Austrian found hoarding stolen skulls in home museum
An Austrian man is to be charged with disturbing the peace of the dead after police found 56 skulls and 55 other bones at a museum he had created in his home.
Police in the province of Burgenland said the relics were taken without authorization from a church cemetery and had now been returned.
The 47-year-old man, whose name was not immediately released pending his being charged, came to the attention of the police when he tried to sell three skulls and two thigh bones at a flea market, police said.
A police spokesman said he had never encountered such a case in his 37 years in the force and knew neither why the man had collected the bones nor why he had tried to sell some of them.
“But there’s nothing new under the sun,” he said.
Indonesian governor bans female secretaries
The governor of an Indonesian province has ordered his top staff to replace their female secretaries with men following a series of extra-marital affairs.
Rusly Habibie, the governor of Gorontalo province on northern Sulawesi island, claimed that many government office heads were involved in affairs.
“They treat them much better than their own wives. They bring them presents from official trips like perfumes or branded bags while their poor wives get nothing,” he said.
“For these reasons, I ordered them to replace their female secretaries with male assistants or with old women who are no longer attractive.”
Mr Habibie is convinced that his subordinates will follow his instructions, though there will not be any punishment for those who fail to comply.
“This is a moral sanction. I’m pretty sure they will follow my order, and all of them will get a male secretary soon,” he said, adding that there were about 50 senior officials in the province who had hired female secretaries.