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‘They took my daughter away’: Parents say daughter who joined IS in Syria is victim

first_imgWarjiyem, 50, believes her daughter, Dani Fajarwati, 30, is a victim, not an Islamic State (IS) fighter, despite the fact that she is now in Al Hol Camp in Syria.“She went to Syria because her husband took her there. She is now in a tent at the camp with her toddlers,” Warjiyem told The Jakarta Post on Friday.In 2014, Warjiyem said, Dani and her husband went to Syria without telling Dani’s parents. Warjiyem believed her son-in-law was responsible for taking her daughter to Syria and joining the IS. Warjiyem cried the first time they spoke after five years without contact. She said her daughter was on the run and was hiding in empty houses. “I could not bear the thought that she, while taking care of her two young children, had to hide from one empty house to another only sustaining herself on half a bottle of water.”Since establishing contact, the parents have received pictures of their grandchildren, two boys aged 3.5 and 1.5.Warjiyem said she did not know where to ask for help so she could see her daughter again.  “I’m a good citizen, I will follow every government regulation [concerning repatriation], so please help us. We are the victims here. Please help me bring my daughter back.” Warjiyem said.She said she would support a deradicalization program for her daughter if necessary.Warjiyem remembered Dani as a funny, smart and cheerful girl who lived in their small house in Serengen subdistrict, Surakarta, Central Java. “But after she met her husband, she quickly became very private,” Warjiyem said.The couple married in secret in Lamongan, East Java, in 2013, without Warjiyem or her husband’s knowledge or approval.“My daughter often contacted her aunt, my sister. She remembered her number. We got this information from my sister,” she said.Warjiyem said she hoped President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, a former mayor of Surakarta, could help her family see their daughter again.“I beg you sir, Pak Jokowi, help me. I’m one of your people; I’m from [Surakarta] too. They took my daughter away. She was just a young girl; she did not know about anything. Please bring her back to Indonesia.“If you cannot bring my daughter home for some reason, please at least, Mr. President, have mercy and repatriate my grandchildren,” she said.Paidin, who was quiet for most of the interview, spoke up at the end to plead with the government. “I hope the President can see that not all of them are guilty. Please, allow some consideration. My daughter is a victim; she was just a callow person when her husband got into her [head],” he said.Many Indonesian citizens like Dani and her children are living in limbo in camps in Syria. Some 660 Indonesian citizens have been identified as foreign terrorist fighters who have pledged allegiance to IS and joined the movement in Syria and surrounding countries.Jokowi and Coordinating Legal, Political and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD share similar views on the issue. They both disagree with the idea of repatriating Indonesian citizens who went abroad to join IS.Topics : Warjiyem said she heard about her daughter’s whereabouts from her sister who lived in Jakarta and had a close relationship with Dani. Warjiyem and her husband Paidin, 53, learned that Dani was in the late stages of pregnancy when her husband took her to Syria.Warjiyem, 50, a resident of Surakarta, Central Java, shows a picture of her daughter, Dani Fajarwati, 30, and her grandson in Al Hol Camp in Syria. Warjiyem believes her daughter was a victim of her husband, who took her to Syria in 2014 without her parents’ knowledge. (JP/Kusumasari Ayuningtyas)After five years of silence between Dani and her parents, they finally spoke again last year.“While she was with her husband, we could not reach her. But after a big battle in March of last year, my daughter got separated from her husband, and since then, she has been able to contact me, borrowing her friends’ cell phones because she did not have one,” Warjiyem told the Post.last_img read more

