Bali Discovery Tours: Homepage
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from balidiscovery.com
Home Bali Contact Bali Practicalities Bali News Bali Services Bali Transportation Bali Sports Bali Excursions Bali Villas Bali Hotels
Home · News · Outraged by Sacrilege in Bali
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from balidiscovery.com
Bali Hotels
Bali Villas
Special Deals!
Packages
MICE Handling
Bali Excursions
Culinary - Dining
Guided Tour
Bali Spas
Bali Sports
Diving
Golf
Bali Transportation
Car Rental - Selft Drive
Private Jet Charter
Bali News
Bali Services
Bali Practicalities
Bali Contact
Bali Career
Home
 
Bali Update
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!
 
PATA header
PATA Gold Award 2007
Bali Update
PATA Gold Award Winner 2007
 
Bali Contact
Bali Discovery Tours
Jln. By Pass Ida Bagus Mantra,
Jln. Pucuk 1 No. 70X
Denpasar, Bali
Indonesia

24h:
+62 (0)812 3819724
Tel:
+62 (0)361 464 032, +62 (0)361 471 0242

Bali Discovery

SITE PATA ASITA
Bali News

Outraged by Sacrilege in Bali

Italian and Local Bali Men Arrested as Members of Theft Ring that Looted Religious Sites Across Island.


Bali News: Bali, Indonesia, Roberto Gamba, Gusti Putu Okariadi, Komang Oka Sukaya,  Gusti Lanang Sidemen, artifacts, theft
Click Image to Enlarge

(9/13/2010)

Police have arrested a number of people, raided three separate storage facilities, and confiscated 144 sacred Hindu artifacts purportedly stolen from temples across Bali.

At the center of the arrests is a 50-year-old Italian national and resident of Bali, Roberto Gamba, who apparently purchased and received the sacred effigies stolen by local men.

Highly revered by the Balinese, the small statuettes depict deities and supporting characters from a sacrosanct Bali-Hindu pantheon.

Interrogation by police of Gamba, the men who sold him the items and downloads from a confiscated laptop computer owned by the Italian are leading to a wider circle of arrests and raids on local shops and warehouses used to store the stolen religious items.

Police confiscated 100 sacred artifacts from Gamba's villa in Bali together with a large array of ancient Balinese coins, sacred Sanskrit scriptures and sacred effigies. With threats by incensed neighbors to burn Gamba's villa, police have taken the man into protective custody to allow them to complete their investigation.

Police are linking the artifacts to a series of robberies at least 34 Balinese temples carried out over the past four years, alleging he knowingly purchased the stolen items in order to sell them to other parties outside Bali.

In his defense, Gamba claims no knowledge that the items were stolen, having purchased the items from three Balinese – Gusti Putu Okariadi, Komang Oka Sukaya and Gusti Lanang Sidemen for prices ranging from Rp. 500,000 to Rp. 1 million (US$55-$110).

Police are also said to be now seeking a French national they believed is also involved in the scheme.

Aware of the strong emotions the case has raised across the Balinese public, Bali's chief of police General Hadiatmoko has taken a direct interest in the case, personally interrogating Roberto Gamba who remains in police custody.


© Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to http://www.balidiscovery.com.

       

 
Bali News by Bali Update
Subscribe to the Bali Update
Receive the latest news from Bali by email!



Our [Privacy Statement] explains how we handle the data you are providing.

 
Bali News by Bali Update
Explore the Archive of the Bali Update
Find related articles in our news archive!




or try to use Google Search :

Home · Bali Hotels · Bali Villas · Bali Excursions · Bali Sports · Bali News · Site Map · RSS

Bali News: More News
Working to Preserve and Promote Bali Arts
Bale Banjar Culture Club to Feature Peter J. Wilson and Made Sidia – World Renowned Producers of Balinese Stage Performances
(4/15/2018)
Does Bali Already Have a Second International Airport?
Editorial: A Practical Perspective on a Second Airport for Bali
(4/15/2018)
Shopping on Touchdown in Bali
New Duty Free Shopping Area for International Passengers Arriving in Bali
(4/15/2018)
Seeking Wider Horizons of Understanding
TEDxUbud Event Set to Stimulate Innovation and Creativity on Saturday, May 5, 2018
(4/15/2018)
Keeping the News Cycle Positive
Udayana Military Commander Calls on Media to ’Self-Censor’ and Avoid Controversial Reporting in Run-Up to IMF-World Bank Meeting
(4/15/2018)
Fugitives No More
Fugitive German and Indonesian Wife Captured by State Prosecutors to Start Serving Prison Sentences Handed Down in Bali Property Scam
(4/15/2018)
Enhancing the Quality of Bali Visitors
Tourism Ministry Outlines How Bali Can Attract Higher Quality Tourist Visitors
(4/15/2018)
Roll Out the Barrels
Australian Government Assisting Bali in Conquering Mounting Trash Problem
(4/15/2018)
The Rainbow Connection
Green Peace’s Rainbow Warrior Uses Bali Visit to Fight Coal-powered Electricity, Plastic Pollution and Lend Support to ForBALI’s Fight Against Reclamation of Benoa Bay
(4/15/2018)
Friday the 13th in Bali
Tourist Bus Kills One Man and Damages 6 Cars and 2 Motorcycles in Spectacular Chain-Collision Near Bali’s GWK Monument
(4/15/2018)
3-Month Sticker Visas for Vehicles Visiting Bali
Bali Government Seeking to set 3-month Limit on the Amount of Time Cars Registered Outside Bali can Spend in the Province
(4/15/2018)
Shown the Door
North Bali Immigration Deports Dutch Husband and Wife for Illegally Operating Two Rental Villas
(4/15/2018)
All [News]!