Indonesia investigates online insults of Brunei’s sultan

In this May 7, 2011, file photo, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah walk prior to a dinner at the 18th ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP)
Updated 23 January 2018
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Indonesia investigates online insults of Brunei’s sultan

JAKARTA, Indonesia: The Sultan of Brunei has made a complaint of defamation to the Indonesian police about an Instagram account that criticized the wealthy autocratic leader of Southeast Asia’s smallest nation.
Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono said Monday the complaint was made on behalf of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah by the deputy director of the Royal Brunei Police Force.
Yuwono said the police officer, who is part of Brunei’s royal family, was on a visit to Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, when he found photos of Bolkiah posted along with insulting comments on Instagram by the account “anti_hassanal.”
The account had deleted all of its posts as of Monday.
Yuwono said “There are some photos and comments about the Sultan of Brunei considered to have harmed and defamed him.”
He said police are investigating.


Polish parliament honors slain Gdansk mayor with prayer

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Polish parliament honors slain Gdansk mayor with prayer

  • The attacker stabbed the mayor three times, in the heart and the abdomen
  • The stabbing happened while the mayor was onstage during a fundraising event

WARSAW: Polish lawmakers have paid respects to the popular mayor of Gdansk, who died after being stabbed by an ex-convict with a grudge.
Parliament members stood Wednesday for a minute of silence and prayed for Pawel Adamowicz, who died on Monday after being stabbed while onstage at a fundraising event the evening before.
Grzegorz Schetyna, the head of the opposition Civic Platform party, remembered Adamowicz as a courageous man who had devoted his life to his city, and blamed “insane hatred” for his killing.
The assailant stabbed Adamowicz three times in the heart and abdomen and told the crowd it was revenge against Civic Platform, which was in power when he was imprisoned for bank robberies. Adamowicz was a longtime member of the party but left it in 2015.