One injured as three-story rooming house collapses in South Jakarta

first_imgA three-story rooming house in the Pela Mampang district of South Jakarta collapsed on Saturday morning.The Jakarta Police, through its Twitter account @TMCPoldaMetro, said the house on Jl. Bangka Barat IV had 20 rooms.08:24 Rumah Kost 3 lantai dan ada 20 pintu kost2an ambruk di Jl. Bangka Barat IV RT. 03/07 Kel. Pela Mampang #Jakarta Selatan, saat ini msh penanganan Polri.— TMC Polda Metro Jaya (@TMCPoldaMetro) February 8, 2020“Police are currently handling the situation,” Jakarta Police tweeted on its official Twitter account. Police have yet to determine the total number of people residing in the house. At least one person was injured in the incident, according to media reports.The police are still investigating the cause of the accident. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Malaysia suspected MH370 downed in murder-suicide: Aussie ex-PM

first_img“I’m not going to say who said what to whom but let me reiterate, I want to be absolutely crystal clear, it was understood at the highest levels that this was almost certainly murder-suicide by the pilot – mass murder-suicide by the pilot.”Zaharie’s family and friends have long strongly rejected such claims as baseless.In 2016, Malaysian officials revealed he had plotted a path over the Indian Ocean on a home flight simulator but stressed this did not prove he deliberately crashed the plane.A final report into the tragedy released in 2018 pointed to failings by air traffic control and said the course of the plane was changed manually.But they failed to come up with any firm conclusions, leaving relatives angry and disappointed.Six passengers were Australian, including four from Queensland state, where Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk this week suggested authorities may pursue an inquest into their deaths.Topics : Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has claimed “very top” level Malaysian officials believed vanished Flight MH370 was deliberated downed by the captain in a mass murder-suicide.The Malaysia Airlines jet vanished on March 8, 2014 carrying 239 people – mostly from China – en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.No sign of the plane was found in a 120,000-square kilometer (46,000-square mile) Indian Ocean search zone and the Australian-led search, the largest in aviation history, was suspended in January 2017. A US exploration firm launched a private hunt in 2018 but it ended after several months of scouring the seabed without success.The disappearance of the plane has long been the subject of a host of theories – ranging from the credible to outlandish – including that veteran pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah had gone rogue.In an excerpt from a Sky News documentary airing Wednesday, Abbott claims he was told within a week of it vanishing that Malaysia believed the captain had intentionally downed the jet.”My very clear understanding from the very top levels of the Malaysian government is that from very, very early on here, they thought it was murder-suicide by the pilot,” he said.last_img read more

Olympics could be delayed, admits athletics chief Coe

first_imgInternational Olympic Committee chairman Thomas Bach said earlier this week that starting on schedule on July 24 remained the organisation’s goal.But Coe, who is a member of the Tokyo Olympics Games Coordination Commission, conceded in an interview with the BBC that a delay was possible.”That is possible, anything is possible at the moment,” said Coe when asked whether the Games could be postponed to September or October.”But I think the position that sport has certainly taken, and it was certainly the temperature of the room in the conversation I had the other day with the IOC and our other federations, is that nobody is saying we will be going to the Games come what may. “But it isn’t a decision that has to be made at this moment.”Coe, who played a pivotal role in securing the Olympics for London in 2012, said postponing the Games until 2021 could present problems.”That seems on the surface of it an easy proposition, but member federations actually avoid Olympic years often to have their world championships,” he said.Britain’s retired four-time rowing Olympic gold medallist Matthew Pinsent called for decisive action.”On a global front we have other priorities and I think the Olympics should at the very least be saying we should postpone or indeed just cancel at this stage and we’ll talk about postponement later on,” he told the BBC.”I just don’t think there’s much of a choice at this stage.”Topics : World athletics chief Sebastian Coe admitted on Thursday that the Tokyo Olympics could be moved to later in the year by the coronavirus outbreak, but said it was too early to make a definitive decision.Olympic bosses acknowledged on Wednesday there was no “ideal” solution as a growing number of athletes expressed concern.The COVID-19 pandemic is playing havoc with the global sporting calendar, forcing the postponement of Euro 2020 and a suspension of the tennis season.last_img read more

