Irjen. I Made Mangku Pastika has been appointed the Chief of the Provincial Police Force for Bali, effective Monday, April 28, 2003, replacing outgoing Chief of Police, Irjen Budi Setyawan.
Pastika received widespread praise from international investigators for his handling of the Bali bombings case that led to the arrest of 29 suspects now awaiting trial for their role in the October 2003 bombing of a Bali nightspot. Pastika's fearless reputation as a no-nonsense policeman and readiness to follow a criminal trail no matter where it leads, also saw him named "newsmaker of the year" by Time Magazine in December of 2002.
Made Pastika, a Bali native, is also credited with leading criminal investigations into murders in Irian Jaya that resulted in the indictment of several members of the Indonesian armed forces.
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