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Indonesia – From Peterpan To Peterporn To Noah

Ariel’s Pop Band Changes Its Name

Nazril Irham aka Ariel, the former lead vocalist of pop band Peterpan, recently disclosed that band members decided to change the band’s name after Ariel’s conviction over his role in what is now called the Peterporn sex videos scandal.  And the new name?  It’s now called Noah.

What’s In A Name?

Since the Peterpan name is now tainted with the Peterporn sex scandal, the decision to change name is understandable.  But the choice of the new name is somewhat surprising.  But then again, maybe it’s not.

Consider what Noah said, as quoted in the Quran: ”O my Lord! I seek refuge with You from asking from You that of which I have no knowledge. And unless You forgive me and have Mercy on me, I would indeed be one of the losers.” (Quran 11:47).  Is this Ariel’s way of seeking forgiveness, by having his band’s name associated with Noah?

Can a change of name work?  Remember what Juliet said in Romeo and Juliet?  She said:

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

By contrast, a tainted name like Peterpan, by any other name, could smell just as rotten.  And there is a saying that a leopard can’t change its spots.

Choosing A New Name

The process of selecting a new name started some 2 years ago, when Ariel got into trouble with the now infamous Peterporn sex videos.  These Peterporn sex videos show Ariel having sex separately with Luna Maya and Cut Tari, both well-known TV presenters, models and actresses.

Ariel said last month, before disclosing the new name: “There are a number of new names but it will be announced during the new album launch around August and September.”

Describing the process, Ariel said: “What’s happening in the band right now is us ‘arguing’ to find a name that represents Indonesian music better.”

At the beginning of this month, Ariel gave a different story, saying that actually the new name had been agreed 2 years ago, but band members decided to keep it a secret until Ariel is released from prison.

Ariel said: “We had to lie smartly so that the new name wouldn’t be leaked . . . even the people closest to us didn’t know.”

Noah To Launch New Album

Ariel was with his band members when he announced the change of name from Peterpan to Noah.  Band members include Uki, Lukman, David and Reza.

Ariel said that the new album under Noah’s name will be “Separuh Aku” (“A Half of Me”), which is composed by David just a couple of days ago.

Ariel also disclosed that Separuh Aku will be aired by 200 radio statins across Indonesia in unison at the same time. 

Think About It

Ariel has many fans, even today.  So why the need to change the name of his pop band from Peterpan to Noah?  And why Noah?  In saying “we had to lie smartly…”, what kind of message is Ariel sending to the world, in particular to his fans?  Indeed can this leopard change its spots? Can a change of name solve Ariel’s and Peterpan’s tainted name?

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Indonesia – Ariel On Parole In Mid-July

Indonesia – Ariel On Parole In Mid-July

Good Behavior

Remember Nazril Irham aka Ariel, the former lead vocalist of pop band Peterpan?  He is currently serving a jail term for offenses relating to the now infamous Peterporn sex video scandal.  But come mid-July, Ariel will qualify for parole because of his good behavior while behind bars.

About The Peterporn Sex Videos

In 2010 Ariel became famous for the wrong reason.  He found himself the star actor in 3 sex videos uploaded on YouTube without his knowledge, all of which went viral in cyberspace immediatelya.  His 2 leading actresses were well-known model cum TV presenters Luna Maya and Cut Tari.  Ariel was subsequently jailed for 42 months and fined for offenses relating to the pornographic videos.  He was shown having sex with Cut Tari in one of the Peterporn sex videos while Luna Maya appeared in the other two, also having sex with Ariel.  Cut Tari later admitted that it was she in the video, and identified her sex partner as Ariel.  Cut Tari also apologized to her husband for committing adultery with Ariel as that sex video was made after her marriage to her husband.  Luna Maya has denied being the women in these Peterporn sex videos.  So far, both Luna Maya and Cut Tari have not been indicted, but the National Police maintains that the Peterporn sex video scandal case is not over yet.

Parole

According to M. Nasir Almi, the head of the Law and Human Rights Ministry in Bandung, Ariel will be placed on parole next month, because of his good behavior while in prison.  M. Nasir Almi said: “He will have to report to the Bandung Detention Office each month before his official release next year.”

