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Made Pastika Hospitalized

Popular Former Chief of Police for Bali and Head of Indonesia's Anti-Narcotics Squad Rushed to Hospital in Bali with Heart Anomaly.

(10/16/2006) In Bali to attend commemoration ceremonies for the October 12, 2002 Bali Bombing, Bali's former Chief of Police and Head of the National anti-narcotics squads was rushed to Bali's Sanglah General Hospital on Thursday, October 11, 2006.

Treated in the intensive care section of the hospital reserved for coronary cases, a hospital spokesperson told the Indonesian language Denpost that the popular policeman had suffered a "minor" disturbance affecting his heart that was effectively handled by a local team of doctors.

According to reports in the press, Pastika had no personal complaints of pain but was sent to the hospital as a precaution when, during a routine treadmill stress test, results revealed a coronary irregularity. After a brief visit to the Bali hospital, doctors were able to achieve normal parameters in Pastika's test results, permitting him to be sent back to Jakarta for further medical treatment.

Follow up press reports report that Pastika was allowed to return to his home following a 2 night stay at a Jakarta heart clinic.

Pastika, a three-star general in the Indonesian police, was named Time Asia's Newsmaker of the Year for his role in capturing the Bali bombers before being given front-line responsibility in Indonesia's war on drugs.