Bali News Update Week 41.

 

My Heart Belongs to Daddy

Bali Nine Member Ranae Lawrence Caught in Murder Conspiracy Plot at Kerobokan Prison

 

(10/27/2013) Ranae Lawrence, a member of the “Bali Nine” drug smuggling ring, once touted as a model prisoner at Bali’s Kerobokan Prison, could face more jail time after prison officials discovered a hand phone with text messages plotting a double murder and a knife in her cell.

 

The cell phone was uncovered during a routine raid conducted by prison officials that netted 52 cell phones. Prisoners are not permitted to own or operate personal communication devices.

 

Lawrence’s phone contained messages exchanged with another female prisoner, convicted child kidnapper Joaninha Maria Sonia Gonzales, plotting to murder two guards at the prison.

 

In the messages, Lawrence urged Sonia to kill two female guards.

 

The Jakarta Globe says the prison warden has confirmed that Lawrence confessed to the plot.

 

Lawrence has been immediately moved to a prison facility in Jembrana while Sonia, a native of East Timor, has been relocated to a prison in Gianyar.

 

Prison officials have elected not to charge the two women with murder conspiracy, handling the matter only as a violation of prison rules. Lawrence and Sonia may, however, lose future and past cuts in their sentences and the loss of privileges (for Lawrence) earned by acting as a model prisoner and section coordinator at Kerobokan

 

Sonia Gonzales kidnapped a 2-year-old French child from a Bali hotel and threatened reporters covering her trial. According to the prison warden, Lawrence – an avowed Lesbian – sent an SMS to Sonia ordering the murder, saying, "Use the knife, use the metal chains (chains wrapped around your fist.” Sonia later answered by SMS, saying: "Yes Daddy, I will do anything you say. I am used to going in and out of prisons. You only die once."

 

Lawrence’s quick relocation from the prison has reportedly also revealed her involvement in extortion of other female prisoners who are now coming forward to tell the Prison Warden of Lawrence’s menacing behavior and abuse towards fellow prisoners

 

The prison warden, Gusti Ngurah Wiratna, claims he was betrayed by Lawrence who he treated as a daughter and who he now depicts as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

 

The Warden is now reportedly exploring if recent sentence cuts given to Lawrence can be revoked. 

 

Depths of Sadness

A Second Boy Drowns in as Many Days at Lake Batur, Kintamani, Bali

 

(10/27/2013) Only two-days after the tragic drowning of a 16-year-old Balinese boy at Lake Batur on October 21, 2013, another boy has drown in the waters of the volcanic lake located at the foot of the still active volcano.

 

A 12-year-old junior high school boy, I Nyoman Simpen, from Bukit Tunatung Banjar drowned in 5-meters of water near Pura Segara on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

 

The body of the young boy, who has told his parents he was going to pray at a nearby temple, was found floating in the lake on the afternoon of the following day. 

 

At the time of his body’s discovery, Simpen was naked, his traditional costume worn to prayers folded neatly on a nearby shore.

 

Police found no indications of foul play and after examinaton returned the boy’s remains to his parent’s home.

 

Nyet” means ‘No’

Police Unable to Make Arrest in Rape of Russian Woman in Bali

 

(10/27/2013) NusaBali reports that police have failed to make an arrest in the October 10, 2013, brutal rape of a 26-yea-old Russian woman at the Prana Gading Residence in Jimbaran, South Bali.

 

A spokesman for the criminal investigation division of the South Kuta Police Precinct told NusaBali that police continue to seek new leads in the case.

 

After interviewing 15 witnesses and conducting a thorough crime scene investigation, police are still unable to identify the perpetrator two weeks after the crime. 

 

Police say their investigation has been complicated by the victim’s inability to identify the rapist and the lapse of time between when the actual crime occurred and when it was reported to police.

 

Police were only informed of the crime 24-hours after it occurrence.

 

A Monumental Achievement

Large Marble Monument Carried and Placed at Peak of Bali’s Mount Batur to Celebrate Area's UNESCO Geopark Status

 

(10/27/2013) A marble monument has been installed at a height of 1,717 meters above sea level on the peak of Mount Batur in Kintamani, Bangli, Bali. 