Ariel was sentenced to 42 months behind bars in January 2011.  Under Indonesian law, a convicted prisoner is eligible for parole if he has served two-thirds of his sentence. 

Ariel was arrested and brought under detention in June 2010 while investigation into the Peterporn sex videos was in progress.  His 42 months jail term thus counted from June 2010.  Serving two-thirds of his jail term means that under normal circumstances, Ariel will be available for parole in October 2012, which is a good 4 months away.  But prison authorities granted Ariel a remission of 4 months for good behavior, thus making Ariel available for parole next month. If all goes well, the parole period will end next year when Ariel will become a free man.

Think About It

Are the National Police still intending to prosecute Luna Maya and Cut Tari?  What is holding up a decision on whether to prosecute or not?  How will Ariel’s fans react to his early release from prison?

Previous posts

Indonesia – Ariel Counting Down To July Release?
Ariel – Did He Do It With Luna Maya, Cut Tari And Others?
Ariel Arrested Over Sex Videos Featuring Luna Maya And Cut Tari
Peterporn Sex Videos – Now Cut Tari Admits She Had Sex With Ariel
Peterporn Sex Videos – Cut Tari Admits Bedroom Exercise With Ariel Was Adultery
Peterporn Sex Videos – Luna Maya Said It Again: “We Are Victims”
Cut Tari Told Court Man In Peterporn Sex Video Having Sex With Her Is Ariel

Indonesia – Ariel Counting Down To July Release?

Participation In Assimilation Program Seen As Prelude To Early Release

What is happening to Nazril Irham aka Ariel, former lead vocalist of pop band Peterpan who is now serving time in prison following his conviction over the Peterporn sex videos? Lastest news is that he has started on an assimilation program that allows him to work outside the prison.  This program is seen as a prelude to an early release for Ariel.

About The Peterporn Sex Video Case

In January last year, Ariel was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months (42 months) in prison and a fine of Rp 250 million (US$28,000) for distributing pornography following a controversial sex video scandal.  The so-called Peterporn sex video scandal involves 3 videos, 2 of which shows Ariel having sex with Luna Maya while the third video shows Ariel and Cut Tari having sex.  Both Luna Maya and Cut Tari (who is married) are famous actresses cum models and TV personalities.

Ariel was arrested and subsequently charged for distributing pornography when the Peterporn videos went viral in cyberspace.  Ariel was not the one who uploaded the Peterporn sex videos to cyberspace.  The culprit was a former Peterpan member called Reza Rizaldy who copied the sex videos from Ariel’s computer without his knowledge.  Reza Rizaldy later gave the Peterporn sex videos to his cousin who did the uploading to cyberspace.  Reza Rizaldy received a 2-year prison term for his part in this Peterporn sex video scandal, but his cousin was not charged.

Case Still Open

National Police Spokesman Insp. Gen. Saud Usman Nasution said recently that the Peterporn sex video case is still open, as police is still investing Luna Maya and Cut Tari for their part in the sex videos.

Insp. Gen. Saud Usman Nasution added that police is encountering difficulty in finding sufficient evidence to complete the dossiers on Luna Maya and Cut Tari. In the meantime, police have not charged Luna Maya or Cut Tari for any wrongdoing in relation to the Peterporn sex videos. 

Cut Tari had confessed her role in the Peterporn sex video, but Luna Maya had denied any involvement, claiming to be a victim of a lookalike (the same claim made by Ariel).

About The Assimilation Program

The assimilation program is designed to help convicts prepare for life after their release in prison.  Towards this end, convicts under this assimilation program are allowed to work outside prison in companies participating in this assimilation program. 

Ahmad Tohari, head of the surveillance division at Kebon Waru Penitentiary in Bandung where Ariel is serving his prison term said that Ariel “has been working since Jan. 19 at an architecture firm in Bandung.” The rules of the assimilation program allows Ariel to work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday; he must return to Kebon Waru Penitentiary in the evening.

Budiman, head of the prisoner service department added concerning the assimilation program: “There is close supervision from a jail personnel.”

To be eligible to participate in the assimilation program, a convict must have served at least 50% of his prison term.  In Ariel’s case, this 50% mark was crossed in December last year.

