Expat related news

Before I post this, I should make clear it's hardly the norm and the guilty are very likely to get a serious hammering of whatever sort.


Four police officers have been arrested after a British man was kidnapped and ransomed for $900,000 (£697,000) in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.

The officers stopped the man at a road block last week on the pretext of an arrest, investigators allege.

But after being taken to a police station, he was moved to a hotel, where payment was demanded for his release.

The man, whom the BBC is not naming, is believed to have been freed after the ransom was paid.

The British Embassy confirmed they were aware of the incident but they told news agency AFP the investigation was being handled by local police.

He had been stopped on one of the city's highways and taken to the police station before ending up in the hotel in east Jakarta, where his alleged captors interrogated him all day.

It ended with them demanding he call his boss to ask for the ransom, to be paid in US dollars

But police swooped on the suspects as they attempted to convert the money into local currency.

Jakarta Police spokesman Argo Yuwono told CNN Philippines the kidnap attempt had involved "unscrupulous" members of the police force.

Two civilians are also under arrest for their alleged roles in the man's abduction.

Unusually, local press hae named names.

A sad situation when the police are involved in kidnappings ,this is another level of law breaking by "the boys in blue"  ,they have guns and i dont ,very worrying .

Sounds like mogadishu 35 years ago !

scouser59 :

A sad situation when the police are involved in kidnappings ,this is another level of law breaking by "the boys in blue"  ,they have guns and i dont ,very worrying .

Sounds like mogadishu 35 years ago !

Ner, it's an unusual event that got stamped on by the cops fast. Seems, according to the second link, the Italian sounding perps set the game up.

Ya its the first time iv heard of this here ,normally its lower level stuff traffic etc .

scouser59 :

Ya its the first time iv heard of this here ,normally its lower level stuff traffic etc .

Even that's improving a lot - I'm happy to say.

New expats, and new jobs

https://en.tempo.co/read/1268924/59-chi … es-to-java

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) said 59 Chinese investors engaged in the wood and furniture business will relocate factories to Indonesia. The investors plan to relocate their industry to Central Java.

The Chinese investors decided to relocate their industry because of Indonesia's ability to maintain its investment climate, BKPM chief Bahlil Lahadalia said.

Another reason is the simple process of licensing in Central Java, which Bahlil said is one of Indonesia's provinces with the best licensing system and service.

As always, these are quite unusual, but it never hurts to be aware murders are around

https://en.tempo.co/read/1271672/six-in … de-bombing

Seems it's not certain what happened to the bombers, but the assumption is they blew themselves to hell in bits too small to find at this point.
At least some good news came out of the event.

The now dead terrorist can be seen blowing his bollocks off in this link, clearly an especially crap terrorist because he decided to suicide himself to hell in a place there were very few people.

https://www.tribunnews.com/regional/201 … u-tak-utuh

Expats committing crimes in Indonesia can look forward to a hard time. In this case, the Chinese embassy is likely to leave them to whatever comes their way without objection.

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/201 … ested.html

Foreign fraudsters: Chinese citizens suspected of online fraud line up to enter the Jakarta Police’s Criminal Investigation Department general crimes division office in South Jakarta for a press conference on Tuesday.(JP/Dionnasius Aditya)Police have arrested a total of 85 Chinese nationals and six Indonesians in Jakarta and Malang, East Java, for allegedly running a fraud scheme targeting people on mainland China.The suspects are accused of being part of an international cybercrime syndicate that may have also operated in Malaysia.The Jakarta Police started the investigation that led to the arrests after receiving a tip from the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia

I wonder if this will apply to expat kids.


The Tangerang administration is collecting data on every child in the district for its soon-to-be-issued Children's Identity Card (KAI). The district's Citizenship and Civil Records Agency (Dukcapil) is visiting every sub-district office to collect the data. Here, a Dukcapil officer takes a profile photo of a girl in Pondok Cabe, South Tangerang, Banten on Monday to be used on her KAI card.

Expats considering using escooters might want to read this

https://coconuts.co/jakarta/news/jakart … violators/

As we await the Jakarta administration’s regulation on the operation of personal mobility devices (PMDs), the Jakarta Metro Police has scooted ahead and enforced an almost total ban on e-scooters based on its interpretation of existing laws on transportation.

