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Reducing the Indonesian military's hold over civil society
New armed forces chief wants greater respect for democracy, human rights, political pluralism and military out of business. It remains unclear though how this can be achieved without weakening the institution.
30/04/2008 INDONESIA – EAST TIMOR
Ramos-Horta apologises to Indonesia, studies possible military ‘co-operation”
In his visit to Jakarta East Timor prime minister apologies on behalf of his president who had accused Indonesia of involvement in the attack against him in February. The visit is also meant to vet the possibility of military co-operation between the two countries, something which the international community views with concern.
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.
President Susilo orders an end to army offensive against Aceh rebels
Order is an attempt to save August 15 signing of official peace accord. Amnesty for rebels is being prepared, whilst foreign observer team is being set up.
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.
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.
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