Possibly July Release

Convicts on this assimilation program may be considered for early conditional release. Nasir Almi, the head of the West Java Justice and Human Rights Office explains: “We will observe his behavior during the assimilation program and if it is in line with the laws and agreed regulations, then he can get the conditional release.”

Ariel is working in an architectural consulting firm under the assimilation program. Ariel himself proposed this architectural firm.  Nasir Almi explains: “We approved it because it is in line with the expertise of the concerned, architecture.”  Ariel studied architecture at Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung previously.

If all goes well, Ariel could be released in July this year.

Think About It

Will Ariel be granted conditional release come this July?  If so, under what conditions will he be released?  And will Luna Maya and Cut Tari be indicted for their role in the Peterporn sex videos?  What difficulties are the police encountering in completing their investigative dossiers on Luna Maya and Cut Tari.  In the case of Cut Tari, she had confessed to being the person in the sex video. What other information is needed to complete her dossier?

Previous posts

Peterporn Sex Videos – Bandung High Court Upholds Guilty Verdict of Ariel Even As Constitutional Court Says Private Sex Videos OK
Peterporn Sex Videos – More On Ariel’s Verdict
Peterporn Sex Videos – Ariel Found Guilty As Charged Even As Police Turn Attention To Luna Maya And Cut Tari
Cut Tari Told Court Man In Peterporn Sex Video Having Sex With Her Is Ariel
Peterporn Sex Videos – Luna Maya Said It Again: “We Are Victims”
Peterporn Sex Videos – Cut Tari Admits Bedroom Exercise With Ariel Was Adultery
Ariel – Did He Do It With Luna Maya, Cut Tari And Others?

Luna Maya: “I Am Proud Of Myself”

“I Bounced Back”

Remember Luna Maya, the girlfriend of Nazril Irham aka Ariel, former lead vocalist of pop band Peterpan.  She saw her career nosedived over her appearance in the Peterporn sex videos with Ariel, with several commercial sponsorship contracts canceled.  But in a recent press interview, Luna Maya proudly proclaimed: “I bounced back”.

“The Lowest Point Of My Life”

Describing her situation a year back, Luna Maya said: “At that point, it felt like as if I was sunk in a very deep pile of mud.”  But Luna Maya was quick to add: “I was at the lowest point of my life but I bounced back. I don’t want to sound arrogant but I am proud of myself.”

But what was it like to be at her lowest point in her life?  Luna Maya found herself quickly dropped from advertising endorsements and TV appearances.  On top of that, she lost many fans because of the Peterporn sex videos. Luna Maya puts it this way: “I went everywhere and people looked at me. They stared at me and I didn’t have the courage to look back. I kept my head down. But after a while, I couldn’t take it any more, I decided to lift my head up, to breathe and to march forward without fear.”

Bouncing Back

But where did Luna Maya find the mental strength to bounce back?  Luna Maya explains: “When I was in fourth grade, I physically fought a bully. He acted as if he was the boss of the class, telling other people what to do. The whole class was afraid of him but not me. Other than him, I got involved in a lot of fights as a kid. I have battle scars and bruises on my head that I believe, if my hair was fully shaved, would still be visible even now.”

So how did Luna Maya manage to bounce back?  Luna Maya said: “Due to my background, I decided to ignore all the haters because I do not want to be defeated by insignificant matters. Everyone has their own path to success. If they are prepared to fight for it, then they will make it.”

And what is Luna Maya doing now?  Looks like she became an entrepreneur.  3 years ago, she started a clothing line with some friends.  She is also a film producer.  Luna Maya is currently working with friends on several film projects.

What advice can she offer to others who are down?  Luna Maya said: “I want people to have that kind of mentality. To achieve their dreams on their own. Set your heart on what you want. As of now, I see people who still want to take shortcuts and take things that they have no right to have.”  Then she added: “Indonesians are still looking for a figure to save them. They should not. Instead, each of them must become their own president.”

