Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Indonesian Items

It's what I found when I opened up my Globe today:

"Indonesian prosecutors seek up to 18-year term for US couple" Associated Press  April 01, 2015

BALI, Indonesia — Indonesian prosecutors on Tuesday sought jail sentences of up to 18 years for a US couple if they are found guilty of murdering the woman’s mother while vacationing on the resort island of Bali last year

The prosecutors told the court that Tommy Schaefer and Heather Mack, who appeared in court with their 2-week-old daughter, were guilty of premeditated murder. The panel of judges could ignore the sentencing request and decide to impose the maximum, death by a firing squad, if it convicts them.

‘‘The defendant has committed sadistic acts to her own mother,’’ chief prosecutor Eddy Arta Wijaya told the court at Mack’s trial. ‘‘However, we’ve decided to be lenient because she repeatedly expressed remorse and has a newborn baby.’’

The badly beaten body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, was found in a suitcase in the trunk of a taxi outside an upscale hotel in August.

Mack helped stuff her mother’s body in the suitcase by sitting on it to enable Schaefer to close it, prosecutors said.

Schaefer, 21, and Mack, 19, both from Chicago, are being tried separately at the Denpasar District Court on Bali. The judges and prosecutors are the same in both trials.


"Arrested US woman in Indonesia gives birth to a girl" Associated Press  March 18, 2015

BALI, Indonesia — A US woman standing trial in Indonesia on a charge of murdering her mother gave birth to a girl Tuesday at a hospital on this resort island.

Heather Mack was admitted to Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar about 1 p.m. and gave birth about six hours later, Kerobokan prison chief Sudjonggo said.

One of her attorneys, Anthony Scifo, said Mack gave birth by caesarean and that she and the baby, named Stella, are healthy.

Mack, 19, and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 21, are being tried on charges of murdering Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was found in a suitcase in a taxi at a hotel last August. They face possible death by firing squad if found guilty.

According to Sudjonggo, who like many Indonesians uses a single name, prison rules would allow Mack to keep her baby with her at the prison until she is 2 years old. Mack has said she wants the baby to stay in Bali so she can visit her while in jail.

The hearings for the separate trials will be rescheduled pending Mack’s condition, said Hasoloan Sianturi, spokesman of the Denpasar District Court.

Their trials are to resume March 24, when prosecutors would submit their sentencing demands.

According to the indictment, Schaefer battered von Wiese-Mack following an argument over the hotel bill and Mack helped stuff her mother’s body into the suitcase by sitting on it to enable Schaefer to close it.


Time to pack things back up.