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Secrets of Deincarnation in Bali
An American who falls in love with and marries a beautiful Balinese girl is ultimately
forced to flee the Island of the Gods with his children ahead of plans for murder.
"This court makes the finding that she abandoned her children."
- The Honorable Susan Lopez-Giss, California Superior Court, Pomona, 17 March 2009
Life goes on...
The following documents may give away plot points to Eleven Demons.
I am an American citizen, my wife Indonesian, we married in Los Angeles in 1985
and moved to Bali in 1987. There she established a secret double identity and acquired
documents including a false marriage certificate claiming a Balinese ceremony in
1996. She used these documents in 2005 for a divorce accusation which would give
her control of our children and our assets. As I tried to prove our 1985 marriage,
I discovered that the courts, the police, and even my own attorneys apparently were
helping her in a plan which eventually forced my children and me to flee Indonesia
after a threat to our lives.
I, Michael Donnelly, am a U.S.citizen who has lived more than twenty years
in Indonesia. My ex-wife Ni Made Jati is an Indonesian citizen. We were legally married in California
in 1985, moved to Bali in 1987 and led, at least at first, a normal and happy family
life. Our two sons, Sean and Brenden, were
born in 1993 and 1994 in California and Singapore, and they are also
U.S. citizens in accord with the laws of both the U.S. and Indonesia. We built two
successful businesses, Uluwatu Boutiques and Kori Restaurant, and bought several
After the children were born, Made Jati began to change, began an affair with an
Austrian man, became abusive with the children and short-tempered with me. She pressed
for a divorce, but refused to discuss how we would care for our children or settle
our family and business affairs.
In 2005, Made surprised me with an
Accusation of Divorce claiming a fictitious Balinese marriage
backed by a new Marriage Certificate
which she had obtained in 1996 in Denpasar without my knowledge, and based upon
a false double identity
as a single woman she had established in Tabanan, while she also had an identity
as a wife and mother with me and our children in Denpasar.
At the National Court I entered proof that we had been legally married in California
in 1985 and that her 1996 Marriage
Certificate was false, but I lost. There were apparent
signs of collusion in the court decision, the testimony of my
witnesses was falsified and reversed
in the court record, my wife’s witnesses apparently committed perjury - claiming
that a Balinese ceremony
which took place in May 1994 at our home in Sanur had actually occurred in September
1996 in Kuta - and it appears that I was
betrayed by my own attorneys at Austrindo Law Office.
Her purpose, it seems, was to use the legal consequences of a 1996 marriage to seize
custody of our children, cancel their U.S. citizenship by claiming they were
bastards born outside the marriage, and to seize all our family businesses
and assets. She and her family then took our businesses, and I was threatened
with arrest if I interfered.
I reported suspected fraud and false documents to the police in Bali. Two
other suspected frauds came to light during the next year, one in a land purchase
and another against our business partner at Kori Restaurant, which I also
reported along with a final report against Austrindo Law Office for suspected
Despite Made Jati eventually
admitting that her claims of a marriage in 1996 were false, the police
stopped or dropped all the cases, six in total, without investigation or
contrary to law. I continued to push for investigation, but in 2007 I received a
death threat against me and my children.
Made Jati refused to discuss or meet with me about the threat. On the advice
of the U.S. Embassy I fled with my children to California for their safety. But
with the assistance of my new lawyer, Maharidzal S.H., I continued my legal
battles in Indonesia.
In 2008 two decisions from the Supreme Court of Indonesia confirmed that the
1985 California marriage was legal in Indonesia and was ended by
divorce, and that Made Jati's acquisition of a new Marriage Certificate in Indonesia
in 1996 was unlawful. I hoped that despite the other suspected frauds we
could drop the criminal reports and reach a settlement on our family issues. Made
Jati continued to refuse communication or mediation, however.
Without any prior attempt at communication, in 2008 Made Jati appeared unexpectedly
in California and filed a petition for custody. But when the judge ordered her to
give testimony under oath, she immediately fled California before trial on
the advice of her attorney Ida
Bagus Wikantara in Bali. The California Court ruled that she
abandoned her children and issued an arrest warrant on
50 criminal counts of Contempt. She has refused all communication or support for
our children since.
Yet interpreting this as a mother willing to betray her family in a grab for assets
is not the complete story. Because sorting through the extraordinary webs of events
and documents, it is apparent that Made Jati is only an instrument to an ends, and
that these suspected frauds were planned, backed and controlled by members of the
Bali legal community, a "Mafia of the Gods."
In 2011, Sean, Brenden and I traveled to Jakarta under the sponsorship of the National
Commission for Child Protection (KNPA), which summoned Made Jati to Jakarta
to meet her children. Made Jati refused six summons to appear, apparenly afraid
to leave the protection provided by the Bali police.
In Indonesia an appeal for settlement of family assets in currently in front
of the Supreme Court. Previous decisions at the National Court and
High Court in Denpasar, Bali, and the Supreme Court in Jakarta, show
clear indications of collusion.
In the meantime, reports to the Internal Affairs Bureau (Wasidik) of the
Criminal Investigation Division (Bareskrim) of the National Police in Jakarta,
to the Task Force for Eradication of the Law Mafia (Satgas Pemberantasan Mafia Hukum,
and the to the National Police Commission (Kompolnas) have led to an re-examination
of the cases previously shut down by the Bali police.