Asia Briefs: Bomb-makers jailed for plot to blow up temple

Bomb-makers jailed for plot to blow up temple

JAKARTA • An Indonesian bomb-maker inspired by an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria extremist was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison for plotting to blow up a Buddhist temple on Java island.

The bomb-maker, Ibad, was radicalised and funded by Bahrum Naim, an extremist linked to the January suicide attacks in Jakarta. Three others involved in the plot were also found guilty of terrorist offences and sentenced to four years and eight months.

The group assembled a bomb, but were arrested by police just days before launching their attack.


Counter-terror chief to head Indonesian police

JAKARTA • Indonesia's counter-terrorism chief Tito Karnavian has emerged as President Joko Widodo's choice to replace retiring police chief Badrodin Haiti. General Badrodin retires in August and speculation on his successor had dominated the headlines in Jakarta in recent weeks.

Coffee poisoning case: No evidence, say lawyers

JAKARTA • Lawyers for an Indonesian woman charged with murdering her college friend by poisoning her coffee said yesterday there was no evidence that she committed such a crime. At the opening court hearing, prosecutors accused Jessica Kumala Wongso, a resident of Australia, of the premeditated murder of Ms Wayan Mirna Salihin at a Jakarta cafe in early January.


India to hold emergency polio vaccination drive

NEW DELHI • Two years after it was declared polio-free, India said yesterday it was launching an emergency vaccination drive after finding a strain not covered by existing inoculations. No case has been detected yet, but health officials said they would vaccinate thousands of children in the state of Telangana.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe