Bali's very own native-son and Chief Investigator in the Bali bombings, Irgen. Made Mangku Pastika, has been named Time Magazine's Asian Newsmaker of the Year.
Pastika, praised internationally for his fearless determination as a police investigator, led and coordinated a team of international police officials in unravelling the chain of evidence surrounding the bomb attacks. Less than two months after those attacks, some 15 suspects are now in police custody with their confessions and statements paving the way for an ongoing dismantling of an international terror network that has been operating domestically in Indonesia.
According to Time's Executive editor, Anthony Speath, the Balinese police officer displaced a number of other high-profile Asian newsmakers for the current honor, including Pakistan's General Musharraf, and Chinese leaders Jiang Zemin and Hu Jianto.
A hard-nosed cop with an uncompromising commitment to solving any case assigned to him, Pastika has served as an international law enforcement officer with the United Nations in Namibia. His investigations into the death of the Papua political activist They Hivo Eluay were widely seen as fearless revealing the involvement of military elements in the victim's disappearance and death.
Pastika was the keynote speaker on Monday, December 16th at the Hotel Asia Security Workshop held in Bali.
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