#AceWorldNews – KUPANG – April 18 – (DWN) – Police say a boat loaded with people in a Good Friday procession has capsized in eastern Indonesia, and at least seven people have died.
Rescuers and fishermen saved 30 injured people and were looking for more survivors.
Local police spokesman Lt. Col. Okto Riwu says the fishing boat was designed to hold only 30 people but had more than 70 on-board.
It sank shortly after a 2-meter wave crashed into it off Flores island.
The boat was participating in a parade at sea while taking the passengers to Larantuka town in East Nusatenggara province for Good Friday prayers and processions through the town.
Boats and ferries are popular transportation in the vast Indonesian archipelago, and accidents due to overcrowding and poor safety standards are common.
#AceWorldNews says that a Malaysian couple have been sentenced to hang for murdering their Indonesian maid by starving her to death, according to reports Friday that said she weighed just 26 kilos (57 pounds) when she died – AFP
In the latest case of abuse against the legion of Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia, the High Court ruled on Thursday that 26-year-old Isti Komariyah died of deliberate starvation in June 2011.
Judge Noor Azian Shaari said Fong Kong Meng, 58 and his wife Teoh Ching Yen, 56, consistently withheld food from the young woman during the three years she worked for them.
“She was 26 and weighed barely 26kg when she was taken to the University Malaya Medical Centre with bruises and scratch marks on her back, arms and forehead,” The Star newspaper reported.
#AceWorldNews says that Indonesia’s Islamic clerics have issued a religious fatwa against the illegal hunting and trade in endangered animals in the country.
The fatwa by the Indonesian Ulema Council declares such activities “unethical, immoral and sinful,” council official Asrorun Ni’am Sholeh told AFP.
All activities resulting in wildlife extinction “without justifiable religious grounds or legal provisions” are forbidden, said Sholeh, secretary of the council’s commission on fatwas.
The government does not typically react to fatwas by implementing specific policy changes.
#AceWorldNews says the US Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Russia on Monday for “enabling” Syria’s President Bashar Assad to stay in power. Geneva peace talks broke off without result at the weekend.
The Syrian regime “stonewalled” at the talks and continue to “destroy their own country,” Kerry said during a visit to the Indonesian capital Jakarta.
“They’re doing so with increased support from Iran, from Hezbollah and from Russia,” AFP quoted him as saying. “Russia needs to be a part of the solution and not be distributing so much more weapons and so much more aid,” he said.