Victims demand travel ban for Anand Krishna
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Lawyers representing the victims of spiritual guru Anand Krishna said on Tuesday that they would be urging the city prosecutor’s office and the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s immigration office to impose a travel ban on Anand.
The spiritualist and author was sentenced to 2.5 years in jail by the Supreme Court earlier this month, overturning South Jakarta District Court’s not-guilty verdict over sexual abuse charges, lodged by one of his former disciples.
“Anand is currently in Bali. His victims are afraid he might flee abroad following the Supreme Court’s sentence. We will send a formal letter to the prosecutor’s and immigration offices immediately,” lawyer Theresia Purba told reporters at Jakarta Police headquarters.
Anand was found guilty of violating Criminal Code Articles 290 and 294 on sexual harassment. He was convicted for making sexual advances toward Tara Pradipta Laksmi, one of his followers, in 2009.
Tara filed her accusation with police in February 2010, with Anand’s first trial taking place six months later.