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‘I was set up’: Anand Krishna

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 8 2011   /  05:00 am

The defendant in a sexual assault trial, spiritual guru Anand Krishna, alleged that the whole court proceedings were a shame aimed at bringing him down.

In a press briefing held soon after delivering his defense statement at the South Jakarta District Court, Anand said the court case had been cooked up by powerful people aimed at “destroying my good reputation”.

Prosecutors in the case have sought a prison term of 2.5 years, which Anand considers unfair as the prosecution against him is not supported by strong evidence.

One of the prosecutors, Martha Berliana Tobing, maintained that Anand had violated Criminal Code articles 294 and 290 on sexual harrasment and demanded 2.5 years’ imprisonment.

One of Anand’s disciples, Tara Pradipta Laksmi, filed a complaint of alleged sexual harassment against Anand in February last year.

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