» 08/30/2005, 00.00
High risk of terrorist attacks in Indonesia, says President Susilo
"Terrorist cells are still active", the President warns. He puts country's security forces on high alert and gives notice to Islamic extremists.
Jakarta: third conviction for Marriot and Ritz Carlton attacks of July 2009
Amir Abdillah, 34, transported explosives and took part in planning the attacks. He also drove Noordin Mohammad Top, Indonesia’s former Most Wanted. He will now spend eight years behind bars. He rejects the charges, saying he thought he was delivering “ingredients for cakes.”
Muslim leader detained in anti-Christian attack
Police announce that Muharli Barda, notorious head of the Islamic Defender Front in Bekasi, is a suspect in the case. Nine other people are involved, but their names have not yet been made public as the authorities continue to investigate the stabbing of a Christian clergyman.
Indonesians in uproar over proposal to censor internet
Communication Ministry spokesman announces draft bill to regulate internet use. The proposal provokes protests among ordinary Indonesians who oppose the idea. President Yudhoyono speaks out, defending “freedom of speech and freedom of expression.” The minister backtracks, claiming he is innocent since he knew nothing of the initiative.
Anti-Ahmadi decree inches Indonesia one step closer to an Islamic state
The country is split over the issue of religious freedom. Human rights activists, scholars and minorities call for decisive action by the president; otherwise the government will become a hostage to extremists whose ultimate goal is the introduction of Sharia law.
Democratic Party's main financial backer convicted on corruption charges
Siti Hartati, a businesswoman and head of the Indonesian Buddhist Forum Association, was sentenced to 32 months in jail and US$ 15,000 in fines. The scandal tarnishes the image of the president's party as the other major parties begin their own moralisation campaigns.
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