Indonesia probes anti-terror police ‘torture’

Detachment 88, set up after the 2002 Bali bombings, has been on the frontline of a crackdown on terrorism that has weakened key militant networks. Photo: AFP

Indonesian police said on Tuesday they would question dozens of anti-terror officers over the alleged torture of militants after a video posted on YouTube showed a suspect being shot and others abused.

Tuesday, 5 March, 2013, 2:57pm

Indonesia's Mount Lokon spews ash clouds in new eruption

Mount Lokon volcano spews a giant column of volcanic ash in Sulawesi Island on Sunday. Photo: AFP

One of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes has erupted again, spewing clouds of ash, an official said on Monday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Death-rite tribe head-hunts tourists

TOURISM and modernisation have long been seen as anathema to traditional cultures, but the Torajan tribe of Central Sulawesi has found a unique way to keep their customs alive while winning admiration and influence in this world and the next.

19 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Banks fire up power project

BZW Asia and Union Bank of Switzerland have been appointed lead arrangers for a US$178.9 million project financing for an integrated power and gas field project in Indonesia.

The project, at Sengkang in South Sulawesi, is the first natural gas-fired, combined-cycle, independent power producer project in the country.

13 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Toraja offers unspoiled beauty

A CHARMING countryside and a rich culture which has hardly changed for centuries is waiting to be explored in Toraja, described as one of the most beautiful tropical regions of Indonesia.

Tourism officials in Hong Kong have launched a campaign to promote Toraja as an alternative to other better known destinations.

17 Aug 1994 - 12:00am


IT COULD be said the people of Torajaland live for death. High in the rugged central mountains of the spastic swastika-shaped island of Sulawesi (formerly The Celebes), one of the few truly primitive funeral rituals to survive the 20th century has become a compelling, if slightly macabre, drawcard for travellers of a certain tenacity.

31 Oct 1993 - 12:00am