Suspected Leading Terrorist Arrested

JAKARTA Police said on Friday they had arrested top terror suspect Abu Tholut, seen as one of the most dangerous Islamist extremists in the country. Tholut, 49, is suspected of playing a lead role in the formation of a militant training camp that was found in Aceh in February, as well as recruiting militants and […]

Two Held in Latest Drug Arrests

TUBAN The arrest of a Filipina at Bali’s international airport on December 1 — only disclosed on Monday — led to the arrest of the man in Jakarta to whom she was paid to smuggle heroin. Marisa Costino Gibbon, who arrived on a flight from Bangkok, was found to carrying 107 grams of heroin in […]

Dutchman Arrested on Arrival over Drugs

TUBAN A Dutchman was arrested after arriving at Ngurah Rai International Airport on Tuesday over possession of illegal drugs, a customs official said. Customs officers found marijuana and ecstasy pills in the luggage of Willem Van Straten, airport customs chief Made Wijaya told reporters. Van Straten, 33, flew into Bali on a Malaysia Airlines flight […]

Winasa Now Faces Threat of Arrest

DENPASAR Police investigating Jembrana Regent Gede Winasa over corruption allegations have sent a letter to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono seeking permission to detain him, a requirement under the leadership code. Winasa is now also under investigation over a separate allegation of money laundering. Bali Police anti-corruption chief Komang Suwirya, who announced that the letter had […]

Expat on Trial over Drugs

DENPASAR A French citizen went on trial at the Denpasar District Court on Wednesday, accused of possession of hashish. Garcia Patrice, 49, faces up to four years’ prison if found guilty. The man, who was living in Bali, was arrested at his home in Denpasar in August. Bali Police said this week that the number […]

Aussie Expat ‘Long-Term’ Cocaine User, Court Told

DENPASAR A New Zealand-born Australian man living in Bali had a long history of drug abuse before his arrest on the island in June, the Denpasar District Court has heard. Angus McCaskill, 57, was apprehended at the upmarket Pepito supermarket in Tuban, near Ngurah Rai International Airport, following an all-night drinking binge during the World […]

Playboy Editor Starts Serving Jail Sentence

JAKARTA The former editor of the Indonesian edition of the American men’s magazine Playboy began serving a two-year prison sentence in Jakarta this week after being on the run in Bali. Erwin Arnada, who was sentenced by the Supreme Court in August to serve two years in jail for indecency despite a lack of nudity […]

It’s Not Mine, Insists Alleged Aussie Drug Smuggler

TUBAN An Australian man arrested by customs officials at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport after he arrived on a flight from Bangkok allegedly carrying 1.7 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine has insisted the drug is not his. Michael Sacatides, 43, caught the attention of customs officers after an x-ray scan of his luggage revealed suspicious packages, […]