Starting yesterday, all e-scooters — rented or privately owned — are now forbidden on public roads, sidewalks and bicycle lanes and can only be operated in designated areas, which include the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex, Monas (the National Monument) and some public parks.

The police said that riding e-scooters outside of the designated areas is a violation of articles 282 and 104 of the 2009 Law on Traffic and Transportation (LLAJ), which subjects motorists who disobey police officers’ instructions to a fine of IDR250K (US$17.74).

This isn't a problem for expats as such, but the attitude could be an issue for some expat job seekers in other types of work as it's very common over here.

https://coconuts.co/jakarta/news/indone … rs-report/

Several Indonesian ministries are banning pregnant, disabled, or LGBT job hunters in favour of what one called “normal” applicants, the Ombudsman said Friday, slammed as “arbitrary and hateful restrictions” by a rights group.

Expats and tourists should take care to remain within the law and the terms of their visa or they could find themselves in trouble.

https://en.antaranews.com/news/137231/c … -nationals

Banjarnegara, C Java (ANTARA) - The Central Java immigration authorities deported 104 foreign nationals since early this year over varied immigration violations, Immigration Division Chief of Central Java Provincial Office of Law and Human Rights Ministry Esti Winahyu Nurhandayani stated.

"Most had overstayed their permits, while some had violated immigration permits," she noted here on Tuesday.

Of the total, 14 were subject to immigration law enforcement comprising 13 from the immigration checkpoint of the Semarang Immigration Office and one from the non-immigration checkpoint of the Pemalang Immigration Office, she remarked.

In the meantime, Chief of the Immigration Checkpoint of the Cilacap Immigration Office Bisri stated that 17 of the 104 foreign nationals deported from Central Java were from the Cilacap Immigration Office.

"Most who had just been set free were foreign convicts since the jurisdiction of the Immigration Checkpoint of the Cilacap Immigration Office covers the Nusakambangan prison island. Hence, most of the deportees were former convicts of the Nusakambangan prison island," he explained.

Several foreign workers employed in a few companies in Cilacap were also deported during the January-November 2019 period. "Cilacap is home to a thermal power plant and Pertamina (oil refinery)," he stated.

Large organisations doing collections on the streets or in malls are not that common and many find them a nuisance, but it's probably better to totally avoid ones that the Indonesian government has issues with.
Greenpeace made itself unpopular some while ago, just as the WWF has managed this time so, with an overabundance of care, it's probably better to ignore them if you see them out and about.

https://www.eco-business.com/news/wwf-h … indonesia/

This news is also bad for expats directly involved in their work

Bit of a shame for the WWF as they tend to do outstanding work in general in many countries, however the organisation does have its tainted parts with the odd scandal, quite possibly that has partly contributed towards its end in Indonesia
Also with current developments with LNG and so one I doubt the government wants them in Indonesia to advise etc

Update to the story in #132

https://en.antaranews.com/news/137367/8 … ts-request

Seems the Chinese government are interested, but very probably not in a good way for the detainees.

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Jakarta Metropolitan Police have deported 80 Chinese nationals suspected of online fraud at the request of the Chinese government. "We received a request from the Chinese government and their embassy to help arrest (the Chinese nationals involved) in the online fraud that has victimized many Chinese residents," Director of the Special Criminal Detective Directorate of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Senior Commissioner Iwan Kurniawan said Thursday.

Expats working in Freeport should be aware, as I'm sure you are, the Papua "Freedom fighters", also known as mass murderers of innocent, unarmed civilians, are at their killing game again, thankfully unsuccessfully this time.

For those in other countries, including Australia, with a mind to support these poor oppressed people (read - murdering pigs), you're supporting terrorists - So stop being so bloody stupid.

https://en.antaranews.com/news/137448/p … escort-car

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - Papuan gunmen fired at an escort car owned by PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) at around Mile 60 in Tembagapura Subdistrict, Mimika District, Papua Province, on Saturday but there were no casualties in the incident, a military spokesman said.

The gunmen who fired at the PTFI's "Delta Zone" escort car might belong to an armed Papuan rebel group, led by Hengki Wamang, Spokesman of the XVII/Cenderawasih Regional Military Command Colonel Eko Daryanto told ANTARA in Jayapura on Saturday evening.

The ill-fated vehicle was attacked when the driver and its two passengers, Latif and Matthew Philips Driven by Ramadhani, were waiting for the coming of an employee shuttle bus coming from the Timika bus terminal, he said.

