Death Demand for Chief Prabangsa Murder Accused

DENPASAR 

 Three prosecutors called on judges at the Denpasar District Court on Tuesday to sentence Nyoman Susrama to death for the premeditated and brutal murder of former Radar Bali journalist Anak Agung Narendra Prabangsa.

“The defendant has been legally and convincingly proven to have committed a crime that took the life of another,” prosecutor Lalu Saifudin said in his argument for capital punishment.

Susrama had failed to express remorse and had refused to provide straightforward answers during the trial, he said. “None of these (things) can mitigate his sentence.”

In a separate trial, prosecutor Agung Mega also sought the death penalty for Wiradnyana, who he said had helped plan the murder and had beaten Prabangsa with a piece of wood.

At another trial, prosecutor Argita Chandra demanded a life sentence for Komang Gede, whom he said was involved in planning the murder and beating the victim with his hands.

“He is still young and behaved nicely at the trial,” Argita said after recommending the lighter sentence.

Four other defendants, including Wardhana and Sumbawa, are facing charges of murder and two more men are charged with being accomplices in the murder.

Susrama’s trial will continue next week, when lawyers will present their defence.

Home Business Boom

DENPASAR

Nearly 80 percent of young Bali entrepreneurs starting up businesses are doing so from home, according to the Bali branch of the Young Entrepreneurs Association (HIPMI), which has 290 members.

Most started businesses in this way as they lacked capital to establish offices elsewhere.

HIPMI Bali chairman Nyoman Suweca said the government should help young entrepreneurs starting their own businesses by providing access to capital and to markets.

Ferries Rained Off

GILIMANUK

Bali-Java ferry services were disrupted last Saturday when poor visibility and heavy rain forced authorities at Gilimanuk in Bali and Ketapang in East Java to close their ports.

The rain also caused severe flooding in Gilimanuk and the Melaya are of western Jembrana. Dozens of homes were flooded.

Kuta Beach Clean-Up

KUTA 

 Heavy equipment was called in this week to clean up garbage on Kuta Beach that Badung regency officials fear is putting tourists off a day on the sand.

Hygiene and public parks chief Wayan Suteja said he expected the clean-up would be a two-day job. He praised assistance provided by local traders and security officials who helped gather garbage into large piles for transport to the Suwung waste disposal facility.

But Suteja warned monsoon winds meant more garbage could still wash ashore on the popular beach.

Sugar Deal Sours

DENPASAR

 Bali faces a severe shortage of processed sugar, already under threat because rising world prices have pushed Indonesian importers out of the market, because East Java has banned shipments to Bali.

The ban imposed by the governor of East Java is in response to a global sugar shortage.

Bali’s industry and trade department head Gede Darmaja said trucks bound for Bali and carrying sugar had been halted at Ketapang, the ferry port for Bali.

East Java, Bali’s main supplier, has been sending seven to 10 tonnes of processed sugar a month and Bali’s stocks this week totalled only eight tonnes, he said.

The price of processed sugar in Bali has already risen from Rp9,000 (96 US cents) a kilogram to Rp12,500 ($1.34) a kilogram.

Airport Drug Swoop

TUBAN

 Three foreigners are in jail after being caught with drugs on arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport.

A French tourist, Francois Sidione, 35, was detained last weekend when he was found to be carrying 780 grams of heroin, two needles, several opium capsules and the drugs Viagra and Lamaline.

Police said this week two Malaysians were arrested at Ngurah Rai on January 20 when customs officers found them with 2.2 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in plastic pouches strapped to their waists, with an estimated street sale value of Rp2 billion (US$214,000).

The men, Chang Cheng Weng, 45, and Boo Guan Teik, 38, face possible death sentences if convicted.

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