Indonesian pop star jailed for distributing sex videos

Following Indonesia’s strict pornography law that came into effect in 2008, south-east Asia’s best know pop star was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for making and distributing sex videos on the internet.

The tapes of Nazil 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 the pornography law.

Ariel was found guilty of “giving an opportunity for others to spread, produce and prepare a pornographic video.” During the ruling, the Judge said that as a public figure, Ariel should be aware that fans might imitate his behaviour and did nothing to prevent the wide distribution of videos.

The Asian had made three sex videos featuring him and separately two other female celebrities. But Ariel denied distributing the videos, saying they had been stolen.

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