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Newsline: Norway’s former ambassador to Indonesia could face charges

Norway’s former ambassador to Indonesia was stripped of his title late last year and recalled to Oslo, after he was found to have been involved in supplying foreign aid funds to one of three mistresses he had in Jakarta. He still works as a diplomat for the foreign ministry in a high position, newspaper VG reported this week, but could face criminal charges if the ministry had reported his activity to police. VG reported that Traavik entered into a “secret relationship” in the fall of 2013 with an Indonesian woman who already had received around NOK 1.5 million (USD 179,000) in Norwegian funding for various cultural projects through the embassy in Jakarta. She had applied in April 2013 for more Norwegian funding and her organization received NOK 550,000, through documents VG recovered from the ministry’s archive that were signed by Traavik in May 2013. The former Norwegian ambassador’s activity in Jakarta raises new questions about how Norway manages its billions of kroner set aside for foreign aid aimed at fighting poverty and spurring economic development.

http://www.newsinenglish.no/2017/06/20/scolded-ambassador-could-face-charges/

Newsline: Embassy Urges Indonesians to be Vigilant in Qatar

Indonesian Ambassador to Qatar Muhamad Basri Sidehabi has urged Indonesian diaspora in Qatar to keep calm, vigilant and continue to follow the latest development of security situation in the country. There is no need to overreact considering security condition in Qatar is still under control, an official of Indonesian Embassy in Doha Boy Dharmawan said. Sidehabi explained his decree over the severence of diplomatic relations of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yaman with Qatar, during a meeting with Indonesians in Al Khor Community, Alkhor city, around 60 km from the capital city, Doha. The visit to Al Khor was an effort from Indonesian Embassy to show Indonesians in Qatar that political and security situations in the country are running normally. “The ambassador will be the last person to leave Qatar. The political situation has been the same since 2014 so people don’t have to worry,” Sidehabi said.

https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/06/07/055882185/Embassy-Urges-Indonesians-to-be-Vigilant-in-Qatar

Newsline: Ambassador warns Malaysians in Indonesia to avoid public areas

Malaysians residing in Indonesia are advised to remain alert and stay away from public places or heavily guarded areas, following a bomb explosion at a bus terminal in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta Wednesday night. Malaysia’s Ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, when contacted by Bernama, said the warning was addressed to Malaysians who were not only in Jakarta but also at other locations in the country. “We have also requested the cooperation of the Indonesian police to ensure no Malaysians were affected in the incident and so far no such report has been received, ” he said when referring to the incident which reportedly killed five people, including three policemen. Also killed in the 9pm bomb explosion were two suicide bombers. Malaysian consulates in the neighbouring countries have been told to advise Malaysians to avoid public places or police guarded areas, said the Jakarta-based ambassador.

http://www.theborneopost.com/2017/05/25/msians-in-indonesia-advised-to-avoid-public-areas-ambassador/

Newsline: Singaporean Consulate in Denpasar Helps Tourist Bitten by Komodo Dragon

Singaporean consulate in Denpasar, Bali was contacted to assist tourist from their country. The health condition of Loh Lee Aik, a tourist from Singapore attacked and bitten by a komodo dragon on Wednesday, starts to get better. He suffered a tear on his leg after trying to take a picture of the dragon. Until now, Loh, who is a photographer by profession, is still undergoing treatment in Siloam hospital, Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). “His condition is getting better and is going back to normal,” Siloan Labuan Bajo hospital Marketing Communication Raynaldo Kamil Harun said on Saturday, May 6.

https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/05/06/055872845/Singaporean-Tourist-Bitten-by-Komodo-Dragon-Shows-Recovery-Signs

Newsline: UK ambassador summoned in Indonesia over cruise ship crashing into coral reef

Indonesia has summoned the British ambassador in Jakarta after a cruise ship crashed into coral reefs off the coast of Indonesia earlier this month. The Caledonian Sky, a 4,200-tonne cruise ship, was on a voyage organised by a London company when it smashed into the reefs at low tide around Kri, one of hundreds of tiny islands in Raja Ampat, West Papua province. The region attracts many travellers and divers – those on the ship were on a bird-watching expedition – as it is one of the most biodiverse marine habitats on the planet. Luhut Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s coordinating minister for maritime affairs, summoned British ambassador Moazzam Malik to Jakarta on Friday. “I’m disappointed to learn about the damage to this coral reef in West Papua – as we are with any environmental incident that occurs in Indonesia or anywhere else in the world,” Malik told reporters following a meeting at Pandjaitan’s office. “We hope the matter can be resolved quickly between the Indonesian authorities and the company that is responsible for this accident.” Further damage to the coral reef was caused when numerous attempts to free the ship using a tug boat failed. The ship, carrying 79 crew members and 102 passengers, was later refloated during high tide. “He [the captain] attempted to break free from the reefs and made the damage even worse even though he was ordered to stop,” Pandjaitan said. The Indonesian government has said that the British captain piloting the ship could face criminal charges, while marine researchers have estimated that it could take decades and millions of dollars to restore the coral.

http://sea-globe.com/uk-ambassador-summoned-indonesia-cruise-ship-crashing-coral-reef/

Newsline: Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur says official detained for graft no longer on payroll

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Kuala Lumpur today explained that it was a former embassy official that the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) had detained. Its spokesman said this in response to media reports that one of its former officials was arrested here yesterday. He said the ex-official was detained in Jakarta, Indonesia. “The official is no longer with the embassy after completing his stint in December 2016 and has returned to Jakarta. His post at the embassy here has already been filled,” he told Bernama when contacted today. Indonesian media quoted KPK’s Public Relations chief Febri Diansyah as saying that the individual was detained in Kuala Lumpur yesterday and would be repartriated to Jakarta as soon as possible, to be charged. Febri said the individual was believed to have solicited bribes from agents and a number of companies in the issuance of passports and visas for Indonesians in Malaysia.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/official-detained-for-graft-no-longer-staff-says-indonesian-embassy

Newsline: Indonesian diplomat succumbs to wounds from Rome embassy

Indonesian diplomat Tazwin Hanif has succumbed to injuries sustained in a fire at the Indonesian Embassy in Rome earlier this month. Deputy Ambassador Des Alwi said Tazwin’s condition had worsened significantly in the three days following the incident. Hospital doctors had done some emergency operations but were unable to prevent the patient’s death at 4:25 p.m. local time on Dec. 25. Initially, Tazwin’s injuries from the Dec. 2 incident had described has mild. Tazwin leaves one wife and three children. He was a senior diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a specialist on the issue of climate change. He was also a member of the evaluation committee at the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). “The Indonesian Embassy in Rome is coordinating with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the legal process related to autopsy obligations. Once the administrative necessities are cleared, we will bring the body back to Indonesia as soon as possible,” Des said to thejakartapost.com on Dec. 26.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/12/27/indonesian-diplomat-succumbs-wounds-rome-embassy-fire.html