Briefs, September 30, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 September, 2012, 3:04am

New Jakarta governor's election confirmed

JAKARTA - Joko Widodo, the mayor of a Central Java city with fewer than a million people, was officially confirmed as governor-elect of Indonesia's 9.6 million-strong capital by the Jakarta Election Commission yesterday. Widodo got 2.47 million votes, or 53.82 per cent while Governor Fauzi Bowo received 2.12m. Widodo will be inaugurated on October 7. Bloomberg


Two women sentenced to death in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian courts have sentenced two women, a Filipino and Indonesian, to death in separate cases of drug trafficking. Ani Anggraeni, an Indonesian working in the northern state of Penang as a domestic helper, was convicted on Friday of trafficking nearly four kilos of methamphetamine on June 21 last year. The high court in Shah Alam also handed the death sentence to Marivelle Gonzales for trafficking a kilo of drugs, mostly heroin, into the country two years ago. AFP


Radical Muslims rally in Karachi against film

KARACHI - Thousands of members of radical Islamic groups have rallied in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi against an anti-Islam film that has sparked violence across the Muslim world. Chanting "Down with America," the participants gathered in the heart of the city's business district. Senior police officer Asif Ijaz Sheikh estimated the crowd numbered more than 15,000. AP


Plane crash kills pilots at Indonesian air show

BANDUNG, Indonesia - A small plane has crashed during an air show in Indonesia, killing two pilots. The accident was on the second day of an air show celebrating the 202nd anniversary of Bandung, the capital of West Java province, about 120 kilometres southeast of Jakarta. Jeffry Adrian, a pilot at the scene, says the Swiss-made AS 202 Bravo was apparently too low during its aerobatic manoeuvring, spinning out of control and then crashing into an empty building. AP


EU condemns latest executions in Japan

BRUSSELS - The European Union condemned two executions in Japan and called on Tokyo to consider a moratorium on the death penalty before abolishing it completely. "I deplore the execution in Japan of two death-row inmates … only a few weeks after the execution of two other death-row inmates," EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said. Japan has carried out seven executions so far this year, "a worrying trend" after a gap of nearly two years, she said. AFP