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Ex-Hawaii resident, surfing expert jailed in Indonesia

September 25, 2017 - 5:24pm

HONOLULU (AP) — A former Big Island resident is awaiting trial in Indonesia over a surfing dispute that happened two years ago.

Oahu resident Zack Moore said he was visiting 43-year-old Jordan Heuer in Indonesia two weeks ago when Heuer received a summons to speak with prosecutors, Hawaii News Now reported. But that conversation request turned into Heuer being suddenly arrested and jailed, Moore said.

“It was a sad day to see him leave because I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to see him again,” Moore said.

Heuer moved to Indonesia in 2000 and owns Kandui Villas, a luxury surf resort.

The arrest stems from an incident in May 2015 when Heuer and another surfer allegedly got into a fight. Heuer filed a police report claiming the other man started the fight, but now could face an attempted-murder charge, according to Hawaii News Now.

“I’m feeling absolutely terrible for my son who’s in jail in a third-world country,” said Big Island resident Lori Heuer, Jordan Heuer’s mother.

Friends, family, surfing colleagues and former resort guests are rallying to support him. A crowdfunding campaign was created to help pay for legal fees and possible bail, if granted to Heuer. A petition is also circulating to help set Heuer free.

“We’re trying to get a good lawyer, the best we can find, to get him out of the situation,” Moore said.

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