 

The installation and inauguration of the massive monument measuring 2.5 x 2 meters took place on Sunday, October 27, 2013 on the edge of the mountain's caldera.

 

An engrave inscription recalls that 29,300 years ago the height of Mount Batur was between 3,000-4,000 meters until a cataclysmic volcanic explosion reduced its height by half and created the present-day caldera measuring 13.8 x 10 kilometers. Mt. Batur has exploded 26 times between 1804-2000 A.D, including a more recent massive explosion that took place in 1926.

 

On September 20, 2012 Mount Batur and its surrounding environs earned UNESCO Geopark status.

 

The marble monument invites those who climb the peak to help preserve the natural beauty of the area and not leave plastic rubbish on the mountain.

 

Prior to its installation on the mountain top, the marble monument was hoisted to its location on the shoulders of members of the Indonesian Armed Forces and Police who laboriously maneuvered it up the narrow mountain's hiking path. Local citizens also participated by hauling cement, water and the various  tools needed to complete the monument’s installation.

 

Speaking at the ceremony, the Regent of Bangli, I Made Gianyar, compared the establishment of the Batur Geopark with the history of the Indonesian people. He told the audience how both the Park and the Nation were born from a long struggle that, in the end, earned international recognition.

 

Bali for the Hormonally Challenged

Huffington Post Pokes Light-Heartened Fun at Ubud Tourism

 

(10/27/2013) Simi Singh Juneja – a self-described Mother, Writer and Epiphany Finder has written a light-hearted and humorous description of “new-age tourism” as it is practiced Ubud, Bali. 

 

Her article in the Huffington Post – “Bali Through the Eyes of the Hormonally Challenged” pokes fun at those who follow in the path of American authoress Elizabeth Gilbert seeking to Eat, Pray, Love on the Island of the Gods.

 

Juneja spent 10-days in Ubud pursuing remedies for hormonal change in Yoga, vegetarianism, group-therapy, meditation, night sweats, massage and self-discovery.

 

Come Fly with Me!

Indonesian Transport Ministry Seeking to Reduce Number of Foreign Pilots Working for National Carriers

 

(10/27/2013) The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation is implementing steps that will limit the number of foreign pilots working for Indonesian air carriers in an effort to enlarge working opportunities for Indonesian pilots.

 

The stricter rules come after the recent discovery that some foreign pilots had been misreporting their total number of flying hours in order to obtain captain eligibility in specific aircraft types.

 

While confirming the forged flight hours had occurred, a spokesman for the Ministry of Transportation refused to divulge the names of the airlines found to be employing pilots with overstated flight experience.

 

Traditionally, Lion Air and Garuda Indonesia hire the larget number of foregn pilots.

 

Indonesian flight rules require 1,000 hours experience in type to qualify as pilot-in-command and 250 hours to serve as a co-pilot. 

 

At present, of the 7,000 commercial pilots licensed to fly in Indonesia, foreign pilots fill only 600 positions.

 

It still remains unclear how the Ministry plans to make it more difficult to hire foreign pilots, a concern for many Indonesian carriers seeking crew to fly newly acquired airplane and the still low number of new Indonesian pilots graduated from national flight schools each year.

 

Adding to the shortage of Indonesian pilots are the number of highly qualified Indonesian pilots seeking and obtaining positions on foreign carriers.

 

According to The Jakarta Globe, Indonesia needs some 1,000 new pilots each year, 7,500 technicians and 1,000 air traffic controllers. Indonesian currently falls short of that requirement, graduating only 400-600 pilots each year.

 

All in good fun and a very enjoyable read.

 

Say Boo!

Celebrate Halloween with a Night of Spells at L Hotels & Resorts Seminyak, Bali on Thursday, October 31, 2013

 

(10/28/2013) L Hotels and Resorts Seminyak will celebrate Halloween on Thursday, October 31, 2013 with a Night of Spells.

