Indonesia sex tape star is jailed
A court in Indonesia has sentenced one of south-east Asia’s best known pop stars to three-and-a-half years in prison for making and distributing sex videos on the internet.
The tapes of Nazril Irham, or Ariel as he is known, and two other celebrities, were made public last June.
He is the first celebrity to be charged under Indonesia’s strict pornography law that came into effect in 2008.
Ariel denied distributing the videos, he said they had been stolen.
But conservative Islamic groups called for him to be punished.
Ariel was found guilty of “giving an opportunity for others to spread, produce and prepare a pornographic video”, according to the verdict.
“As a public figure, the defendant should be aware that fans might imitate his behaviour,” said Judge Singgih Budi Prakoso.
He said that Ariel had done nothing to prevent the wide distribution of the videos.
About 500 supporters gathered outside the court as proceedings were held behind closed doors, AFP news agency reported.
The singer was accompanied by his girlfriend, TV presenter Luna Maya, who is said to be the woman in one of the two videos.
The woman alleged to appear in the other, Cut Tari, is a soap opera star previously linked to the singer.
The two women were not facing charges.
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