|Indonesian pop singer Nazril "Ariel" Irham sits in the courtroom after he arrive for his final trial in Bandung of the Indonesia's West Java province January 31, 2011.|
Let me explain ~ HE SLEPT WITH HER ~ and a TAPE of them was RELEASED on the INTERNET and he received 3.5 years ~ only in the Islamic world!! 0000
BANDUNG, Indonesia — One of Indonesia’s biggest pop stars was sentenced to three and a half years in prison on Monday over a series of online celebrity sex tapes in a verdict seen as a major step in efforts by Islamic conservatives to police morality in the Muslim-majority nation.
Pop star's supporters chased.
|Protesters blaming Indonesian singer Nazril "Ariel" Irham of the group Peterpan, left, attack his supporters in orange camouflaged suits after his trial in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, Monday, Jan. 31, 2010|
|A supporter of Indonesian singer Nazril "Ariel" Irham of the group Peterpan, right, runs away from protesters blaming Ariel, left, after his trial in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, Monday, Jan. 31, 2010|
Hundreds of Muslim hard-liners, enraged by what they saw as too lenient a sentence, stormed a court compound in the city of Bandung after judges found the pop star, Nazril Irham, popularly known as Ariel, guilty of helping to spread homemade videos of himself having sex with two top female celebrities.
An assortment of Islamo-nuts ~ shouting 'Allah Akbar'
|Muslim women shout "God is Great" during a rally outside the courthouse where Indonesian pop singer Nazril "Ariel" Irham is on trial in Bandung in Indonesia's West Java province January 31, 2011|
Mr. Irham was rushed into an armored police car as white-robed protesters chanting “God is great” briefly clashed with uniformed members of Pancasila Youth, a nationalist group that was providing protection for Mr. Irham and his supporters. Hundreds of police officers in riot gear largely stood by as the hearing broke into chaos.
|A protester, right, blaming Indonesian singer Nazril "Ariel" Irham of the group Peterpan, prepares to throw a rock at a car of Ariel's supporter after his trial in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, Monday, Jan. 31, 2010.|
Judge Singgih Budi Prakoso said Mr. Irham, the lead singer of the band Peterpan, had violated Indonesia’s controversial antipornography law, which was passed in 2008 amid pressure from Muslim conservatives and vociferous protest from liberals and religious minorities. The sentence, which also included a fine of about $28,000, was less than the five years demanded by prosecutors and the maximum 12 years available under the law.
The court found that Mr. Irham broke the law by “giving the opportunity” for others to copy and distribute the videos when he handed over a hard drive to a music editor for Peterpan in 2006.
The case of Mr. Irham has riveted Indonesia since two videos surfaced online last year showing him having sex with his girlfriend, the actress Luna Maya, and the television presenter Cut Tari.
The popularity of the videos prompted the government to impose an online filter for Internet pornography — which has so far met limited success— and to pursue Mr. Irham under the pornography law. Throughout, there has been a fierce debate between liberals and conservatives over the role of the newly democratic state in prying into the private lives of its citizens.
Neither side was pleased by Monday’s verdict.
Mr. Irham’s lawyer, O. C. Kaligis, dismissed it as a miscarriage of justice intended to distract the public from ongoing government corruption scandals. The court had acted wrongly by applying the law retroactively to acts that happened in 2006, he said, and had failed to prove that Mr. Irham had intended for others to see and spread private videos.
“They say Indonesia is a democracy, but where’s the democracy?” Ms. Maya said in an interview in the court compound.
Ms. Maya, who interviewed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during a 2009 visit, said she was “disappointed” with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who publicly backed a police investigation at the height of the scandal.
“We’re Indonesians, we pay taxes, we’ve never done anything wrong, we’ve done nothing,” she said. “But it’s like they’re raping our freedom, they’re raping our privacy.
“If this country is going to hand out punishments based on public opinion, then we may as well do away with the courts.”
But Abdul Qohar, the West Java provincial head of the Islamic Defenders Front, or F.P.I., said Mr. Irham’s videos had become a “virus” that was corrupting the nation’s youth and that the court should have accepted the prosecutors’ demand for five years in jail.
“Looking at this through Muslim goggles, for the F.P.I. and all Muslims, adulterers must be stoned to death,” Mr. Qohar said.
New York Times