arrested last month in Indonesia were members of a suicide squad that was awaiting attack orders from leaders of the Jamaah Islamiyah (JI) terror group, a top security official told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

Rights groups accuse U.S. of covering up (05/08/2004) #9098
over Papua killings
The Jakarta Post, 8/4/2004 2:17:51 PM
JAKARTA (AFP): Rights groups in Indonesia's Papua province Wednesday accused U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft of a cover up over the killing of two U.S. teachers and an Indonesian near Papua's giant Freeport gold mine in 2002.

Bank receives bomb threat (04/08/2004) #9097
The Jakarta Post, August 04, 2004
AMBON, Maluku: The Batumerah branch of the Maluku Development Bank (BPDM) received a bomb threat on Monday night, but police officers who combed the building only found two packs of ammunition produced by state arms company PT Pindad.

Gunmen strike again in Palu (04/08/2004) #9096
The Jakarta Post, August 04, 2004
PALU, Central Sulawesi: Two weeks after the attack on the Effata church that killed a clergywoman, gunmen shot another Christian resident on Tuesday in Sausu district, Parigi Moutong regency, Central Sulawesi.

Tension prevails in Mamasa over split (04/08/2004) #9094
The Jakarta Post, August 04, 2004
Andi Hajramurni, Makassar. Three mostly Muslim districts in predominantly Christian Mamasa regency, South Sulawesi, were reported to still be tense on Tuesday, despite the lifting of roadblocks that had been in place for more than a week and which had been erected by groups either in favor of or opposed to the creation of Mamasa regency in 2002.

Indonesian militant regrets hotel bombing (04/08/2004) #9093
ABC AUSTRALIA, 04/08/2004 09:02:01
An Indonesian Muslim militant who allegedly helped mix chemicals used to bomb Jakarta's Marriott hotel a year ago has told his trial that he regrets his actions.

Military discharges 56 soldiers over violations in Maluku (04/08/2004) #9088
The Jakarta Post, 8/3/2004 12:51:46 PM
JAKARTA(AFP): The Indonesian armed forces have discharged 56 soldiers in the restive province of Maluku for indiscipline and other violations, the military there said Tuesday.

Indonesian military cracks down on indiscipline (04/08/2004) #9087
ABC AUSTRALIA, 03/08/2004 21:12:52
The Indonesian armed forces have discharged 56 soldiers in the restive province of Maluku for indiscipline and other violations.

56 soldiers discharged (04/08/2004) #9086
The Jakarta Post, August 03, 2004
AMBON, Maluku: The Pattimura military command overseeing Maluku province discharged on Monday 56 personnel for various offenses, including legal and disciplinary violations, and desertion.

Seven Bali bombing convicts quarantined in Balikpapan (04/08/2004) #9085
The Jakarta Post, 8/3/2004 4:31:05 PM
BALIKPAPAN, East Kalimantan (JP): Seven convicts of the Bali bombings are to be quarantined for one month after being transferred to the prison here from Bali, an official said.

Tension grips Ambon after shooting (03/08/2004) #9082
The Jakarta Post, August 03, 2004
M. Aziz Tunny, Ambon. A volley of gunfire shattered the calm in Ambon on Sunday night, instilling fear once again in residents of the beleaguered city.

Police apologize for wrongful arrest in Palu (03/08/2004) #9081
The Jakarta Post, August 03, 2004
Ruslan Sangadji, Palu. Central Sulawesi Police chief Brig. Gen. Taufik Ridha apologized on Monday for a wrongful arrest in connection with last month's killing of Rev. Susianty Tinulele at a church in the provincial capital of Palu.

Indon court clears 2 of involvement in Marriott bombing (03/08/2004) #9079
ABC AUSTRALIA, 03/08/2004 01:18:23
Two alleged members of Jemaah Islamiyah have been cleared by an Indonesian court of involvement in last year's Marriott hotel bombing in the capital, Jakarta.

JI members cleared of Jakarta hotel attack but still jailed (03/08/2004) #9078
The Jakarta Post, 8/2/2004 4:51:09 PM
JAKARTA (AFP): Two alleged members of the Jamaah Islamiyah (JI) terror group were on Monday cleared by an Indonesian court of involvement in last year's Jakarta JW Marriott hotel bombing, but were both jailed on other charges.

Bali bombing convicts moved (03/08/2004) #9077
The Jakarta Post, August 03, 2004
Wahyoe Boediwardhana and Mikael Onny Setiawan, Denpasar/Balikpapan. Seven men convicted for their roles in the October 2002 Bali bombings were transferred on Monday from a Denpasar prison to the Balikpapan penitentiary in East Kalimantan in order to be closer to their families.

Jail move granted to seven Bali bomb prisoners (03/08/2004) #9076
ABC AUSTRALIA, 02/08/2004 22:29:42
Officials in Indonesia say seven men convicted for their roles in the October 2002 Bali bombings have been allowed to switch jails on "humanitarian" grounds.

Indonesia: Displaced in Ambon still live in uncertainty (03/08/2004) #9070
Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), 30 Jul 2004
Hundreds of both Muslim and Christian families were forced to flee their homes during the riots that erupted in Ambon, Moluccas Islands in April. Different from the violence that erupted in 1999, which brought on a brutal civil war, the April incident did not turn into a long lasting sectarian conflict between Muslim and Christian communities, and did not spread beyond Ambon Island. The situation was brought under control within few weeks, and life has returned to normal for most people in Ambon.

Separatist arrested in Indonesia's Maluku Province (02/08/2004) #9066
ABC AUSTRALIA, 01/08/2004 08:15:31
The daughter of fugitive Maluku separatist leader Alexander Manuputty has gone on trial in eastern Indonesia for treason

Review - Regions: Papua Split Unlawful? (02/08/2004) #9065
LAKSAMANA.Net, August 1, 2004 11:47 PM
Laksamana.Net - The formation of West Irian Jaya and Central Irian Jaya provinces has sparked fierce criticism from numerous parties, who say the move serves the interests of certain groups in Jakarta instead of the Papuan people.
Maluku Separatists on Trial: Seventeen more activists of the Maluku Sovereignty Front (FKM) went on trial in the Ambon District Court on Tuesday (27/7/04) on treason charges over a separatist rally in April that sparked renewed violence.

Review - Politics: Blast Precedes Results (02/08/2004) #9064
LAKSAMANA.Net, August 1, 2004 11:55 PM
Laksamana.Net - A small explosion rocked the General Election Commission (KPU) Monday (26/7/04) as the agency prepared to announce final results of the country’s first-ever direct presidential ballot.
Ba'asyir Hemmed In: Police said Friday (30/7/04) they would charge militant Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir with involvement in the 2003 JW Marriott Hotel attack in Jakarta.

 Index of Previous News

News July 2004 (Urimesing

News July 2002 (Unpatti67)

News June 2004 (Urimesing)

News June 2002 #2 (Unpatti67)

News May 2004 (Nunusaku)

News June 2002 #1 (Unpatti67)

News April 2004 (Nunusaku)

News up to 31 May 2002 (Unpatti67)

News March 2004 (Taman Makmur)

News up to 22 May 2002 (Kariu67)

News February 2004 (Taman Makmur)

News April #2 & May #1 2002 (Kariu67)

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