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Corrupt Indonesia politician sentenced to 15 years in prison

Apr. 24, 2018 7:44 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced a politician praised by President Donald Trump to 15 years in prison on Tuesday for his role in the theft of $170 million of public money, a victory for anti-corruption police fighting the country's rampant graft. Setya Novanto, the former speaker of...

Police arrest alleged key figure in Indonesia alcohol deaths

Apr. 18, 2018 6:11 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police arrested the alleged head of a bootleg liquor empire on Wednesday following the deaths of dozens of people this month from drinking tainted alcohol. West Java police spokesman Trunoyudo Wisnu Andiko said Samsudin Simbolon was captured in a palm oil plantation in...

Indonesia court rules against seizure of luxury yacht

Apr. 17, 2018 11:23 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Indonesian police's seizure of a luxury yacht at the request of the FBI was unlawful, a Jakarta court said Tuesday, in a blow to the U.S. probe into an alleged multibillion-dollar theft of funds from a Malaysian state investment company. At the South Jakarta District Court,...

Indonesia alcohol deaths exceed 100 as police vow crackdown

Apr. 11, 2018 7:26 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Deaths from drinking toxic bootleg alcohol in Indonesia have surpassed 100 this month, police said Wednesday as they vowed a "scorched earth" crackdown on the makers and distributors of black-market liquor. Deputy National Police Chief Muhammad Syafruddin said deaths have been...

More than 80 dead from tainted liquor in Indonesia

Apr. 10, 2018 7:15 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities say at least two dozen people have died in the past day from drinking toxic bootleg liquor, raising the toll to 82 this month and highlighting how attempts to curb legal alcohol have tragically backfired. National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said Tuesday...

Indonesian militant given 9 years jail for inciting attacks

Apr. 9, 2018 11:52 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced an Islamic militant to nine years in prison on Monday for masterminding a double suicide bombing last year that targeted police at a bus terminal in Jakarta. Kiki Muhammad Iqbal, 38, was among six suspected militants who were arrested days after the...

More than 50 Indonesians dead in April from bootleg liquor

Apr. 9, 2018 5:11 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — More than 50 people have died in little more than a week after drinking bootleg liquor in western Indonesia, including in the capital, Jakarta, officials said Monday. In the latest incident, 20 people died between Thursday and Monday in Cicalengka subdistrict near the West Java...

Oil spill that caused Indonesia fire was due to broken pipe

Apr. 4, 2018 9:50 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An oil spill that caused a fire that killed five people and sickened hundreds in an Indonesian port city came from a broken pipe the state-owned energy company was using to transfer crude oil, police said Thursday. A preliminary investigation had identified the leaking substance...

British show's take on rendang curry riles Southeast Asians

Apr. 3, 2018 8:44 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Judges on a popular British cooking show are being ridiculed for ignorance of Asian food after insisting a Malaysian contestant's chicken rendang curry should have been crispy. Foodies in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia have taken to social media to vent at the critique of the...

Prosecutors demand 16 years prison for Indonesian politician

Mar. 29, 2018 6:16 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Prosecutors demanded 16 years in prison for a senior Indonesian politician accused of playing a key role in the theft by officials of $170 million of public money. At a sentencing demand hearing on Thursday, prosecutors also called for fines and the seizure of Setya Novanto's...