Politics, Law and Security

Death Sentence for Cleric

Radical cleric Aman Abdurrahman was sentenced to death by an Indonesian court June 22 for ordering Islamic State group-affiliated militants to carry out attacks including the January 2016 suicide bombing at a Starbucks in Jakarta. Abdurrahman, who police and prosecutors say is a key ideologue for IS militants in the world’s largest Muslim nation, kneeled and kissed the floor as the panel of five judges announced the sentence while counter terrorism officers guarding him uttered “praise be to God.”

Jokowi Allies Lead in Regional Elections

The Wall Street journal reported that Indonesian voters handed allies of President Joko Widodo victories in regional elections, easing pressure on the moderate leader from increasingly assertive hard-line Muslims ahead of his bid for re-election next year. Tens of millions of Indonesians turned out on Wednesday across this sprawling archipelago nation for a six-hour peaceful vote for governors, mayors and other leaders in areas home to more than 150 million voters, about three-quarters of the electorate. Unofficial counts showed allies of the religiously moderate Mr. Widodo or his party winning gubernatorial races in four of the five most populous provinces up for grabs, each a key campaign ground for next April, when the president runs for a second five-year term. Observers say a number of the contests in Java were proxy battles between President Joko Widodo, who is widely expected to seek re-election, and his most likely opponent next year, former general Prabowo Subianto, who lost in the 2014 presidential election. In West Java province, popular Bandung mayor Ridwan Kamil, an ally of the President, leads in post election polls against Mr Sudrajat, a close campaign aide to Mr Prabowo. In Central Java, incumbent governor Ganjar Pranowo, a senior ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) cadre, is in a two-way race with Mr Sudirman Said, a candidate fielded by the main opposition Gerindra party, which was founded by Mr Prabowo. Mr Sudirman served as energy minister for two years before being sacked by he President in 2016. Meanwhile, a two-way race in East Java province highlights the tensions between the President, who is popularly called Jokowi, and his political patron, PDI-P chairman Megawati Sukarnoputri. The candidate favoured by Ms Megawati, Mr Saifullah Yusuf, is taking on Ms Khofifah Indar Parawansa, a Jokowi ally who recently quit as social affairs minister to run for the East Java governor post.

Port of Jakarta Risk Lowered By Industry Group

The Joint War Committee (JWC) (comprises underwriting representatives from both the Lloyd’s and IUA company markets) stated that the Port of Tanjung Priok has been declared safe to accommodate world shipping activities. The JWC has removed the Indonesian port from its list of ports that are susceptive to war. The Director General of Sea Transport Agus Purnomo said that the improvement of the port’s status will help it improve and be more competitive. “This shows the world’s trust in Indonesia; that the Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta is considered safe,” said Agus on Monday, June 25. During the time Tanjung Priok was included in the War Risk list, ship owners were imposed to pay additional insurance costs. This was one of the factors hampering the port’s competitiveness.The Joint War Committee included the Jakarta Tanjung PriokPort in their war risk list of ports on September of 2017, and is officially off the list per June 2018. (Tempo)