Saturday, October 9, 2010

Wanted : Playboy Indonesia's Ex-Editor


The South Jakarta District Attorney issued a warrant on Thursday for the arrest of Playboy Indonesia's Ex-Editor Erwin Arnada after he failed to show up to start his two years prison sentence.

Last August the Supreme Court  found Arnada guilty of violating the Criminal Law Article 282 regarding Indecency, overruling an earlier acquittal by the Jakarta High Court and South Jakarta District Court.

Earlier, Arnada's lawyers said that he will serve the prison sentence, but until Friday they were still unaware of his whereabouts. 

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Press Council Bagir Manan said that the Supreme Court has been wrong in  using the Criminal Law as basis for the trial. Because this case is a Press Case, therefore its trial should be based on the Press Law. Due to this fact, Bagir said that Arnada can request for a Judicial Review with the Supreme Court

For details, please read the following media reports :
Playboy Indonesia's Former Editor at Large (Kompas)
Playboy Editor Now a Fugitive as Jail Surrender Date Passes (The Jakarta Globe)  
Dewan Pers : Vonis atas Playboy Bentuk Kriminalisasi Pers (Gatra)

9 comments:

DS. Utomo said...

Well, mas Harry, I think pak Bagir Manan is right, because that case is a Press Case, therefore its trial should be based on the Press Law.

H. Nizam said...

Pak Utomo,
Yes, and that's what the law the District and High Courts have used.

colson said...

If indeed the Supreme Court made such an elementary 'mistake', what does it tell about it's competence?

Nevertheless, it's amazing another convicted person manages to be at large the moment he ( she) is due to serve time.

I can't blame Erwin Arnada trying to evade two years in jail though.

sawali tuhusetya said...

saya kurang begitu mengikuti kasus ini, mas. semoga proses hukum yang tengah berjalan bisa diikuti dengan baik, sehingga hukum bisa memberikan keadilan buat warganya.

H. Nizam said...

@Colson,
As the highest court in the country people expect the Supreme Court to pass justifiable verdict. For which purpose it has the right to choose which law to be use.
The Press Council Chairman Bagir Manan is former Chief of the Supreme Court, therefore his opinion is worth considering.

@Sawali,
Tepat sekali, semoga proses hukum yang sedang berjalin ditaati, apalagi masih bisa mengajukan penijauan kembali.

tikno said...

I guess the judge will think hard to weigh between the public demand and legal logic.

H. Nizam said...

Hi Tikno,
Yes you are right. Let us hope that they'll decide what is best for the country.

TUKANG CoLoNG said...

karena pelecehan ya?

penjara dua tahun palingan bakal banyak dapet potongan ato dapet sel mewah

H. Nizam said...

TUKANG CoLoNG,
Ini kasus Pemimpin redaksi majalah Playboy Indonesia, yang dituduh melanggar hukum pidana - kesusilaan.