Tue, 12 Apr 2011 05:36:55 GMT

Indonesian lawmaker caught watching porn resigns

Jakarta: An Indonesian lawmaker who helped pass a tough anti-pornography law resigned Monday after he got caught watching sexually explicit videos on his computer during a parliamentary debate.


Indonesian lawmaker caught watching porn resigns

Indonesian parliament member from Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) Arifinto speaks to the media during a press conference announcing his resignation in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, April 11, 2011. The conservative lawmaker who helped pass a controversial anti-pornography law resigned Monday after he was caught watching explicit videos on his computer during a parliamentary session. AP

They have pushed through several controversial laws -- including the pornography law. Supporters say the law is needed to keep the country from sliding into moral decline, while critics say it's vaguely worded and the penalties too harsh.

The law calls for prison terms of up to 15 years and fines for everything from kissing in public and exposure of a woman's "sensual" body parts to displaying "erotic" artworks.

Broadcasting, possessing and storing pornographic material also is prohibited.
Arifinto, who oversees a parliamentary commission dealing with transportation, telecommunications and rural development, was an outspoken supporter of the law.

He was caught watching the video clip for several minutes as fellow legislators debated plans to build a new parliament building.

National Police spokesman, Boy Rafli Amar, said Monday authorities were still trying to determine if Arifinto broke the anti-pornography law and what steps to take next.

"We need to be cautious," he said. "We need to make sure we're not violating any privacy laws."

The anti-porn law was used in January to sentence Nazril "Ariel" Irham, lead singer of the country's most popular band Peterpan, to 3 1/2 years in jail after two homemade sex tapes found their way to the Internet.

Last year, the editor in chief of Playboy Indonesia was given two years behind bars.

Source: Associated Press

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