Indonesian Military imprisons, dismisses soldier for having same-sex intercourse

first_imgRead also: Of coming out and acceptance: LGBT youth seek peace in conservative IndonesiaThe head of the information division of the TNI Information Center Col. Sus Aidil defended the verdict, saying that it complied with the telegram issued by the TNI commander in 2009. It was later reiterated by a recent telegram issued by the Army chief in September last year stressing that LGBT-related actions were among heavy violations against the military principles and the 2004 TNI Law. Article 62 in the law stipulates that the force will discharge personnel without honor for committing indecent acts that can harm the discipline of TNI soldiers.“TNI imposes firm sanctions against military personnel proven to have violated decency, including LGBT,” Aidil told on Thursday.The head of the Military Chamber at the Supreme Court, retired Maj. Gen Burhan Dahlan, also said the court could dismiss a TNI member who was proven to have committed “sexual perversion” using the aforementioned article.Burhan added that leaders of the Indonesian Army were infuriated after recently discovering that around 20 officers involved in cases of homosexuality were acquitted by judges of the military court.The concerns, he said, were related to the personnel’s ability to uphold the country’s defense.”If in carrying out their tasks the soldiers have deviant habits, how can they carry out their duties properly?,” he said.Read also: Puspen TNI under fire for homophobic comic stripLini Zurlia, an advocacy officer of the cross-border organization for LGBT rights ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, criticized the punishment against P, arguing that it was an individual’s private matter.She raised concerns that the punishment would have a further impact on members of the Indonesian LGBT community that had already faced systematic discrimination in society. The Semarang Military Court has sentenced a chief private, identified only as P, to one year’s imprisonment, in addition to dismissing him from the Indonesian Military (TNI) for having same-sex intercourse with another member of the military.“[The court] declares the defendant guilty of willful disobedience [and sentences him] to a primary punishment of one year’s imprisonment,” presiding judge Lt. Col. Eddy Susanto said in the verdict as reported by on Thursday.“[He is also given] the additional punishment of dismissal from military duty.” Topics :center_img The court found P guilty of violating Article 103 of the Military Criminal Code on disobedience to service orders, after being found having sex with a subordinate.In the verdict, the panel of judges referred to a telegram issued by the TNI chief in October 2019, which prohibited all military personnel from being involved in LGBT relationships.According to the verdict, uploaded to the Supreme Court’s website on Wednesday, the panel said that homosexual intercourse was against the “established law and existing religious norms”, adding that the defendant should set an example to the public as a military officer.There was no information on when the verdict hearing was held.last_img read more

Wood bags five-year contract with Saudi Aramco

first_imgOilfield services company Wood has secured a new multi-million dollar, five-year contract to support Saudi Aramco in the delivery of one of its mega-projects in the Saudi Arabia. Engineering and project management services to develop the Marjan oil field in the state’s eastern province will be provided under the contract, which is effective immediately, Wood said on Monday.The front end engineering design (FEED), major increment and overall project management consultancy will be executed from Wood’s Reading UK, Khobar, Saudi Arabia and India offices.The contract is part of Saudi Aramco’s multi-billion dollar Marjan Crude Increment Program; one of the company’s oil and gas mega-projects designed to enhance its energy sustainability, diversify the economy, expand gas production, and localize domestic content.Wood has worked with Saudi Aramco for more than 30 years. In November 2017, the two companies entered a memorandum of understanding demonstrating Wood’s continued commitment to creating and accelerating opportunities for local workforces in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Robin Watson, Wood’s chief executive comments: “We look forward to working in close partnership with Saudi Aramco to bring our broad and enduring expertise in engineering and project management to this project, which is significant for both our client and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Our focus will be applying our ingenuity, range of capabilities and in-country knowledge to ensure its safe and successful delivery.”Wood is also currently providing pre-FEED and FEED for Saudi Aramco’s Unconventional Gas Program and detailed engineering and procurement for its Sulphate Removal Facilities projects.last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2019: Sunrisers Hyderabad inflict 118-run humiliation on Royal Challengers Bangalore

first_imgWarner matched Bairstow stroke for stroke as both batsmen notched up their milestones. Bairstow reached his maiden ton and the partnership between the duo helped Sunrisers Hyderabad go past 200. In the final over of the innings, Warner reached his landmark with a boundary. In the process, both Warner and Bairstow reached a special mark.Both scoring tonsWarner and Bairstow became the fourth duo after Kevin O’Brien and Hamish Marshall, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, Alex Hales and Rilee Rossouw to hit centuries in the same innings. O’Brien and Marshall achieved the feat against Middlesex in Uxbridge in 2011 while Kohli and de Villiers smashed centuries in the IPL clash in 2016 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions. Roussouw and Hales smashed centuries for Rangpur Riders against Chittagong Kings in the recent Bangladesh Premier League.The partnership of 185 between Warner and Bairstow was not only the highest for Sunrisers Hyderabad, but it was also the highest opening stand in the history of the Indian Premier League. The stand broke the previous record of 184 set by Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir against Gujarat Lions in 2017 in Rajkot. The efforts helped Sunrisers Hyderabad reach 231/2, their highest score in the history of the IPL and the second-highest against Royal Challengers Bangalore, falling behind the mark of 232 set by Kings XI Punjab in Dharamsala in 2011. Overall, this was the 10th highest score by a team in the IPL.Nabi blows away RCBChasing 232, Royal Challengers Bangalore needed a solid start but Mohammad Nabi had other ideas. Parthiv Patel (11), Shimron Hetmyer (9) and AB de Villiers (1) fell in a manic passage of three overs. When Virat Kohli (3) drove Sandeep Sharma to extra cover and Shivam Dube fell cheaply to Nabi again, the game was up. Nabi’s spell of 4/11 had broken the back of the Royal Challengers Bangalore attack and they only delayed the inevitable.Prayas Ray Barman and Colin de Grandhomme shared a solid fifty-plus stand but with the game drifting away, Sunrisers Hyderabad bid their time and took the remaining wickets in clinical fashion as Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their third straight game and stayed at the bottom. After the match, Kohli described this “as the worst loss ever.” With this loss, it looks like it will be the same old story for Royal Challengers Bangalore in yet another IPL edition. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. This was the third straight loss for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2019.Jonny Bairstow scored his maiden ton.David Warner scored his fourth ton and Sunrisers Hyderabad registered their fourth game. New Delhi: Virat Kohli won the toss and inserted Sunrisers Hyderabad into bat at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium. That was the only thing Kohli won in a contest that was dominated by Sunrisers Hyderabad. Jonny Bairstow (114) struck his maiden ton, David Warner notched up his fourth ton and their 185-run record opening partnership laid the base for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s highest score in IPL of 231/2. With Warner and Bairstow having decimated Royal Challengers Bangalore with the bat, Mohammad Nabi ran through the batting order with 4/11 as Royal Challengers Bangalore were bowled out for 113, losing the match by 118 runs and losing by one run alone to Bairstow’s bat in the IPL 2019 encounter on Sunday.On a barren pitch at Uppal, The opening over of the Sunrisers Hyderabad innings set the tone for the match with both Warner and Bairstow hammering 12 runs in the first over bowled by Moeen Ali. Both batsmen found the boundaries at regular intervals and in the powerplay, Sunrisers Hyderabad had reached 59/0. After the end of the first powerplay, both batsmen maintained the aggressive tempo and Royal Challengers Bangalore wilted under the pressure. Bairstow started the carnage by hammering a six and two fours off 16-year-old debutant Prayas Ray Barman and in the next over bowled by Colin de Grandhomme, the England player blasted two more sixes.last_img read more