Malaysia announces $58-bln stimulus package to cushion impact of coronavirus

first_img“This unprecedented situation of course requires unprecedented measures. So, my dear brothers and sisters, and the children of this beloved country… please bear with me and my friends in the cabinet and the government.”The new package largely includes one-off payments and discounts on utilities for people whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic, and to help small and medium-sized enterprises stay afloat and retain their staff.The government will also set up a 50 billion ringgit loan scheme for larger companies, which will offer guarantees of up to 80% of the sum borrowed to shore up working capital in the corporate sector.About 128 billion ringgit will be spent on public welfare measures, with 100 billion used to support businesses.The package is in addition to a 20 billion ringgit stimulus plan announced last month. Topics : Malaysia announced a stimulus package worth 250 billion ringgit ($58.28 billion) on Friday, its second in a month, to help cushion the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic.The number of confirmed infections in Malaysia has doubled this week to over 2,000, the highest in Southeast Asia, with 23 deaths. The government has extended curbs on travel and movement until April 14 in an attempt to contain its spread.”We are a nation at war with invisible forces. The situation we are now facing is unprecedented in history,” Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin Muhyiddin said in a televised address to announce the support package.last_img read more

Indonesian students feel safer in Australia despite PM’s call to go home

first_imgAs countries around world face the COVID-19 pandemic, some Indonesian students said that they felt safer staying in Australia, despite Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s statement that international students “make their way home”.On Friday, Morrison advised holiday visa holders and foreign students who are unable to support themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic to return to their home countries as the country looks to reserve economic aid for its own citizens.”As much as it’s lovely to have visitors to Australia in good times, at times like this, if you are a visitor in this country, it is time […] to make your way home,” Morrison after a Cabinet meeting on Friday, as quoted by Australian public broadcaster ABC. Nadiah felt that the hospitals in Australia were more capable, adding that going home might risk contracting the disease during travel and endangering her family back in Indonesia. “I feel safer here,” she said.As of Sunday, Indonesia has announced 2,273 confirmed cases, with 191 deaths, while Australia has recorded 5,687 cases, but only 35 deaths.Marissa Devi, a 27-year old student pursuing her master’s degree at the University of South Australia in Adelaide echoed Dian’s sentiments.“I personally feel safer here, specifically South Australia. A few days ago, it was reported that the state was the best for COVID-19 testing worldwide,” she said. “My parents have asked me to go home, but I feel that, in Jakarta, the risk of contracting the disease is even greater, not to mention the limited capacity for testing.”Indonesia has only tested 7,986 people as of Saturday, while Australia has tested more than 260,000 people.The Indonesian Embassy in Canberra, however, advised Indonesian citizens with travelers and working holiday visas to “immediately arrange a return trip to Indonesia” following the Prime Minister’s statement.Embassy spokesperson Billy Wibisono said that the embassy and consulates would keep track of Indonesian nationals holding working holiday visas that needed help while continuing to aid ones that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Australia.Topics : Despite the prime minister’s statement, Dian Dini Primadani, the vice president Indonesian Student Association (PPIA) in South Australia, said that around 160 students in the state chose to stay put as they felt safer.She added that some students that have gone back to Indonesia before the pandemic cannot go back to Australia now, forcing them to postpone their studies.Several Indonesian students said they chose to stay because they felt that Australia has better healthcare capabilities.“Because if I go home in Indonesia the conditions are the same, or maybe even worse right?” Nadiah Ghina Shabrina, a 22-year old Indonesian studying for a master’s degree at the University of Technology Sydney told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.last_img read more

PREMIUMIndonesia’s biofuel plan in limbo as problems in sugarcane production mount

first_imgTopics : Indonesia biogasoline Energy-Mineral-Resources-Ministry bioethanol-mixed-gasoline-E10 biodiesel sugarcane-farmers sugar-production LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Indonesia’s plan to roll out sugarcane-based biogasoline will miss another deadline this year as upstream problems in the country’s sugarcane heartland remain unsolved.The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry issued five years ago a regulation mandating the nationwide use of 10 percent bioethanol-mixed gasoline (E10) starting this year, an increase from 2 percent in 2015, yet the target has still not been achieved.The biogasoline will be made from molasses, a byproduct of sugar production. However, a sugarcane farmers association in East Java, a province that accounts for half of domestic production, told The Jakarta Post that crop productivity had actually been falling over the past four years.“For bioethanol, the challenge is economic feasibility. [High] molasses prices and [low] sugarcane productivity makes ethanol’s main raw ingredient quite expensi… Facebook Google Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? Linkedinlast_img read more

