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wait out a delay in Indonesia’s
plans to execute them, their
predicament has inspired two very
different social media campaigns.
The Australians were to be
moved from Bali’s Kerobokan jail
last week but a team reporting
to the attorney-general found
the execution location, the
Central Java prison island
Nusakambangan, was under-
It leaves Chan, 31, and
Sukumaran, 33, more time to
spend with family visiting from
Sydney, and more time for their
lawyers to prepare a legal challenge
set for this week.
On Saturday, members of a Bali-
based group called Mothers for
Mercy arrived at Kerobokan jail
with armfuls of flowers and cards
for Chan, Sukumaran and the
Anne-Maree Pearce said the
tributes, sent from mothers all
over the world who connected
through Facebook, were to thank
the wardens for supporting the
Australians over the past decade.
Kerobokan jail governor
Sudjonggo was congratulated on
the rehabilitation programmes he
had helped develop with Chan and
Meanwhile on Twitter, a more
cynical campaign is getting
“ KoinuntukAustralia” (coins for
Australia) is a reaction to Prime
Minister Tony Abbott ’s suggestion
that Indonesia should reciprocate
for the $A1 billion in aid Australia
sent after the 2004 tsunami.
Indonesians have tweeted photos
of themselves collecting coins, with
the idea to pay Australia back in
“Aceh people happily try
to return your money @
TonyAbbottMHR” tweeted @
Besides the Bali Nine duo, seven
other death row drug offenders are
in line for the firing squad.
Attorney-General H M Prasetyo
says the government is resolved
to execute Chan, Sukumaran
and other drug offenders denied
But there has been speculation
the executions could be delayed for
up to a month, after a spokesman
for Indonesian Vice-President
Jusuf Kalla was quoted in local
Kalla took a phone call on
Thursday from Foreign Minister
Julie Bishop, who reportedly
thanked his government for
delaying the transfer and smoothed
over Abbott ’s tsunami comments,
which were read by the foreign
ministry as “threats”.
According to his spokesman,
Husain Abdullah, Kalla told
Bishop the executions had been
delayed “three weeks to one
month” because of technical issues,
some local media reported.
However, Bishop and Prasetyo
deny the length of the delay was
Prasetyo has given no date for the
transfer or the executions but told
Indonesia’s Tempo magazine he
was sure the executions “will not
be in February, because of flooding
in many places”.
He was concerned that
Nusakambangan, although an
island, was not as secure as he
Indonesia’s military met on
Friday to plan for possible
“ We do not refer to a certain
country, but TNI understands well
that threats are not impossible,”
General Moeldoko said, quoted by
the wire ser vice Antara. — AAP
Time is running out for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
over Bali Nine pair
The Australian federal
government will appoint
a new counter-terrorism
boss, and develop a new
and warning system to
counteract the treat of lone
Prime Minister Tony
Abbott will put for ward his
case for tougher national
security measures in an
address to parliament later
today and warn of “low-
tech terrorism” and “home
grown lone actors”.
In a speech responding to the
recommendations of a counter-terrorism
review commissioned last year, Abbott
will say “on all the metrics the threat to
Australia is worsening”.
“The number of foreign fighters
is increasing, the number of known
sympathisers and supporters of extremists
is increasing, and the number of potential
terrorists, including many who live in our
midst, is rising as well,” he will say.
A national counter-terrorism co-
ordinator will be appointed to improve
co-ordination of the various government
agencies, Abbott is to announce.
A new national counter-terrorism
strategy will be developed in co-
operation with the States and Territories,
while the terror alert system will also be
made simpler and clearer.
The prime minister will say at least
90 Australians are fighting with and
supporting terrorist groups in Iraq and
Syria, while 30 foreign fighters have
returned to Australia.
At least 140 people in Australia are
actively supporting extremist groups,
while thousands of young and vulnerable
people are susceptible to radicalisation,
he is to warn.
