Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Prita has been Released from Jail

In response to the outcry by online supporters, public figures and presidential candidates, Prita Mulyasari, the mother of 2 small children, who was detained for 3 weeks for alleged Defamation of the OMNI International Hospital, Alam Sutera,Tangerang, was released by on Wednesday, 3 June 2009 (photo:courtesy of The Jakarta Globe).

In an interview with The Jakarta Globe, a spokesman of the Attorney General Office Jasman Simajuntak said that the status of Prita’s arrest has been changed into City Arrest. He added that Attorney General Hendarman Supanji had ordered an examination of the case to determine whether or not the District Prosecutor in Tangerang has properly used the Information and Electronic Transaction (ITE) Law as basis for the case.

Meanwhile, according to The Jakarta Post, the first trial of the Defamation Case will be held on Thursday morning, 4 June 2009. And the Tangerang District Prosecutor's Office's said that Prita is charged for violating the ITE Law Art. 27, and the Penal Code Articles 310 and 311, which carry a maximum sentence of six years in jail and maximum fine of Rp. 1 Billion.

Further, I would like to note that this case has received broad attention from public figures, including the candidates for the presidential election on 8 July.
The first was Jusuf Kalla who said on Wednesday that the detention is not correct, followed by Megawati's visit to the Tangerang Women Penitentiary on the same day in which she said the ITE Law should be reviewed, and President SBY's request to the Chief of National Police and the Attorney General that the case should be processed using conscience.

From the above development of Prita's Case, we can expect that the legal proceedings, Appeal for the Civil Lawsuit & Criminal Prosecution will carried out justifiably.

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