National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis has issued an edict announcing that the police will take strict action against people who conduct mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the edict, dated March 19, Idham urged the public to refrain from organizing mass gatherings in public places or private properties. Several examples of mass gatherings prohibited by the edict include social meetings, workshops, music festivals, carnivals, sports events, fairs, mass protests and family receptions. Topics : Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan declared a 14-day state of emergency in the capital city on Saturday in an effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.He urged all stakeholders – including corporations, social organizations and religious groups – to take drastic action to prevent the spread of the disease during the state of emergency.”Officers from the Jakarta Police, the Jakarta Military Command and provincial administrations will be out in the field on Monday to make sure everybody obeys the policy.”Indonesia reported 514 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide with 48 deaths as of Sunday afternoon. “If the situation is pressing and cannot be avoided, mass gatherings should be conducted with participants maintaining a safe distance from each other and they must follow the government’s COVID-19 prevention procedures,” he said. He also warned the public to refrain from stockpiling food and other basic necessities. “Police officers are required to take the necessary police action according to prevailing laws and regulations should they find any party violating this edict,” Idham said.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recently called on the public to work, study and worship from home to prevent a nationwide outbreak, but he stressed that the government was “not leaning toward issuing a lockdown policy”.
Imprisoned Jamaican dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel will have to wait until July next year before the appeal against the life sentence which he is currently serving is heard.The appeal hearing was originally scheduled for February 19 next year. However, following a case management hearing on Tuesday, November 7, his attorneys requested more time to prepare the appeal.The hearing is now set to start on July 9, 2018 and will be heard over three weeks.Kartel, a popular entertainer, whose birth name is Adidja Palmer. was convicted along with Kahira Jones, Andre St John, and entertainer Shawn “Shawn Storm” Campbell in 2014 for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.The four men were given life sentences following a high profile trial.Kartel will be eligible for parole after 35 years.In his trial prosecutors alleged Williams was beaten to death at the Kartel’s home in August 2011 after being lured there to answer for two missing illegal guns. Williams body has never been found. Police testified they retrieved a text message from Kartel’s phone saying Williams was chopped up in a “mincemeat” so fine that his remains would never be found.