Indonesian pop star sentenced to over 3 years in prison for sex tapes scandal

JAKARTA, INDONESIA: Indonesian pop star Nasriel Irham on Monday was sentenced to over 3 years in prison for distributing two homemade sex tapes on various websites.

According to the Jakarta Globe newspaper, Irham was found guilty of distributing pornographic materials on the Internet. He has been under custody since he surrendered himself to authorities in June 2010.

Irham, 29, who is also known as Ariel, was charged under Indonesia's 2008 Anti-Pornography Law for two separate homemade sex tapes involving his current girlfriend, TV presenter Luna Maya, 27 and actress Cut Tari, 33, known for her roles in Indonesian soap operas.

Approximately 1,000 demonstrators from the Alliance of Islamic Movements gathered outside the Bandung District Court and threw rotten eggs and tomatoes at the pop singer as he arrived.

The Bandung Police Headquarters deployed one thousand officers to secure the hearing. TV celebrity Luna Maya was in attendance as well as a group of Indonesian artists including legendary singer and song writer Titiek Puspa, rock star Achmad Albar and musician Melly Goeslaw.

The pop star was found guilty and sentenced to 42 months of imprisonment (3.5 years). The prosecution demanded a sentence of 5 years. In addition Irham, was ordered to pay a $28,000 fine.

Irham, frontman for Indonesian music group "Peterpan," has been dubbed by various media outlets as "Peterporn," as the scandal has stirred Indonesians nationwide.


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