Friday, December 17, 2010

The Latest News on the Ariel Case

Last Monday, the District Court of Bandung, West Java, held a trial of the Sex Video case that involved singer Ariel as Defendant, and two celebrities i.e. Cut Tari and Luna Maya.

Please find below an article about the trial that I have quoted from Kompas.

Indonesian rock star stands trial over web sex videos
Senin, 13 Desember 2010 | 19:10 WIB
Nazriel Ariel was interviewed from inside a cell room prior to his trial in Bandung in November 2010.               AFP
BANDUNG, - An Indonesian court played sequences from a rock star’s sex videos at his trial on Monday for allegedly spreading the clips on the Internet in breach of an anti-pornography law.

The closed hearing also heard testimony from television celebrity Cut Tari, 33, who told reporters outside court that she had admitted to having sex with singer Nazril Ariel, 29, in one of the videos.

If convicted, Ariel faces 12 years in jail and fines of up to six billion rupiah (672,000 dollars) for offences including distributing pornography on the Internet.

“I confessed that it was me in the video and the man was Ariel,” said Tari, wearing a black blazer and accompanied by her husband.

Reporters were not allowed inside the courtroom in Bandung, West Java, but they were allowed to peer through the windows. They saw Tari approach the bench to view a brief segment of one of the offending videos on a laptop.

The trial is being held behind closed doors to protect public morals in the mainly Muslim country, where the sex scandal — dubbed “Peterporn” after Ariel’s band Peterpan — has caused a national sensation. A second X-rated video widely distributed online earlier this year apparently features Ariel with another television personality, Luna Maya, 27.

Defence lawyer Alfian Bonjol said however that Ariel denied appearing in the steamy sex tapes. “My client denied that it was him in the video,” he told reporters, dismissing Tari’s testimony without further explanation.

Prosecutor Rusmanto said that according to Tari’s testimony, the video was made between 2005 and 2006. The clips have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people online and sparked fears about immorality spreading among the Southeast Asian country’s youths through the Internet.

Islamic hardliners have called for the rock’n’roll singer to receive the maximum punishment. Some have called for Tari to be publicly stoned to death for adultery. About 40 Muslim extremists shouted slogans outside the court and trampled on pictures of Ariel, Maya and Tari.

Ariel has been detained since he surrendered to police on June 22 amid a media circus over the explicit videos. Neither Maya nor Tari has been charged with any offence. Both women have lost lucrative marketing deals as a result of the scandal.


ReBorn said...

until now I still do not understand, what is the law used to punish ariel. because obviously, it was not ariel who spread the video.

H. Nizam said...

Hi ReBorn,
The prosecutor has indicted him of violating the Anti-Pornography Law not just for spreading the video but also for starring in it and making it.

aciid !!!!!! said...

q juga heran ma tuh kasus g kelar :D

H. Nizam said...

Halo Aciid!!!
Banyak yang sependapat dengan anda,
kenapa kasus yang sebenarnya mudah ini perlu waktu yang sangat lama sekali untuk disidangkan.

ReBorn said...

oh, the Anti-Pornography Law for strarring the video also, ya.. good info for me. :)

colson said...

"The trial is being held behind closed doors to protect public morals".

I share the mild amazement which is implicated in this quote from Kompas.

Well, obviously Indonesia is not a country for the pleasures of "sex, drugs and rock 'n roll". Therefore
the system apparently takes responsibility to protect you from exposure to wild phenomenon on your behalf. Which some may perceive as a blessing and some as a curse.

H. Nizam said...

Yes that's it.

Yes you are right.
Although I believe that the Porn
Law is too much and the Criminal law is suffice for now, but many people think that it is very important.

the dream catcher said...

I thought the law only for those who distributed... ? But either way, this case has been around for months... Why they don't just end it to put everybody out of their misery?

H. Nizam said...

Hi Ria,

Yes the case has been pending for very long before the trial started six month after Ariel the defendant has been detained for six months.
It seems that porn cases are regarded as more dangerous than corruption cases.