“Just Wait”

In a sign that police investigation into the pornographic videos believed to feature 3 Indonesian celebrities as porn stars is nearing a major breakthrough, National Police Chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri said that police have overcome difficulties in this case and will soon be able to name and arrest suspects.  So far Ariel, Luna Maya and Cut Tari have been treated as witnesses.  Will their status change from witnesses to suspects soon?

Police Investigation Bearing Result

Exactly how confident is the police in solving this case?  There are a couple of things that need to be investigated and resolved. First, who made the sex videos?  Secondly, who first uploaded the sex videos into cyberspace?  Thirdly, who are the people in the sex videos?  Ariel, Luna Maya and Cut Tari?  Or look-alike imposters?  If they are look-alike imposters, who are they?  And what did they hope to achieve by their deceitful acts?

National Police Chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri said: “We don’t want to be careless. This case not only has legal consequences but it also has a social and cultural impact. God willing our team will name the tape maker in the near future and we will make an arrest.”  These words were not spoken to reporters, but to the House of Representatives Commission III on legal affairs at its recent meeting. National Police Chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri also told the meeting that firm action would be taken against whoever starred in the sex videos.  Then he added: “We already have the legal basis to name those individuals as suspects and arrest them. Just wait.”

Meanwhile National Police chief of detectives Comr. Gen. Ito Sumardi said that police would summon Ariel, Luna Maya and Cut Tari again this week for further investigations.  Explaining what police is doing to ascertain whether Ariel, Luna Maya and Cut Tari were the porn stars in the sex videos, Comr. Gen. Ito Sumardi said: “We used several experts to the examine those videos. We used face recognition experts, forensic experts and IT expert to freeze the videos and analyze them.” He called this the scientific approach. 

Ariel is the vocalist from the pop band Peterpan, which was quickly renamed Peterporn in cyberspace.

Tifatul Sembiring

Meanwhile Communications and Information Technology Minister Tifatul Sembiring said: “Sex outside of marriage is a social problem.”  Minister Tifatul Sembiring then added: “I disagree that sex outside of marriage is considered to be a private affair because I am a man of religion.”  But the situation in Indonesia today is that sex outside of marriage (i.e. between unmarried couple) is not a crime.  However, sex involving a married person (i.e. extramarital sex) falls under the criminal offence of adultery.  So if Cut Tari did have sex with Ariel after she was already married, and if husband Yusuf Subrata makes a police report, then Cut Tari could be facing a criminal charge of adultery.

Referring to the sex videos allegedly starring Ariel, Luna Maya and Cut Tari, Minister Tifatul Sembiring went on to say: “This is a bad precedent. If it’s really them in the video, I won’t be the only person who will disappointed. They are the idols of more than 10 million teens in Indonesia.”

Minister Tifatul Sembiring also asked TV stations not to show snippets of the sex tapes.  He said: “Even if the visuals are blurred the audience can still see the movements.”

Is There An Escape Route?

Ahmad Ramli, chairman of the National Legal Development Agency (BPHN), said:  “According to the Anti-Pornography Law, if anyone makes a sex video for a private collection, he or she does not break the law. It’s the people who distribute the videos who must be criminally charged.”  Has Ahmad Ramli highlighted a possible escape route for Ariel, Luna Maya and Cut Tari?  What if, in the face of conclusive scientific proof that they were the ones in the sex videos, Ariel, Luna Maya and Cut Tari should decide to admit it, but claimed that the sex videos were private collections which happened to be stolen?  Remember Ariel is said to have lost his laptop computer with its harddisk in a burglary?  What if they claim that the real criminal is the culprit who uploaded the sex videos without their permission?  If Ahmad Ramli is right, then Ariel, Luna Maya and Cut Tari could well get off the hook. 

But some people point to Article 4 of the Anti-Pornography Law which prohibits producing, creating, reproducing, copying, distributing, broadcasting, importing, exporting, offering, trading, renting or otherwise making availble pornography in Indonesia, whether for public or private consumption. And then there is Article 8 of the same law which states that a person is prohibited from knowingly or consentingly being objects or models for pornographic content.

Call To Restart Work On Bill To Regulate Multimedia Content

Previous attempt to introduce a comprehensive bill to regulate multimedia content met with stiff opposition, and had to be shelved. Now, with the sex video scandal involving Ariel, Luna Maya and Cut Tari, Minister Tifatul Sembiring is again talking about the need for laws to regulate multimedia content. And Minister Tifatul Sembiring has the support of Kemal Azis Stamboel, chairman of the House of Representatives Commission I which oversees defense and information.  Kemal Azis Stamboel said: “We agree with the concept, however there should be a selection of what should be monitored, especially pornography, so that it will not spread as is happening today. And the ministry should make sure that the monitoring does not pose threats to the freedom of press.”

Mindful of the earlier opposition where netizens feared unwarranted censorship of cyberspace, Minister Tifatul Sembiring said that only local websites and specific content, such as pornography, will be monitored. This proposal has the support of Roy Suryo, a Commission member from the Democratic Party, and Tantowi Yahya from the Golkar Party.

Think About It

How is this whole sex scandal saga involving Ariel, Luna Maya and Cut Tari going to play out?  Will it result in tough policing of the internet?  How will netizens react?  How is Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim country coping with this?  And how will the outside world view Indonesia?  A sex paradise à la Bali porn star Koreana and the Kuta Beach Cowboys?  In the end, the real victim may well be Indonesia rather than Ariel, Luna Maya and Cut Tari.

Previous posts

Minister To Ariel And Luna Maya – Make A Firm Statement On Sex Videos
Ariel Says Sex Videos of Him, Luna Maya And Cut Tari Not Big News
Sex Video – Police Says It’s Really Ariel, Luna Maya And Cut Tari And Not Look-Alikes
Ariel – Did He Do It With Luna Maya, Cut Tari And Others?

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