Missing boy found dead inside a crocodile in Maluku

first_imgThe boy did not return home after going for a swim at a local beach in Waimingit village, Air Buaya district, Buru regency, on Wednesday morning.A joint search and rescue team began searching for the boy in the area following a missing person report filed by his family. The team, comprising personnel from the local Search and Rescue Agency, Maluku Water and Air Police unit and Air Buaya Police combed the shores on Wednesday but found nothing. The team searched a nearby river the next day, where they found a large crocodile in the water.The team decided to shoot the crocodile and cut it open, discovering the boy’s body inside.“The crocodile was found 150 meters away from the location where the boy was reported missing. His parents told us they suspected their son had been eaten by a crocodile,” Ambon National Search and Rescue Agency head Muslimin told reporters on Thursday.The boy’s body has been returned to his family and laid to rest. (dpk) Topics :center_img The remains of a 7-year-old boy were found inside a 5-meter-long crocodile on Thursday evening after he was reported missing by his family in Buru Island, Maluku.last_img read more

Campaigners cautious on Saudi floggings, death penalty reforms

first_imgTopics : It announced over the weekend it was ending the death penalty for those convicted of crimes committed while they were minors as well as effectively eliminating floggings.”While the announced changes represent a major step forward, there remain questions about the extent of their implementation,” Adam Coogle, Middle East researcher at Human Rights Watch, told AFP.”Saudi Arabia’s announced abolishment of the death penalty for child offenders and flogging punishment are not total, but appear to leave in a loophole for them to continue as punishments for certain types of crimes.”Saudi Human Rights Commission president Awwad Alawwad said that instead of court-ordered floggings, convicts will receive fines or prison terms. But flogging could still be applied as a “hudud” punishment, which under Islamic sharia law is reserved for serious offences including adultery.Saudi officials say hudud penalties are rarely meted out as many offences must be proved by a confession or be verified by several adult male Muslim witnesses.Still, observers say the government is unlikely to abolish the penalties entirely as the move would rankle arch-conservatives.Many hardliners are already irked by the Muslim kingdom’s sweeping liberalization drive that has allowed activities once deemed un-Islamic — cinemas, concerts and mixed-gender parties.  ‘Modern penal code’ Citing a royal decree, the HRC said those convicted of crimes while they were under 18 will now receive a prison sentence of no longer than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility.But campaign group Reprieve said “significant loopholes” in the reform still let prosecutors “continue to seek death sentences against children”.It also remains unclear whether the new decree will be applied retroactively, the group added.At least six men from the minority Shiite community are on death row on terrorism-related charges after taking part in anti-government protests as minors, during the Arab Spring uprisings.United Nations human rights experts made an urgent appeal to Saudi Arabia last year to halt plans to execute them.Saudi authorities have not said whether their sentences will be commuted.”These will be nothing more than empty words as long as child defendants remain on death row,” said Reprieve director Maya Foa.”The kingdom continues to execute people convicted of attending demonstrations while they were still in school.”But Alawwad insisted the decree is aimed at establishing a “more modern penal code” and said “more reforms” were coming.The kingdom is seeking to blunt international criticism over its rights record and its opaque judicial system, especially since the October 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and a sweeping crackdown on critics.Activists are skeptical that the reforms will see political prisoners released, pause a government crackdown on dissent or end executions.It executed at least 187 people in 2019, according to a tally based on official data, the highest since 1995 when 195 people were put to death.While the reforms represent “a significant step for Saudi Arabia if implemented, the country’s continued use of the death penalty reached a shocking high last year,” said Heba Morayef, from Amnesty International.”It should also not be forgotten that dozens of peaceful activists remain detained following convictions in grossly unfair trials solely for campaigning for equality and justice in a vastly repressive environment.” Human rights campaigners on Monday cautiously welcomed Saudi moves to abolish court-ordered floggings and end the death penalty for crimes committed by minors, but pointed out “loopholes” in the reforms.The changes underscore a push by de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to modernize the ultra-conservative kingdom, long associated with a fundamentalist strain of Islam. Long faced with scrutiny over its rights record, the kingdom has one of the world’s highest rate of executions.last_img read more