The Australian Security Intelligence
Organisation (ASIO) is currently
investigating several thousand leads,
with 400 of those considered high
priority cases, the speech
“ Extremists’ slick on-line
messages are grooming
the socially isolated,” Mr
Abbott is to say in the
needing little more than a
camera-phone, social media
account and a knife, means
that it is becoming harder
to for police and security
agencies to anticipate and
Abbott ’s national security
statement comes after yesterday ’s release
of a joint federal-New South Wales
report into the Sydney cafe siege.
government authorities for failing to
detect the threat posed by siege gunman
Man Haron Monis, but recommended
changes to the immigration system.
In response, the prime minister pledged
to tighten up the system to make sure
extremists don’t “slip through our visa
and citizenship net ”.
Australia needed a higher level of
scrutiny and heavier sanctions for people
who “game the system” when it comes to
visa and citizenship applications, Abbott
said last night.
Australia must also ask itself if it
should change the “tipping point ” from
protection of the individual to safety of
“The question of precisely where we
draw the line in the era of terrorism will
have to be reconsidered and the line may
have to be redrawn,” Abbott said.
The federal opposition has said it
will work with the government on the
proposed national security measures.
However, Labor leader Bill Shorten
warned against going too far. “I don’t
believe our nation can be safe only if we
get rid of the liberties of people, nor do
I believe the liberties of people in every
sense should trump national security,”
Shorten said last night. — A AP
Pope Francis urged members of
Italian organised crime groups to
repent, saying the Catholic Church
would welcome them if they promised
to stop ser ving the cause of evil.
He spoke yesterday during an
audience at the Vatican for pilgrims
and anti-crime activists from the
southern region of Calabria, home
to the ‘Ndrangheta, mainland Italy’s
equivalent of the Sicilian Mafia.
“Open your hearts to the Lord.
The Lord is waiting for you and the
Church will welcome you if your
willingness to ser ve good is as clear
and public as your choice to ser ve evil
was,” he said.
When he visited Calabria last June,
he accused organised crime groups of
practising “the adoration of evil” and
said members had excommunicated
themselves from the Church by their
The ‘Ndrangheta, which makes most
of its money from drug trafficking,
has spread from Calabria to northern
Europe and North America. A 2013
study by Demoskopia, an economic
and social research institute, estimated
the ‘Ndrangheta’s annual turnover at
some 53 billion euros in 30 countries,
equivalent to about 3.5% of Italy’s total
official economic output.
It has been much harder for
investigators to combat than the
Sicilian Mafia because its structure
is more lateral than hierarchical and
its tightly-knit families are harder to
penetrate. — Reuters
Pope to mafioso: Repent and Church will welcome you back
Pope Francis reads a speech against the mafia as he leads a special audience with faithful from Cassano allo Jonio diocese at the Vatican.
South African miners safe
Israel is to purchase 14 F-35 stealth
fighters from United States aerospace
giant Lockheed Martin at a cost of
about $US110 million ($146.145
million) each, the defence ministry said
“The defence ministry will purchase an
additional 14 F-35s for about $3 billion,
each plane costing an average of $110m,”
a ministry statement said.
The $2.82b deal, which includes other
technological and training elements,
was signed at the weekend after being
approved by a ministerial committee in
It includes the purchase of 14 stealth
fighters as well as the option to buy
another 17. It is the continuation of an
agreement signed in 2010 to purchase
19 F-35 planes.
The deal will see Israeli weapons and
aviation systems integrated into the
aircraft in a move which will inject tens
of millions of shekels into the local
economy, the ministry said.
The first batch of aircraft are expected
to arrive in Israel by the end of 2016.
When the initial agreement was
announced in 2010, the defence ministry
said a key part of the deal was an
agreement to allow Israeli industries to
get involved in the assembly of the plane
and manufacture of spare parts. — AFP
A United States court has sided
with Bob Marley ’s family which
sued a company that sold shirts
depicting the reggae legend, in a
case with potential ramifications
for merchandise of other dead stars.
