Another Indonesian MP in porn video scandal

An Indonesian lawmaker has claimed that he sold a laptop and forgot that it had pornographic videos of him and his wife on the hard drive. Those videos are now circulating in public and, in theory, he should be under investigation for breaches of the country’s draconian anti-pornography bill.

Iwan Fajarudin said someone from the Purworejo Legislative Council leaked the video. His comments don’t make much sense, however. How can he know who leaked it if, as he claims, he had sold the laptop at a market with the videos still on the hard drive? Surely anyone could have leaked it? Does he know who bought the laptop? Are the police investigating? If not, why not?

Poor old Iwan doesn’t sound all that sharp, to be perfectly frank. His “hard drive” apparently works fine but the software might be a bit slow:

It was my own recklessness and foolishness for not cleaning the files on the laptop when I sold it, including the ones in the recycle bin. Now the video is being used against me, to topple me.

I don’t think he should be charged, of course, but if you’re going to start jailing people for things like this you need to be fair and even-handed about it. That’s the problem with the whole stupid anti-porn law – it’s unenforceable.

It’s a funny coincidence that the acronym of Iwan’s political party is PAN. It sounds like Peterpan, which is the name of a popular Indonesian rock band.

The singer of Peterpan has just been condemned to three-and-a-half years in jail under similar circumstances. Homemade sex clips of Ariel and his lovers, two television personalities, went viral on the Internet last year. The government, particularly those ministers who claim to follow conservative Islamic values and rely on the support of like-minded voters,  decided to make an example of him.

(One of those very pious Islamic politicians is the subject of another highly amusing sex video case which emerged this week. Anis Matta, from the Prosperous Justice Party, is the alleged star of the show, which takes place in a very soapy bathroom. He apparently denies everything and, coincidentally, also claims to be the victim of a political smear campaign. That’s the other trouble with the stupid anti-porn law – it’s so easy to abuse, as the people who championed it for their own cynical political ends are now finding out).

Anyway, back to Ariel, the singer denied publishing or spreading the videos, which is the illegal part. Under the 2008 law, there’s no crime in actually making such a video, you just can’t show it around or publish it in any way.

Ariel said the videos were taken from his laptop without his knowledge by someone at a recording studio. He was charged, tried and convicted. Indonesia looked really, really stupid.

Meanwhile three soldiers who brutally tortured two Papuan civilians, and made a video of the crime, were sentenced to up to 10 months in jail.

I really want to thank the Indonesian government for protecting me from moral depravity.

(Photo by Gisela Giardino via Wikimedia Commons)

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