Feeds

Indonesian smut vid star's arse hauled into court

Entire body facing 12 years' jail on porn rap

Security for virtualized datacentres

The trial of Indonesian pop star Nazril "Ariel" Irham has got off to a lively start in Bandung as 500 fans gathered outside the courtroom to support their idol. Irham faces charges of breaching the country's anti-pornography laws.

The pop star, who has been in custody since June, faces a possible 12 years in jail if convicted, the BBC reports.

The 29-year-old celebrity is accused of participating in two homemade porn videos. The offending material - featuring his TV presenter girlfriend Luna Maya and soap actress Cut Tari* - quickly became an net sensation in his predominantly Muslim native land.

The scandal has provided Islamic hardliners with an opportunity to call for tighter control of the internet.

When Irham's romps first hit the interwebs, Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, of the Muslim-based Prosperous Justice Party, saw an opportunity to clamp down on access to "morally suspect" sites.

He said: "We want to minimise the negative impact from the internet as it will destroy this nation."

Irham was accompanied to court by grumble flick co-star Maya. Neither she nor Tari have been charged for their part in the outrage, and all three have denied performing for the cameras in the first place.

Quite how the trial pans out remains to be seen. Back in 2006, the first Indonesian edition of Playboy caused a bit of a rumpus among the country's Muslim population for showcasing Playmate Kartika Gunawan in her underwear.

Gunawan and editor-in-chief Erwin Arnada were cuffed on a charge of decency violation, although a Jakarta judge subsequently ruled that Gunawan's lingerie shoot was not pornography.

Since then, however, Indonesia has brought into force a "stringent" anti-pornography law, "enacted in 2008 after considerable debate", the BBC explains.®

Boonote

* Not in the same video, we're relieved to report.

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer
And, um, don't sleep with other men. If that's what worries you
Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth
They're insured for $1m, before you thirsty folks make plans
Now: The REAL APPLE NEWS you need to know
OMG! Gravity's totes amazeballs. Calm down, George Clooney, not your film
Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING
Alpine chamois being squashed by global warming
Let's make an app that POSTS your POO to APPLE HQ
Plus: It's OPEN WARFARE in the Linux greybeard world
Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries
And hipsters are finally defined as self-loathing. Sort of
Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet
Her Maj opens 'Information Age' at the Science Museum
Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness 'is a gift from GOD'
'I have benefited from the sacrifice of others'
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.