 

Starting at 6:00 pm and running until late, the Luna Roof Top Bar will be spookingly alive with:

Welcome Witches Brew

Delicious snacks

A spooky DJ

Horror movies

Special gifts and surprises

Admission is only Rp. 220,000 (US$20) and covers admission, welcoming witches brew and a gift.

 

Space is limited and advance booking is essential. For more information or bookings call ++62-(0)361-8947898 or [Email]  

 

Night of Spells

 

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Another Day to Die

News Analysis: Are Hopes that Indonesia will Abolish the Death Penalty Premature?

 

(10/27/2013) The remissions of a pending death sentence against two Indonesians on death row awaiting hanging in Malaysia, has generated a ray of hope for the more than 130 Indonesians and foreigners now sitting on death row in Indonesian prisons.

 

Upon hearing that Heni Herawati and Indah Kumala Sarihad had their death sentences suspended, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said via his Twitter Account, “I express my thanks to the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, their lawyers and other elements of the government for their efforts and hard work.”

 

According to Kompas.com, the President credits efforts by agencies of the Indonesian government in freeing more than 140 Indonesians imprisoned abroad from the threat of execution.

 

Calling on Indonesians to always abide by the laws of their host nations, the President hopes that there will be no future cases with citizens of the Nation charged with capital crimes.

 

A Double Edged Sword

 

The President admitted that whenever Indonesian Citizens are freed from the threat of the death penalty, those countries in turn request Indonesia to also suspend the death penalty in return. “For instance, they ask me to free or reduce the punishment of foreigners threatened with the death penalty in Indonesia,” said the President in a subsequent Tweet.

 

In the case of Heni and Indah, the two women had their death sentence remitted after the Public Prosecutor in Kuala Lumpur withdrew drug possession charges against them. The State News Agency Antara reports that the Prosecutor’s decision was based on a legal brief filed by a lawyer engaged by the Indonesian Embassy. The Prosecutor also demanded that the two women assume the role of lead witnesses.

 

On the same day, Heni and Indah were called to testify before the Supreme Court after which the Chief Justice remanded them to the care of the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur in order that they could be returned to Indonesia.

 

The two women were arrested on January 17, 2013 in the parking lot of a starred hotel in Kuala Lumpur and charged with violations of the narcotics law.

 

Indonesia's Crowded Death Row

 

There are approximately 134 people awaiting execution in Indonesian prisons. An estimated 55 of these are foreign nationals facing the ultimate punishment for drug offenses.  Meanwhile, the number of Indonesian’s under death penalties in foreign jails may number more than 400.

 

The president’s Twitter statements, Indonesia's recent abstaining vote from an European Union vote against the death penalty, and statements made by senior officials - including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, suggest Indonesia may be slowly distancing itself from the death penalty. 

 

Foreigners Awaiting a Firing Squad in Bali

 

Among those waiting execution in Bali are three foreign prisoners: A British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford; and Australians Myru Sukraman and Andre Chan. 

 

All three are have exhausted an appeal process, meaning their last remaining hope of is the commutation of their sentence by the Indonesian President.

 

Will Pardons be Issued?

 

And while an apparent softening in Indonesia’s stance in favor of the death penalty weighs in their favor, a President known for his irresoluteness and the pedictable pressures to look tough on crime in the run up to an election would make a change in the fortune of those on death row a very unexpected and welcome surprise.

 

Making Pedophiles Pay for Their Crimes

Bali ECPAT Conference Calls for Seizure of Assets of Those Convicted of the Sexual Exploitation of Children

 

(10/26/2013) A number of nations participating in a Bali conference on legal protection for the victims of child sexual exploitation have urged that financial compensation be given to children victims of the commercial sex industry.

 

As reported by Suara Pembaruan, the conference participants contend that the courts have it their powers to seize the assets of those committing such acts, with the proceeds distributedto the victims of such crimes and their families.

