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Indonesian police arrested the boss of home-made liquor  manufactory in Cicalengka that killed at least 45 people in Central Indonesia.

Some 100 people have died in Indonesia this month from drinking toxic alcohol, who 45 of them killed in the West Java district of Cicalengka, police said.

Deputy National Police Chief Commissioner Gen. Pol. Syafruddin said police arrested the boss of alcohol producer, Samsudin Simbolon, in his own palm oil plantation in southern Sumatra on early Wednesday, ending his run for the past week.

"We have arrested the main perpetrator of the alcoholic case that cause many casualties," said Syafruddin, who use only one name.

Police held a press conference at Samsudin's luxury home, which was allegedly purchased from the proceeds of selling the illegal alcohol.

In addition to Samsudin, the police also determined his wife and two agents as suspect. They allegedly knew and helped Samsudin run the business that has been going on for the last two years.

Police are still hunting for four others who allegedly helped Samsudin blend the home-made liquor.

Police ensure that the alcohol contains methanol and ethanol which can lead to poisoning. Other ingredients are energy drinks and food coloring.

"The victims mostly experienced shortness of breath and difficulty breathing after drinking the alcohol," said Syafruddin.

In Indonesia, methanol is sold freely on the market, usually used for paint mixture.

In the process of investigation, police found an 18 meters x 4 meters bunker behind the house, which serves as a place to mix and store the alcohol. Police found more than 5000 bottles of the drinks ready for distribution and the ingredients.

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Indonesia’s ultra-conservative Aceh province will only no longer hold canings in public places, but rather only inside prisons, nor allow images of the punishment to be recorded, the provincial government chief said on Thursday.

Aceh is the only province in majority-Muslim Indonesia that follows Islamic law and imposes public caning for crimes like theft, gambling and adultery. In 2014, the province outlawed homosexuality.
The move to restrict access comes nearly a year after two men convicted of having gay sex were publicly flogged and images of their punishment were livestreamed and uploaded on the Internet, drawing international criticism.
“The prisoner is punished once, but if it’s recorded on video and that’s uploaded to YouTube, he is punished for life with those images,” Aceh governor Irwandi Yusuf, who will issue a decree to change the rules, told reporters.
He added the canings will be carried out inside prisons and members of the public and media will be allowed to witness but not record images or videos of the punishment. Children will no longer be allowed to witness corporal punishment.
“Imagine if children witness a punishment and there is applause... Is that what Islamic law means?” he added.
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An Indonesian worker was beheaded in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, which drew criticism from the migrant workers organization.

The Jakarta-based migrant worker organization Migrant Care said Muhammad Zaini Misrin was executed in Saudi Arabia on Sunday (18/3) at 11.30 local time.

"According to the statements of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the authorities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia did not inform about this execution (with conveying mandatory consular notification) to the representatives of Indonesia," said Migrant Care in a press release.

Zaini Misrin, a resident of Bangkalan, Madura, was accused of killing his employer in the city of Mecca in 2004. But the government was informed of Zaini's legal status when a Saudi court had sentenced him to death four years later.

"The execution of Zaini Misrin is a form of human rights violation, especially if it goes to his confession that he was forced to admit to the killing after pressure and intimidation from the Saudi authorities," said Migrant Care.

"In court proceedings until sentenced to death penalty, Zaini Misrin also did not get a neutral and impartial translator," the group said.

The Saudi Arabian Government, it said, violates the principles of international manners by never submitting the Mandatory Consular Notification either at the start of the judicial process with the maximum penalty and also the execution.

Before the execution, President Joko Widodo had send a letter to King Salman to review Zaini's criminal case.

The execution of death sentences against migrant workers has occurred several times in Saudi Arabia. In 2015, Siti Zainab and Karni were also executed without notification to Indonesia.

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Jakarta, The Indonesianist -  Indonesian police uncovered a new mode of trafficking in person used by syndicates in East Nusa Tenggara, one of the provinces where several of its citizens are victims of the crime.

Director of the Criminal Investigation Unit of the East Nusa Tenggara Regional Police Senior Commissioner Yudi Sinlaeloe said the trafficking syndicate now sends victims to Malaysia in turns, no longer in groups.

"In the past (illegal migrant worker) was sent together through the airport (Kupang), so it was successfully thwarted, now they send (migrants) one by one so as not to be caught," Yudi said on Thursday as quoted by

All migrants are departed from Kupang to shelters in Surabaya, Jakarta, Tangerang, and Medan. Syndicate then prepare documents for departure abroad.

Most of the migrant passports were made in Blitar, Siak, Pekanbaru, and Batam, with falsified identities.

"This new mode began to unfold in 2016," said Yudi.

The death of migrant worker from the island of Nusa Tenggara in other countries, especially Malaysia, continues to happen.

