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Jakarta Post

Blame game starts over misuse of law in Prita Mulyasari case

  • Andra Wisnu and Eny Wulandari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 5 2009   /  01:39 pm

Facing six years in prison and Rp 1 billion (US$99,000) in fines, Prita Mulyasari, a middle-income housewife, finds herself buoyed by massive public support, while her legal opponents find themselves struggling to explain why they had to punish her so severely. Questioned are being raised over whether the police and prosecutors were right to use the Information and Electronic Transaction (ITE) law, passed last year, in charging Prita, who was sued by Omni International Hospital for defamation after she complained about the hospital's service in an online mailing list. The public outcry generated during her detention has cornered both the police and prosecutors in an uncomfortable position. The police, in this case, are pointing the finger squarely at the prosecutors. "The police acted on prosecutors' directions," National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Abuba...