 

Ahmad Sofian, the coordinator of End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) Conference said on Friday, October 25, 2013: “In the meeting it was concluded that imprisonment for those who perpetrate sexual crimes against children was insufficient, but that these criminals must also pay compensation. If the criminal cannot pay, the responsibility for compensation must move to their country of origin.”

 

Sofian said the countries participating in the conference hoped that laws and regulations protecting children from sexual exploitation would soon be amended to allow the proposed compensation scheme.

 

In addition to financial compensation, Sofian said countries need to also consider how to rehabilitate the health and mental condition of the victims of the child sex industry.

 

The ECPAT Conference, held in cooperation with the French Embassy, took place in Nusa Dua October 23-24, 2013, with delegates from the police, public prosecutors, judges, academics, journalists and community activists from more than 14 countries participating in the seminars and discussions.

 

The Conference also examined the ability of law enforcement officials to handle cases of child sexual exploitation. “The police and prosecutors, for example, must have the ability to communicate with the victims. They need to posses interviewing skills. The questions posed to victims must not add to their suffering by asking victims to repeatedly repeat the details of their victimization,” said Sofian.

 

Sofian insists that the victims of childhood sexual exploitation have the right to therapy and rehabilitation.

 

He said that the decisions of the ECPAT Conference are not binding on the participating countries, but are given to be considered in formulating laws regarding the sexual exploitation of children.

 

“ECPAT Indonesia will bring the conclusions of the conference to the Ministers for the Empowerment of Women and the Protection of Children, the Minister of Justice and Human Rights and legislators for further action and consideration in introducing laws and amendments on child protection,” said Sofian.

 

With Liberty and Justice for All

Indonesian President to Open Bali Democracy Forum November 7-8, 2013

 

(10/25/2013) Following the success of the recently completed Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference 2013 (APEC), the southernmost regency of Badung in Bali is becoming increasingly focused on the meeting, conference and event market.

 

To this end, Bali will act as host to the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) to be held at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC) November 7-8, 2013.

 

The BDF with the theme of “’Consolidating Democracy in Pluralistic Society’’ will be opened with a specially commissioned original dance performance of “Widyadari” performed by 10 beautiful professional dancers that will complement an opening address scheduled to be delivered by Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

 

More than 58 countries are expected to send delegations to the BDF.

 

The conference is intended to serve a forum for participating countries to share insights and ideas on developing democratic institutions.

 

A coordination meeting was held in late October with the police, community security and regency officials to ensure the Bali Democracy Forum runs smoothly.

 

With Liberty and Justice for All

Indonesian President to Open Bali Democracy Forum November 7-8, 2013

 

(10/25/2013) Following the success of the recently completed Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference 2013 (APEC), the southernmost regency of Badung in Bali is becoming increasingly focused on the meeting, conference and event market.

 

To this end, Bali will act as host to the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) to be held at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC) November 7-8, 2013.

 

The BDF with the theme of “’Consolidating Democracy in Pluralistic Society’’ will be opened with a specially commissioned original dance performance of “Widyadari” performed by 10 beautiful professional dancers that will complement an opening address scheduled to be delivered by Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

 

More than 58 countries are expected to send delegations to the BDF.

 

The conference is intended to serve a forum for participating countries to share insights and ideas on developing democratic institutions.

 

A coordination meeting was held in late October with the police, community security and regency officials to ensure the Bali Democracy Forum runs smoothly.

 

Cutting Travel Times in Bali

Governor Urging New Over-the-Sea Toll Road to Connect Kuta and Jembrana in West Bali

 

(10/27/2013) After the successful opening and commence of operations of the Mandara Toll Road connecting Sanur and Nusa Dua, the provincial government of Bali is now examining constructing another toll way connecting Kuta – Soka (Tabanan) – Perkutatan (Jembrana).

 

The proposed west coast toll way would cover 70-kilometers and relieve congestion on for vehicle traveling to and from Gilmanuk, the crossing point to Java.

 

The proposed roadway was already been discussed on the Cabinet level with the Minister of Public Works.

 

According to NusaBali, Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika revealed the plans for the new road on Monday, October 21, 2013 after addressing a joint session of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali).