“Dara”

And what is Nazril Irham aka Ariel doing nowadays?  Ariel recently wrote a song entitled “Dara” which means “Fair Maiden” in English while he is serving a 42-month jail term.  This song is now being played on Indonesian airwaves – a breakthrough for Ariel indeed, proving that he can still write songs that can be popular.

Luna Maya puts it this way: “Congratulations! I am happy to see that he is still able to write songs and play music.” Then she added: “You can’t stop an artist from creating works of art even though he is chained.”

Think About It

Luna Maya said that Indonesians should have the mentality “to achieve their dreams on their own” instead of “looking for a figure to save them” and that “each of them must become their own president”.  Is she correct?  If so, how easy is it to achieve this mentality, especially for someone who is at the lowest point of his life?

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Indonesia – Ramadan Visits By Luna Maya To Ariel

Several Visits

Remember Nazril Irham aka Ariel, former lead vocalist of pop band Peterpan who is now in prison following his conviction over the Peterporn sex videos?  Well he has been receiving a special visitor during the current holy month of Ramadan – who is none other than his girlfriend Luna Maya.

About The Peterporn Sex Scandal

The case revolved around the so-called Peterporn sex videos that Ariel took of himself having sex with 2 celebrities – current girlfriend Luna Maya and former girlfriend Cut Tari.  In the end, Ariel was convicted of violating Indonesia’s strict 2008 Anti-Pornography Law over the online posting of 3 Peterporn sex videos on YouTube.  Ariel was also found guilty under the Criminal Code for distributing, broadcasting, renting or providing pornographic videos.

Ariel was sentenced to 42 months in prison plus a fine.  He is now serving his jail time at the Kebonwaru Penitentiary in Bandung. Meanwhile, both Luna Maya and Cut Tari are still free, both having to rebuild their careers following the Peterporn sex videos on YouTube.

About The Ramadan Prison Visits

During this holy month of Ramadan, Luna Maya has been busy visiting her boyfriend Ariel in prison.  So how is Ariel now?  Luna Maya said: “He is well, thank God.”

But what did Luna Maya do when visiting Ariel?  Well it seems that Luna Maya had made several visits to Ariel since the commencement of the holy month of Ramadan.  And since Ariel must have missed outside food while in prison, Luna Maya made it a point to bring Ariel food during such visits.  Luna Maya said that each time Ariel would gladly accept these foods. 

Did Ariel ask for anything special during the Ramadan visits?  Luna Maya said: “He never asks for anything else and is always content with whatever I have brought.”

So how did Luna Maya feel about visiting Ariel during Ramadan?  Luna Maya said: “Thank God, the same thrill, the same joy, no obstacles whatsoever, I am continuing to fast happily, because only once a year I feel this… But the atmosphere every Ramadan is different.”

Think About It

What is keeping the prosecutor from charging Luna Maya and Cut Tari for their roles in the Peterporn sex videos.  Should Muslims engage in pre-marital sex as in the case of Ariel and Luna Maya?  And should Muslim girls like Cut Tari engage in extra-marital sex since Cut Tari was already married when the Peterporn sex video was made? 

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Peterporn Sex Videos – Ariel Found Guilty As Charged Even As Police Turn Attention To Luna Maya And Cut Tari
Peterporn Sex Videos – More On Ariel’s Verdict
Peterporn Sex Videos – Bandung High Court Upholds Guilty Verdict of Ariel Even As Constitutional Court Says Private Sex Videos OK

Peterporn Sex Videos – Bandung High Court Upholds Guilty Verdict of Ariel Even As Constitutional Court Says Private Sex Videos OK

What Next For Ariel?

 The Bandung High Court has rejected the appeal by Nazril Irham aka Ariel, former lead vocalist of pop band Peterpan against conviction over the Peterporn sex videos.  Ariel has 7 days to file an appeal to the Supreme Court after receiving a copy of the Bandung High Court ruling.  Separately, the Constitution Court ruled that the creation of private sex videos is not illegal. Will this help Ariel in any appeal to the Supreme Court?

The Bandung High Court Rejected Ariel’s Appeal

Presiding Judge Sjam Amansjah said: “The decision of the Bandung District Court is considered correct and the high court reaffirms the verdict. Ariel will remain in prison.”  This written ruling was dated April 19.

