Indonesian Stands Trial over Danish Embassy Plot

JAKARTA An Indonesian militant went on trial on Thursday to face charges of plotting to attack the Danish embassy in revenge for cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published in a Danish newspaper in 2005. Heri Sigo Samboja, alias Sogir, 28, was arrested in an anti-terror police raid in June together with the country’s most wanted […]

Two on Trial Over Drug Imports

DENPASAR Two Nigerians recruited to play football for Indonesian premier league clubs are now facing the prospect of life jail terms for smuggling two kilograms of crystal meth into Bali. The men, aged 39 and 24, appeared at the Denpasar District Court on December 13 where the board of judges heard preliminary evidence. Chief judge […]

Visual Delight: It’s Christmas-decoration time again, some garish, some restrained. Among the latter are the decorous delights created by Sebastien Lahuile, who works from Shanghai, China, as The French Floral Artist and designed this year’s seasonal show at Ayana Resort and Spa, Jimbaran. Photograph: The Bali Times

Radical Cleric Bashir Could Face Death Penalty

JAKARTA Prosecutors promised a swift trial of radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir after police charged him on Monday with inciting others to commit terrorist acts, a crime carrying the death penalty. “We want to try him very quickly,” South Jakarta prosecutors office chief Mohammed Yusuf told reporters after the aged extremist presented himself under tight […]

Five Years Sought for Rp23bn Fraud

AMLAPURA Prosecutors have called for a five-year jail sentence for Nyoman Suardana, former chairman of the Karangasem Building Cooperative, who is on trial over the disappearance of Rp23 billion (US$2.5 million) from cooperatives funds. Chief prosecutor Putu Sugiawan told the Amlapura District Court last Monday that Suardana had made no attempt to repay the money […]

Rock Star Ariel Stands Trial Over Web Sex Videos

BANDUNG Rock star Nazril Ariel went on trial on Monday charged with distributing two homemade sex videos on the internet, in a case that has shocked and fascinated the country. Ariel, 29, appeared at a closed-door trial at the Bandung District Court, West Java province, facing criminal charges including under a 2008 anti-pornography law, prosecutor […]

Three Soldiers Stand Trial over Torture Video

JAYAPURA Three soldiers appeared before a military tribunal in Papua on Friday to face charges over the alleged torture of Papuan civilians which was captured on video. The trial comes days ahead of a visit by US President Barack Obama to Indonesia, on the heels of the Pentagon’s announcement in July that it would resume […]

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 […]