Thursday, November 20, 2008

Rihanna cancels concert over security fears

The management of pop singer Rihanna has canceled her Friday concert in Jakarta for security reasons, the event promoter's spokesperson Troy Waroka announced on Thursday.

"The concert will be postponed until January or February," Troy aid, as quoted by Tempointeraktif.com.

Troy explained that Rihanna's management considered Indonesia's security to still be on alert. He suspected the sudden decision had something to do with the execution of three convicted terrorists on Sunday.

"They said Indonesia's security is not supportive," Troy said, adding that a team had been sent to Singapore to lobby the management to change its decision.

A laborious and costly preparation had been arranged for the Friday concert, Troy said, including the rental of a private jet scheduled to pick up Rihanna from Singapore, complete with and a security unit on par with those used to escort state officials.

A cancellation of the concert would mean billions of rupiah worth of losses, Troy added.

"All tickets are already sold out," he said, adding that the promoter would give a full refund to all customers

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