Ariel was sentenced by the Bandung District Court to 42 months in prison plus a monetary fine for violating Indonesia’s strict 2008 Anti-Pornography Law over the Peterporn sex videos which shows him having sex with current girlfriend Luna Maya, and former girlfriend Cut Tari.  Ariel is currently behind bars at Kebonwaru Penitentiary in Bandung.

As to how the Bandung High Court reached its decision to dismiss Ariel’s appeal, Judge Sjam Amansjah said: “We considered the people’s opinion, especially the reactions of those who were present during the court proceedings.”

So who were these people who were present during court proceedings?  They were mostly Islamic hardliners who objected to the sentence as being too lenient for the crime of “ruining the country’s morals.”

Commenting on the verdict, Bandung District Court head Joko Siswanto said that Ariel can appeal to the Supreme Court within 7 days of receiving a copy of the high court ruling.  Joko Siswanto said: “If they don’t appeal within that time, then the high court’s decision becomes the final and binding decision.”

The Constitutional Court Ruling On Private Sex Videos

Lawyer Farhat Abbas previously filed for a judicial review by the Constitutional Court concerning the 2008 Anti-Pornography Law.  This controversial law bans people from producing pornographical material under Article 4 while Article 6 prohibits people from storing or broadcasting pornographical material.  But the supplementary explanations to this 2008 Anti-Pornography Law exclude materials “for personal use and interest.”  Farhat Abbas contends that these supplementary explanations contradict the true meaning of Article 4 and Article 6 of the 2008 Anti-Pornography Law.

Burhanuddin, lawyer for Farhat Abbas argued before the Constitutional Court, saying: “If pornography is for ‘personal use,’ the actor might be seen as a victim, when in fact pornography exists because of the actors themselves.”

The Constitutional Court has now made a ruling.  Constitutional Court chief Mahfud MD said: “The plaintiffs’ argument does not have a legal basis. We hereby thoroughly reject the plaintiffs’ request.”  With that, the Constitutional Court effectively ruled that the creation of private sex videos is not illegal.

Can The Constitutional Court Ruling Help Ariel?

Ariel’s last hope of getting an early release from jail is to appeal to the Supreme Court.  Can the basis of this appeal, if forthcoming, be this ruling by the Constitutional Court?  But it is not so simple.  Ariel had consistently denied that it was he in the Peterporn sex videos.  This effectively means that he did not create the Peterporn sex videos for private viewing.

The other complication is that Ariel was not convicted with creating the Peterporn sex videos, but with distributing, broadcasting, renting or providing pornographic videos.

Dara (Girl)

Earlier, Ariel got together with his former band, Peterpan, to release a new single entitled Dara (Girl).  Peterpan’s manager, Budi said: “The rumors of the band’s breakup have somehow fueled Ariel’s creativity. The single was originally a poem he wrote, but then the band members helped arrange the music scores. It is the wish of Ariel and the other band members to release a single today.”

Think About It

What does it mean when the Bandung High Court admits that its decision to reject Ariel’s appeal is based partly on “people’s opinion” and “reactions of those who were present during the court proceedings”?  Does the ruling by the Constitutional Court strengthens or dilutes the effectiveness of the 2008 Anti-Pornography Law?  How is it possible for Ariel to do a recording of a new single called Dara with his old pop band Peterpan when he is in jail?

Previous posts

Peterporn Sex Videos – More On Ariel’s Verdict
Peterporn Sex Videos – Ariel Found Guilty As Charged Even As Police Turn Attention To Luna Maya And Cut Tari
Peterporn Sex Videos – Luna Maya And Cut Tari Get A Reprieve

Ariel Back On Stage Singing For Police Cadets

Menghapus Jejakmu (Erasing Your Traces)

Have you ever wondered what’s happening to Nazril Irham aka Ariel, the former lead vocalist of the pop band Peterpan?  He was convicted and jailed over the Peterporn sex videos.  Last we heard, he has lodged an appeal but there has been no further news of that appeal.  Ariel is still in jail, but that doesn’t mean the end of his singing days.  In fact he was back on stage recently, this time performing in jail to a special audience.

