Police Say Ariel, Luna Being Uncooperative in Sex Video Investigation

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Police investigating the celebrity sex video scandal said on Thursday that pop star Nazriel “Ariel” Irham and his actress girlfriend, Luna Maya, had refused to be photographed — possibly in the nude — for forensic purposes, although TV presenter Cut Tari had been more cooperative.

“Ariel and Luna have been very uncooperative,” a police doctor involved in the investigation told the Jakarta Globe. “They gave a bunch of excuses for refusing our request, so we didn’t push them.”

Police say they need to photograph the three to positively identify the people in the three videos that have caused a nationwide sensation since they first appeared on the Internet almost a month ago.

“We’re almost certain the people in two of the videos are Ariel and Luna, but we need to be able to prove it,” said the doctor, who asked not to be named. “Unfortunately, they refuse to play ball.”

He did not elaborate on whether the forensic photography would require the celebrities to be naked.

Ariel has been named a suspect in the case under the Anti-Pornography Law and an article on public indecency in the Criminal Code.

Meanwhile, Tari, the third person implicated in the case, has cooperated with police and allowed them to take her picture, the doctor said.

“She has been very helpful, and this will help speed up the investigation into the case,” he said. “We crosschecked the pictures with the video and found 32 features of interest that match up. We are a thousand percent convinced it is Cut Tari in the video, no doubt.”

The doctor said the features of interest included the lips, nose, chin, jaw and eyes. “You can’t deny the scientific proof, but she keeps trying,” he added.

National Police chief of detectives Comr. Gen. Ito Sumardi previously said that Luna and Tari would soon be named suspects and arrested.

Meanwhile, a group of celebrities visited Ariel at the National Police’s detention center in South Jakarta on Thursday. They included musicians Ahmad Dhani, Mulan Jameela, Yovie Widianto, Camelia Malik and Titiek Puspa.

Otto Cornelius Kaligis, Ariel’s lawyer, said the visit was a show of support for the Peterpan frontman, and not meant to influence a planned motion for his release.

Yovie said the visit should not be construed as condoning Ariel’s alleged offense.

“Ariel’s one of my best friends,” he said. “This visit has nothing to do with supporting what he may or may not have done.”

Dangdut singer Camelia said that Ariel was looking gaunt and that he had not said much during their visit, only asking that they pray for him.