Possible Jail Term for ‘Illegal’ Cowboys Filmmaker: Police
The Bali Times
The maker of the controversial documentary Cowboys in Paradise, portraying local men hooking up with foreign women on Kuta Beach, may be prosecuted and face up to a year in prison, Bali Police have said.
“After we checked, we discovered that the maker of the film did not have permission to shoot (in Bali),” police spokesman Gde Sugianyar told reporters late on Wednesday.
He said the film was therefore “illegal” under Law No. 8 1992 on Filming.
Authorities earlier this week rounded up 28 suspected hustlers on Kuta Beach, Bali’s most popular and internationally known stretch of sand.
The maker of the low-budget production shot using handycams, Amit Virmani, resides in Singapore.
The city-state does not have a working extradition treaty with Indonesia due to hold-ups in ratifying a 1997 accord at parliament in Jakarta.
Under Indonesian law, if tried and found guilty, Virmani could also be fined Rp40 million (US$4,420).
Bali Police said they were coordinating with the Indonesian Immigration Department in advancing their investigation.Filed under: Arts & Entertainment