The Appreciative Special Audience

The performance was for a special audience – 300 visiting police cadets.  Ariel appeared on stage sporting a shaved head, and he sang 3 songs, including one of Peterpan’s classic hits, Menghapus Jejakmu, which translates into English as Erasing Your Traces. 

The venue of the special performance was the Kebon Waru Penitentiary in Bandung, the prison where Ariel is currently held.  Although there were other performers on stage that day, Ariel proved to be an instant hit with the audience.  In fact, one female police cadet, probably a fan of Ariel, went on stage and sang a duet with him.

Ariel received a warm applause from the appreciative audience, many of whom also took to the floor to dance while he was singing.

Routine Program

Describing the visit as part of a routine program of the Police Academy, Sr. Comr. Imam Yadi Suhartono said: “This can give a new perspective for the cadets. They can observe and see the life in penitentiary for themselves. It will be important for them.”

About The Peterporn Sex Videos Case

In February this year, Ariel was convicted by the Bandung District Court of the offense of “giving other people the opportunity to spread, make and provide pornography” in relation to the Peterporn sex videos.  The court determined that the man in the three Peterporn sex videos shown having sex with two famous TV presenters, Cut Tari and Luna Maya, was indeed Ariel. 

Ariel was found guilty under the 2008 Anti-Pornography Law and the Criminal Code and sentenced to42 months in jail, plus a fine of Rp 250 million ($28,000).  The police case against Ariel’s girlfriend Luna May and his ex-girlfriend Cut Tari are on hold, pending the outcome of an appeal by Ariel against his conviction.  There have been no news of when the appeal will be heard.

Think About It

Did the police cadets really see for themselves the life in penitentiary?  Or did they see a performance?  Why should the prisoners perform for the police cadets?

Previous posts

Peterporn Sex Videos – Ariel Found Guilty As Charged Even As Police Turn Attention To Luna Maya And Cut Tari
Peterporn Sex Videos – More On Ariel’s Verdict
Peterporn Sex Videos – Luna Maya And Cut Tari Get A Reprieve

Good Grief! Here Comes Another Sex Video From Another Indonesia Lawmaker

Don’t They Ever Learn?

After Nazril Irham aka Ariel’s infamous Peterporn sex videos went viral on YouTube, one would have thought that others would be more careful with their own sex videos.  But since the Peterporn sex scandal, others have made the same mistake of not taking care of their own sex videos stored on their computers.  Within days of a sex video allegedly showing Muhammad Anis Matta having a sex romp with an unidentified woman, another lawmaker, Iwan Fajarudin, is now finding himself on the Internet having sex with a woman.

“It’s Not Me”

Ariel used it, and so did Luna Maya and initially, Cut Tari in relation to the Peterporn sex videos.  This “it’s not me” reaction is so easy to say.  Even today, both Ariel and Luna Maya still maintain their innocence, saying that they are victims of look-alikes.  Ariel is now in jail, while his appeal against conviction is pending. Cut Tari on the other hand finally did confess that “it’s me.”

“It’s Absolutely Not Me”

Earlier this week, someone calling himself Fahri_Israel posted a video via Twitter purportedly showing Muhammad Anis Matta, the secretary-general of the Prosperous Justice Party and concurrently Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives having sex with a woman.  And Muhammad Anis Matta reacted the same way as Ariel and Luna Maya, denying that he is the person shown on the sex video.  Muhammad Anis Matta said: “This is slander. It’s absolutely not me.”

“It’s Me But The Woman Is My Wife”

Then there are those like Cut Tari who, faced with irrefutable evidence, decided to admit guilt.  However, they add a twist which Cut Tari could not apply.  They simply said that the woman shown having sex with them in the sex videos are their wives. 

Within days of the sex video purportedly showing Muhammad Anis Matta having sex with a woman, another video is now making the Internet round.  This time it is a lawmaker from the National Mandate Party (PAN).  Iwan Fajarudin, lawmaker from Purworejo Legislative Council readily admitted that it was his video, but he claimed that the woman in the sex video is his own wife.

After meeting the chairman of the Purworejo Legislative Council, Iwan Fajarudin said: “I have been instructed to find who defamed me and leaked the video of my wife and I. I am still gathering information, but so far it seems that the person who leaked it is someone from the council.”

