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Above the Constitution is God

The plan of Constitutional Court Chief Justice Arief Hidayat, 61, to take some days off in his hometown of Semarang three weeks ago, was not to be. When he landed at Ahmad Yani Airport that Thursday morning, he was all set to go teach at the 17 Agustus 1945 University…

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Charles Patrick Edward Burrows: Cilacap's 'Kyai' Priest

FATHER Carolus made the news last year, when a number of foreigners convicted of drug crimes were executed on Nusa Kambangan Island. Charles Patrick Edward Burrows—a priest known among locals as Romo (Father) Carolus—had accompanied the inmates, among others Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte and Nigerian Okwudili Oyatanze, and watched them until…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Shocking Verdict

Things happened quickly, beyond the expectations of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) and his legal team. Right after the panel of judges at the North Jakarta Administrative Court found Basuki guilty, on Tuesday last week, the prosecutor asked to meet with Basuki outside the courtroom. 'Come one, let's chat out back," said one prosecutor.