The estate of the Jamaican reggae
musician had filed a suit after
low-cost t-shirts — featuring a
photo of a speaking Marley next
to the yellow, green and red colours
associated with his Rastafarian faith
— we nt on sale at Walmart, Target
and other major US retailers.
A jury in Nevada in 2011 awarded
over $US2 million ($2.657 million)
in damages to firms owned by
Marley’s children which said they
had lost an order to sell t-shirts at
Walmart as the unauthorised rival
was distributing a similar product.
The defendants lodged an appeal
that was rejected on Friday by a
federal court, which agreed that the
non-family companies violated the
1946 Lanham Act, the key US law
on copyright infringement.
The court, which heard a sur vey of
509 customers at a shopping mall,
agreed the t-shirts could create an
impression Marley had endorsed
“This case presents a question that
is familiar in our circuit: when does
the use of a celebrity’s likeness or
persona in connection with a product
constitute false endorsement that is
actionable under the Lanham Act?”
wrote Judge N Randy Smith of the
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth
Circuit, which is based in San
Francisco with jurisdiction across
the west coast.
“ We conclude that the evidence
presented at trial was sufficient for
a jury to find defendants violated
the Lanham Act by using Marley’s
likeness,” Smith wrote.
The accused company, AVELA,
had said that recognising such an
argument for a dead person would
essentially create a federal right of
publicity — how a person can be
used for commercial purposes.
Individual States have established
a right to publicity but, despite
longstanding debate, there is no law
at a federal level.
Marley, who would have turned
70 this month, died in 1981 but his
music and advocacy of social justice
still carry wide appeal. — AFP
US court rules on Bob Marley t-shirts
Francisco Villa has
been killed in a traffic
accident in Thailand while
attempting to ride around
Villa was killed and
his wife and son were
injured on Saturday on a
road in central Thailand,
the Phuket Wan news
The cyclist was pulling
his wife and two-year-
old son, Lucas, in a
cycling buggy on the
main highway in Najon
The 48-year-old Villa
and his family stopped
for a rest at a police
station on Saturday and
said they were heading
for Australia, police
spokesmen told the
The cyclist was hit by
a 64-year-old Thai man
driving a utility.
The driver, who was
unhurt, said he did not
see Villa, who had two
large signs on the buggy
explaining his plan to ride
250,000km across five
continents and requesting
sponsors for his bid to set
a Guinness record.
Villa’s body was taken
to Bua Yai Hospital for a
and his funeral will be
held in Thailand, in
accordance with his wife’s
wishes, police said.
The cyclist began his
journey in 2010 and
planned to finish the trip
in November, completing
a ride that would put him
in the Guinness World
Records. — EF E
Israel to buy extra F-35 fighters
Rescuers recovered bodies of four men
believed to be illegal miners 18 hours
after a landslide at an opencast lignite
coal mine at Dubrave in north-east
Bosnia, police and officials said overnight.
“All four bodies were recovered and
taken to the Tuzla hospital for autopsy,”
Tuzla police spokesman Izudin Saric
said. He added that police and mining
experts will continue an investigation
into the causes of the accident today.
Mining inspector Nuraga Duranovic
told State television the people were
buried while illegally collecting coal from
the surface pit, which was extensive and
unsecured. In Bosnia many poor people
collect coal illegally to make ends meet.
No one from the mine management
was available to comment. Duranovic
said the mine may close in coming days
because of poor conditions. — Reuters
Four die in lignite mine landslide
All 486 miners trapped underground
after a fire broke out at a South African
goldmine have been found safe, the
mine’s spokeswoman said today.
The 18 miners who were still missing
shortly before 9pm have been located,
Harmony Gold Mining Company
spokeswoman Charmane Russell said. A
rescue mission was under way to bring
the remaining miners to the surface.
The miners were trapped when a fire
started 2300m below the surface, the
mining company said.
About 389 miners had already been
brought safely to the surface and
Harmony Gold said the fire had been
contained. — AP
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