A Dutch guy has been accused of murdering a local woman (Sorry it's in Indonesian)

https://news.detik.com/berita-jawa-timu … -kabel-usb

The upshot seems to be someone beat up Nur Hofiani, then strangled her with a USB cable.

This is mostly illegal fishing than expat related, but it serves as a reminder to enter the country properly or there could be problems awaiting you.

https://en.antaranews.com/news/139143/t … ls-in-2019

The Immigration Office in Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands Province, deported 50 foreign nationals last year for being involved in a number of legal cases including drug abuse and illegal fishing.

The figure dropped drastically from 186 a year earlier, Chief of the Tanjungpinang Immigration Office Hongky Juanda said on Saturday.

Most of the deportees were Vietnamese nationals involved in illegal fishing, he said.

"Before being deported to their country, they had served their jail terms in accordance with the Tanjungpinang District Court's verdicts," Hongky said.

The immigration office also denied entry to 70 foreign nationals last year, increasing significantly from 27 the year before, he said..

They were denied entry to the capital of Riau Islands Province because they demonstrated behavior which is against local norms, he said.

Some of them arrived in Pangkalpinang while they got drunk or had other purposes than the objectives of their visits to the province, he said.

"They wanted to go on vacation. But after we checked them, they had other purposes so they were denied entry," he said.

The immigration office will always try to tighten surveillance of foreign nationals staying in Tanjungpinang, he said.

This holds lessons for all foreigners in Indonesia who fancy using a vehicle. It says 'tourist' but he seems to be a long term expat of 11 years.

https://en.tempo.co/read/1293640/califo … pasar-bali

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A tourist from the United States, Ryan Matthew, is reportedly arrested by Denpasar Police after committing a hit-and-run on two locals in the area of Uluwatu, South Kuta, while driving under the influence of alcohol. ...

..... The victims of Ryan's reckless driving were taken to the Jimbaran Hospital with bruises and have been sent home by doctors. Meanwhile, Ryan Matthew himself sustained injuries to his head and body and was treated at the Surya Usada Hospital in Nusa Dua.

Police say that it is not clear whether the tourist sustained his injuries due to the accident or because of a crowd-beating he allegedly received.

"Police say that it is not clear whether the tourist sustained his injuries due to the accident or because of a crowd-beating he allegedly received."

:lol:   There isn't quite anything like Balinese karma!

Wow, I didn't know they were that bold. However your right karma is real.

This is one expat I'm less than happy about being anywhere near Indonesia, much less anything to do with deciding anything of importance

https://en.tempo.co/read/1295857/tony-b … -committee

Tony Blair Joins Indonesia's New Capital City Steering Committee

I feel there is scope for this to be an error.

I sure hope Bush Jr. doesn't jump on board too :o

More tourist than expat

Fools drunk on cheap booze might well find themselves in a free hotel

https://en.antaranews.com/news/139736/a … er-in-bali

Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) - Another Australian tourist from Ferndale, Perth, was placed in detention by the Kuta Precinct Police for allegedly assaulting a taxi driver outside LXXY Bar, Kuta, in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, an official confirmed.

Tore Gerard Vincenzo Bempasciuto, 23, was accused of banging his head on a taxi driver named Saiful Nurokhim, though the suspect had denied any wrongdoings during interrogation.

It seems, according to the story, he headbutted a taxi driver, stole the driver's phone, then ran away.

Seems a journalist has been arrested by immigration. The story his employer is putting out is nasty Indonesia is suppressing journalists, but it also notes he had the wrong visa and deliberately worked as a journalist without the correct immigration paperwork.

https://en.tempo.co/read/1298094/award- … -indonesia

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Philip Jacobson, an award-winning editor for the environmental science news outlet Mongabay, has been arrested for an alleged visa violation in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, on Tuesday after being put under city arrest for a month.

Jacobson, 30, was first detained on December 17, 2019 after attending a hearing between the Central Kalimantan parliament and the local chapter of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), Indonesia’s largest indigenous rights advocacy group.

He had travelled to the city shortly after entering Indonesia on a business visa for a series of meetings. The day he was due to leave, immigration authorities seized his passport, interrogated him for four hours and ordered him to remain in the city pending their investigation.