But how did his own sex video got leaked? Iwan Fajarudin thinks it was copied from his own laptop which he sold recently.  He said: “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.”  Unlike Muhammad Anis Matta, Iwan Fajarudin said he would be making a police report.

“She Is My Wife”

In May last year, prominent Lombok legislator Suhaili Fadli Tohir too admitted that he was the person shown on a YouTube video clip having sex with a woman in a hotel room.  And Suhaili Fadli Tohir said the woman involved is his wife.

Think About It

Why do men like to record on video their sexual acts with women?  If one were to ask why these men shoot their own sex videos, the answer inevitably would be that they did it for their own private viewing.  But having made those sex videos, why do they not take care to protect the security and privacy of those videos?  Why make it possible for someone else to gain access to these sex videos and to upload them onto cyberspace? 

Previous posts

Peterporn Sex Videos – Ariel Found Guilty As Charged Even As Police Turn Attention To Luna Maya And Cut Tari
Peterporn Sex Videos – More On Ariel’s Verdict
Indonesia – After Peterporn Now Comes The Purported Anis Matta Sex Video
Another Indonesian Sex Video On YouTube – And It’s Not Ariel

Peterporn Sex Videos – Now Luna Maya Goes On The Offensive

“Looking For Justice”

Luna Maya is not waiting for the National Police to arrest her over her involvement in the Peterporn sex videos.  She has now gone on the offensive, taking her case to the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM).  And what is the reason for Luna Maya to take such an approach?  Because she felt victimized by the justice system.  Luna Maya said of her meeting with members of the National Commission on Human Rights:  “I am looking for justice here.”

“Unfairness”

Luna Maya has managed to gather a number of women’s rights activists who agree with her that the 2008 Anti-Pornography Law actually criminalized victims.  Referring to her boyfriend, Nazril Irham aka Ariel, former lead vocalist from the pop band Peterpan, who was convicted of the crime of ”giving other people the opportunity to spread, make and provide pornography”, Luna Maya said: “I am looking for justice here because what Ariel and I have experienced so far is unfairness.”

But what is the “unfairness” of this trial?  Luna Maya explains: “The perpetrator has only been sentenced to two years in jail while Ariel will have to serve three and a half years. What is the basis of all this? Is it because of public pressure? Please, I just want a fair trial.”

Luna Maya was referring to Peterpan’s former music editor, Reza “Redjoy” Rizaldy whom the prosecutor said had confessed to his crime and shown remorse.  Ariel on the other hand did not admit his crime, and shown no remorse.  The presiding judge, Singgih Budi Prakoso, also said Ariel’s celebrity status was considered in the sentencing: “He has a lot of fans, mostly teenagers, who we fear might imitate his crime.”  Both Ariel and Reza “Redjoy” Rizaldy were each fined Rp 250 million ($28,000) in addition to the jail term.

But why seek justice at the National Commission on Human Rights instead of waiting for Ariel’s appeal to take its course?  Luna Maya said: ““Where else should we go with this case?”  This seems to indicate her lack of confidence in the justice system in Indonesia. She was accompanied by her lawyer, Taufik Basari.

“Ariel’s Case Had Highlighted The Weaknesses Of The Anti-Pornography Law”

Yeni Rosa, spokeswoman for the Women’s and Human Rights Activists Network for Justice said: “We are all against pornography. But Luna, Ariel, and Cut Tari are the victims.”  The Women’s and Human Rights Activists Network for Justice comprises a network of 15 women’s rights group.  Yeni Rosa went on to say that Ariel’s case shows the weaknesses of the 2008 Anti-Pornography Law in that the victims ended up being criminalized.

Agreeing, lawyer Sri Nurherwati cited the case of 4 girls who were tricked into working as striptease dancers in a pub in Bandung.  They were arrested and detained for 5 months last year, although they were victims of human trafficking.  Sri Nurherwati said: “These were poor girls looking to work to help their parents but ended up being deceived by criminals who promised them jobs. In the end they became the target of this law.”

