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View Point: When prosecution becomes persecution

  • Julia Suryakusuma

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 21 2011   /  09:46 am

First we had Ariel “Peterporn”, then something even better. Yep, “politico-porn”, courtesy of Arifinto, former member of the House of Representatives (DPR).

Huh! Some representation!

Arifinto was the latest person to be involved in a spate of alleged corruption and sex scandals involving Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) lawmakers. His case ended with vows of repentance and his resignation on 12 April 2011, one day after he was caught watching porn on a tablet under a table in the DPR.

Everyone knows sex scandals often lead to the downfall of politicians or public figures. Arifinto’s fall was all his own work, but sometimes these scandals can be manufactured to bring prominent people down. It’s an old trick, but a very effective one.

And that’s what seems to be happening to Anand Krishna. A renowned spiritual leader, head of the Anand Ashram and...