On January 21, more than a month later, Jacobson was formally arrested and taken into custody. He was informed that he faces charges of violating the 2011 immigration law and a prison sentence of up to five years. He is now being held at a prison in Palangkaraya.

People treat immigration as if they're stupid - They aren't so it's a really good idea not to lie to them.


https://en.tempo.co/read/1298577/immigr … journalist

There's a call for immigration to explain their actions, but the same people are not calling for Jacobson to explain why he seems to have deliberately applied for the wrong visa, then deliberately misused it.
Those calling for explanations appear to be admitting he committed immigration violations by working as a journalist on a business visa, but don't appear to think breaking immigration rules allows immigration to arrest someone.

This specific case is obviously politically motivated.

For the rest, yes I agree dont try to play the smart guy with immigration.

Bali Frog :

This specific case is obviously politically motivated.

That's the way it's being painted, but it hardly explains why he deliberately used the wrong visa. Political or otherwise, and it appears to be from his side, the story suggests he tried to pull a fast one and got nabbed.

Back to drug dealer, and this one sounds a lot like he should become an inmate at the place he works. Some fool from California, on a tourist visa but with an apartment (odd) managed to get nabbed dealing weed.
It looks like he'll get five years to consider how foolish he is.

https://en.tempo.co/read/1298908/califo … -marijuana

Thank you to cops for removing this bloke from society.

Another bunch nabbed by immigration

https://en.tempo.co/read/1298003/13-afr … urce=dable

So many people treat immigration as if they're fools, but they aren't, so don't.

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - West Jakarta Immigration Office will deport 13 foreign nationals from Africa due to violation of residence permit. The 13 people were nabbed in two apartments in West Jakarta. They are 10 Nigerians, two from Ivory Coast, and one from Guinea Bissau.

Bali Frog :

This specific case is obviously politically motivated.

That's how it's being painted, but with no explanation as to why he seems to have deliberately broken immigration laws.
Of course immigration have the right to arrest him.

Well, busy day for this thread.
A US citizen (and a local) have been arrested for being stupid. Personally I find this lot to be a right pain in the backside, sick of their door knocking in England, and having to tell them to get stuffed in a McD in Bintaro.

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/202 … jambi.html

Jehovah's witnesses this time, but they'll be more.

A citizen of the United States and an Indonesian national have been arrested by the Telanaipura Police in Jambi for allegedly spreading the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Simpang Empat Sipin subdistrict of Jambi city.

“The arrest was made based on reports from residents who were concerned by the individuals’ activities in the neighborhood,” Telanaipura Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Yumika Putra said on Wednesday.

Another visa abuse case

https://en.antaranews.com/news/140203/p … n-practice

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Jakarta Metropolitan Police arrested a Chinese doctor on charges of abusing his tourist visa to open a practice without a medical practice permit from the health authorities.

The Chinese doctor, identified by his initials as LS, was arrested along with the owner of the medical clinic, identified by his initial as A, on January 13, 2020. "Doctor LS only has a tourist visa on his passport without any work permit from the Indonesian government," Chief of the Public Relations Section of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Senior Commissioner, Yusri Yunus, said in Jakarta on Thursday.

Deportation is normal for working illegally.

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/202 … obson.html

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD plans to deport award-winning journalist Philip Jacobson, who allegedly violated his visa restrictions.

"I will contact the National Police and the Law and Human Rights Ministry's Immigration Directorate General to deport him as soon as possible," Mahfud said on Friday.

Mahfud said that the American journalist came to Indonesia on a visit visa. However, during his stay in Indonesia, Jacobson used the opportunity to carry out journalism work.

Expats or tourists might well be concerned about the latest nasty virus from China, especially if you on Bali where there are lots of Chinese tourists, but it's still a lot more likely the cold symptoms you have or notice in other people, is just a common cold.

https://jakartaglobe.id/news/coronaviru … h-minister

However, just in case, precautions are in place.

A few hundred Indonesian expats abroad have just got some bad news

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/202 … virus.html

Indonesians that went to fight for I SIS have been told they won't be allowed to return. They burnt their passports and renounced citizenship, then took part in, or supported, mass killings.
I can see Pak jokowi's point.

The government has decided not to repatriate Indonesian citizens who joined the Islamic State (IS) movement, Coordinating Legal, Political and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD announced.

Selamat Jokowi!   :top:

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