Still Mere Foreplay in Police Probe of Alleged Lawmaker Sex Tape
The National Police have not started an investigation into the sex tape
spread online that allegedly featured Indonesian Democratic Party of
Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker Karolin Margret Natasha.
“I haven’t received [the House of Representatives Ethics Council’s]
letter about it on my table,” National Police special crimes unit chief
Brig. Gen. Arief Sulistyanto said on Wednesday.
The head of the Ethics Council, M. Prakosa, last month said the council
had decided to send a letter to the National Police requesting that they
open an investigation into the video’s distribution, reports of which
first emerged on April 24.
Karolin, who is the daughter of West Kalimantan’s governor, has denied
allegations that she co-stars in the tape. She claims the widely
circulated video was fabricated and released for political purposes.
Prakosa said he had asked two information technology experts to analyze
the footage, but they were unable to verify the authenticity of the
video, nor identify the individuals who appear in it. He said on June 12
that since the National Police have a digital forensics laboratory, the
council would submit it to them and await their findings.
If Karolin is proven guilty, she could be charged under the 2008
Anti-Pornography Law. According to Chapter 29 of the law, anyone who
produces, makes, disseminates, broadcasts, imports, exports, offers,
sells or rents pornography can face a minimum six months or maximum
12-year prison term, with fines ranging from Rp 250 million ($27,000) to
Rp 6 billion.
Indonesian singer Nazriel “Ariel” Irham was convicted under this article
and sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail. Less than three weeks
transpired between the time of the Ariel video’s release and his arrest.
He is scheduled for early release on July 23, having served two-thirds of that sentence.