 

Using the same development model used for the Mandara Toll Road, the new toll road would be built using a business consortium, with possible supplemental support from the Central budget.

 

Quoted by NusaBali, Pastika said: “I recommend we build the Pantai Kuta – Pantai Soka – Pantai Pekutatan Toll Road. This will be a road over the ocean. From Kuta Beach the road would penetrate to Perkutatan – a distance of 70 kilometers.”

 

Pastika emphasized that the Kuta-Soka toll road is being proposed because the social impact (of the construction) would be minimal and the cost of construction would be less than an overland road requiring large amounts of land acquisition. 

 

Pastika added, “Once the Jalan Bypass IB Mantra was built, left and right of the road became congested and the land was grabbed up.” Because the proposed new toll road would be built along the ocean’s edge there will be no need to acquire land and less threat of development along the road’s edge.

 

The roadway, said Pastika, is being considered by the Department of Public Works together with a proposed monorail system. “Whichever is the most relevant, that is what will be built,” explained the Governor.

 

When the Governor was asked about the possibility of public debate emerging over plans for the west coast toll road, he answered that such a polemic was always a possibility.

 

“Everything begins with a dream. Someone must be brave enough to dream,” said Pastika. Referring to Indonesia’s Minister of State-owned Enterprises, Pastika continued: “Dahlan Iskan can become a Cabinet Minister after being only a reporter. If he can do that, why can we do the same? But, don’t dream for too long. If we only dream, nothing gets built.”

 

Pastika said that at Soka Beach on the proposed road an interchange would be installed to access on and off the proposed toll road. Other short cuts could be placed at Selemadeg, Tabanan.

 

Pastika said that if the toll way was built the current travel time of 3 hours between Denpasar-Tabanan-Jembrana could be substantially reduced.

 

Pastika’s proposal mirrors proposals from Jakarta to construct a toll road connecting Denpasar to the Port of Gilimanuk.

 

Current informal estimates of building a toll road from Denpasar to Jembrana have been put at Rp. 6 trillion (US$545 million).

 

Laying Down on the Job?

Jembrana, Bali Officials Unworried at Migration of Commercial Sex Trade from East Java

 

(10/26/2013) A decision by the government of East Java to close prostitution centers and the possible implications of that move on the nearby regions of West Bali appears to be a little concern to the regional government of Jembrana, Bali.

 

The regional administration of Jembrana’s indifference ignores concerns expressed in other quarters that the “sex trade” of East Java will seek a new base of operation in adjoining regions, such as Jembrana.

 

As reported by Beritabali.com, the chairman of Forum for the Resurrection of the People of Jembrana (Forum Kebangkitan Masyarakat Jembrana-FKMJ), Gusti Putu Noder, has warned that a number commercial sex workers will relocate to Jembrana, an area he says is increasingly favored by those in the flesh trade.

 

Noder said certain areas are likely to be chosen by those relocating their commercial sex trade to Bali. He cited the villages of Delod Berawah, Mendoyo, Baluk, and nearby Negara and Melaya, at the entrance to Gilimanuk, as areas already known for their cafes and houses of prostitution.

 

Speaking euphemistically, Noder added: “It been proven that in the last week, a number of cafes in Delod Berawah have welcomed a number of new girls as ‘waitresses.’ It is also certain the many of these girls also work as ‘female entertainers.’” 

 

Meanwhile the vice-regent of Jembrana, Kembang Hartawan, on Monday, October 21, 2013, turned a cold shoulder to suggestions that prostitution was due to quickly expand in his region. Hartawan said the regional government does not need to take anticipative steps following the closure of prostitution centers in East Java. Hartawan said that it would still take a long period of time to eliminate and close such centers in East Java.

 

“Such things are difficult to overcome because the problem of prostitution has existed since the beginning of time and won’t ever disappear. The proof is that the Dolly prostitution center in East Java remains open. Only the hours of operation have been limited. I don’t think any special anticipative steps are needed. It all depends on us,” said the vice –regent of Jembrana.

 

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