Police to Protect ‘Sex Clip’ Stars from Islamists
Police are to detain two television starlets who allegedly appear in sex videos posted online, after furious Islamic extremists threatened to do it themselves.
Rather than promising to defend the stars’ homes or arrest the radical extremists making the threats, police said they would detain Luna Maya, 29, and Cut Tari, 32, for their own protection.
“The reason is not simply to arrest them but to protect them from mass organisations that are furious,” chief detective Ito Sumardi told reporters on Wednesday.
The women — models and television presenters — allegedly appear in separate homemade sex videos with rock singer Nazril Ariel, 28.
Ariel surrendered to police on Tuesday, facing up to 12 years in jail for alleged breaches of the 2008 anti-pornography law. He denies uploading the clips to the Internet.
The clips have been widely shared among the country’s 40 million internet users, stirring a raging debate about web freedoms and fuelling calls for tighter controls on information technology.
The controversy took an ugly turn on Tuesday when about 1,000 Islamist extremists rallied in central Jakarta to demand the stars be publicly caned or stoned to death for adultery.
And on Wednesday the Islamic Defenders Front — a vigilante group known for its unprovoked armed assaults on liberals, transexuals and nightclubs — threatened to attack Maya and Tari unless they were arrested within three days.
“If police fail to arrest them, we will locate their houses and drag them to the police headquarters for detention,” group chairman Habib Salim bin Umar Alatas said, adding that hundreds of militants were standing by.
“Their acts have insulted Islam and will have a bad impact on the morality of our young generations,” he added.Filed under: Headlines