Citing another case, Sri Nurherwati said that in Karang Anyar, Central Java, a man recorded a sex scene with his girlfriend.  The girl did not know that her boyfriend had made public that video, but she was detained by police.

Summing up, Sri Nurherwati said concerning the 2008 Anti-Pornography Law:  “This law takes a heavy toll on the victims. It does not help control or prevent pornography, just violates human rights.”  Concluding Sri Nurherwati said: “If your cellphone is stolen and private pictures are spread, the person who spreads the pictures needs to be arrested, not you.”

Think About It

Is Luna Maya right in saying that the sentence passed on Ariel is “because of public pressure” and is therefore unfair?  What exactly is Luna Maya saying?  That, to be fair, Ariel’s jail term should be shorter than  Reza “Redjoy” Rizaldy?  If this is her complaint, then is Luna Maya agreeing with the judges that it was indeed Ariel in the Peterporn sex videos?  What does Luna Maya hope to achieve at the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM)?  Is Luna Maya now saying that not only is the sentence passed on Ariel unfair, but that the 2008 Anti-Pornography Law itself is also unfair?  Ariel and Luna Maya have repeatedly denied being involved in the Peterporn sex videos.  Yet they also claimed to be victims.  In the cases cited by lawyer Sri Nurherwati, the victims did not deny that they were participants in the various acts for which they were arrested.  They were truly victims.  But Ariel and Luna Maya have denied their roles in the Peterporn sex videos.  Can they then be considered victims of the 2008 Anti-Pornography Law?  To be called victims, both Ariel and Luna Maya have to admit their participation in the Peterporn sex videos.  Will they?  This is what Cut Tari did.  And by her admission, Cut Tari is indeed a victim as per the case cited by Sri Nurherwati concerning the case in Karang Anyar, Central Java.

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Peterporn Sex Videos – Luna Maya And Cut Tari Get A Reprieve

Ariel Lodged An Appeal

If you think that the Peterporn sex videos scandal is all over following the conviction of Nazril Irham aka Ariel, former lead vocalist of pop band Peterpan, well it’s not quite so.  Ariel has lodge an appeal against his conviction, and with that, the police case against Luna Maya and Cut Tari grinds to a halt.

Temporary Reprieve

When Ariel was convicted of the crime of  ”giving other people the opportunity to spread, make and provide pornography” in relation to the Peterporn sex videos, National Police spokesman Insp Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam said that the next step would be for police to pursue the conviction of Luna Maya and Cut Tari.  He said then: “What they did is related with Ariel. The investigators will definitely make a move since Ariel was found guilty today.”

Following the appeal by Ariel, Ketut Untung Yoga, the National Police deputy spokesman said: “Cut Tari and Luna Maya are allegedly involved with Ariel [in making porn videos]. Since Ariel has lodged an appeal, we have to wait for this process to finish before completing their dossiers, as requested by the prosecutor.”

With that statement, Cut Tari and Luna Maya have received a temporary reprieve.

Ariel was sentenced to 42 months in prison plus a fine of Rp 250 million.

Other Related Cases

While the cases against Cut Tari and Luna Maya have stopped, those against others related to the Peterporn sex videos scandal are continuing in separate courts.

Giving an update, Ketut Untung Yoga said that 2 suspects who were charged with distributing Ariel’s Peterporn sex videos on the Internet are facing trials at a district court in East Jakarta.  And more are being prosecuted.  Ketut Untung Yoga said: “We also trying to complete Angga, Diki and Rudi’s dossiers, as well as those of others suspected of distributing the videos, soon.”

Already Peterpan’s music editor Reza “Redjoy” Rizaldy was convicted and sentenced to 2 years in prison and Rp 250 million fine for facilitating the uploading of the Peterporn sex videos onto cyberspace.

Think About It

Why did Ariel shoot videos of his sexual encounters with celebrities Luna Maya and Cut Tari?  If this had not taken place, the whole Peterporn sex videos scandal would not have happened.  So why did he do it?  And having done so, why didn’t Ariel secure those pornographic pictures/videos?  And having been exposed, why didn’t Ariel simply apologize?  After all, Cut Tari did apologize.  But not Luna Maya.  Can Ariel succeed in getting his conviction overturned at the appeal?