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Prita’s acquittal called consumer victory

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 19 2012   /  08:27 am

JAKARTA: A recent Supreme Court ruling acquitting Prita Mulyasari, the mother convicted of libeling a Tangerang hospital, shows that Indonesian consumers have rights, a lawyer says.

“The verdict implies that a consumer’s rights to express opinions might be better protected in the future,” Prita’s lawyer, Slamet Yuwono, told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

Prita’s case enraged the nation when Omni International Hospital filed civil and criminal lawsuits against her for sending an email complaining about service at the hospital to her associates.

The Tangerang Prosecutor’s Office threw the book at Prita, charging her under the Law on Information and Electronic Transactions with offenses that carried a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment.

In 2009, the Tangerang District Court ruled in favor of the hospital in a civil suit, requiring Prita to p...