On February, an illegal migrant worker Adelina Lisao was killed in Malaysia for allegedly tortured by her employer.

The 21-year-old woman suffered severe injuries in head and face, and infections in hands and feet whem found in her employer's home in Taman Kota Permai, Malaysia. According to neighbor's testimony, Adelina slept in front of the house with a dog for the past month. She died in the hospital after being evacuated by the authorities.

More than 60 illegal migrant workers died in Malaysia in 2017, the data of jakarta-based migrant worker organization Migrant Care.

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A cigarette addict in Indonesia has demanded two tobacco companies pay more than one trillion rupiah ($75 million) in compensation for losses suffered from cigarette addiction over the years.

Quoting from on Friday, Rohayani (50) sent a summons to two national tobacco companies, PT Gudang Garam Tbk and PT Djarum, in mid-February.

Rohayani will be accompanied by two senior lawyers Todung Mulya Lubis and Azas Nainggolan from Solidarity Public Advocate for Tobacco Control Indonesia.

"We filed a complaint against Djarum and Gudang Garam as business company producing and distributing cigarettes consumed by our clients from 1975 to 2000 so that he was addicted and decreased quality of life," Lubis said during a press conference in Jakarta.

To Gudang Garam, Rohayani demanded Rp 178,074,000 for the money he spent to buy cigarettes, as well as compensation worth Rp 500 billion.

Meanwhile, PT Djarum Tbk is required to pay Rp 293.068.000, plus compensation of Rp 500 billion. Total demand reached more than Rp 1 trillion.

In addition, Rohayati will also demand health care costs, which will now be counted.

Tigor said it will wait for compensation payments for up to seven days.

"If the demands are not enforced, there is a possibility we will bring the case into the law," he said.

While smoking is decreasing across the world, it is actually increasing in Indonesia. It is estimated that 200,000 people die annually from the effects of smoking.

Ironically, some owner of tobacco companies are wealthy businessman who have a wealth of millions of dollars and occupy the position of the richest people in the country, based on Forbes list.
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The Indonesian government is deciding to move the muslim cleric involved in terrorism case Abu Bakar Ba'asyir from prison with maximum security on humanitarian grounds.

Ba'asyir, who now inhabits the prison of Mount Sindur in West Java, will be moved to a prison located close to his hometown in Sukoharjo, Central Java.

"We decided to move him to a prison close to his home," said Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto.

The transfer of Ba'asyir, who is now 80 years old, is based on humanity since he is old and sick so need to be near of his family.

"He is old enough and has been in prison for quite a while, and his health is certainly declining,"

A medical team previously said that Ba'asyir experienced chronic venous insufficiency bilateral, and advised him to be treated outside the prison.

Wiranto said the security aspects of the leader of Majelis Mujahidin Indonesia (MMI) will remain a priority.

"We keep him from not spreading his ideology, not freely in detention and interacting with anyone. There is still a rule," said Wiranto.

The transfer will be carry out as soon as possible.

The decision at once aborted some growing speculation that Ba'asyir would be house arrest, even get the pardon of the president.

Australia government urged Indonesia last week to not give any leniency toward the ideological leader of the Bali bombers.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s office on Saturday described Bashir as the mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, mostly foreigners including 88 Australians.

Bishop’s office said in a statement that Australians expected justice to continue to be served to “the full extent that Indonesian law allows.”

“Abu Bakar Bashir should never be allowed to incite others to carry other future attacks against innocent civilians,” the statement said.

Bashir was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2011 for supporting a military-style training camp for Islamic militants.

The firebrand cleric was arrested almost immediately after the Bali bombing. But prosecutors were unable to prove a string of terrorism-related allegations. He was instead sentenced to 18 months in prison for immigration violations.

Indonesian Police has arrested at least six members of a syndicate spreading provocative issues in social media, which is considered to be disrupting the security of the country.

Director of National Police's Investigatif Unit Brigadier Gen. (Pol) Fadil Imran said that the sindycate communicate through WhatsApp group "The Family of MCA (Muslim Cyber ​​Army)".

"Based on the results of the investigation, this group often spreads the provocative issues in social media," Fadil said in a written statement on Tuesday.

The six were arrested in various cities accross the country; Jakarta, Bandung, Bali, Pangkalpinang, Palu, Yogyakarta, and Sumedang.

They distribute contents in some issues such as the rise of the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) that was banned by The government, the abduction of preacher, and the defamation of the president, the government, and certain figures.

They also spread content containing viruses to certain people. "They are spreading a virus that is deliberately sent to an opponent person or group that could damage electronic devices for the recipient," Fadil said.

Police are investigating suspects intensively, including finding out other possible suspects from the groups followed by the syndicate members.