Indonesian presidential contender Prabowo Subianto ordered the abduction of democracy activists in the dying days of dictator Suharto`s rule, used to be married to one of the strongman`s daughters, and was once refused entry to the US over rights abuses.
Jakarta governor Joko Widodo is expected to be declared the winner of Indonesia`s disputed presidential election this week but his rival, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, is likely to mount a legal challenge that will prolong the political deadlock.
More than 76,000 people fled their homes and flights were grounded across most of Indonesia`s densely populated island of Java on Friday after a volcanic eruption sent a huge plume of ash and sand 17 km (10 miles) into the air.
Rescuers battled strong currents and high waves on Saturday while searching for dozens of people missing and feared dead one day after a boat carrying asylum seekers sank off the coast of Indonesia`s main island of Java, killing at least 21 people.
A car and a packed church bus returning from an outing collided and plunged into a river Wednesday in Indonesia`s West Java province, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than a dozen, officials said.