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Yusniar walks out of prison, meets family

  • Andi Hajramurni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 24, 2016   /  09:12 pm
Yusniar walks out of prison, meets family Yusniar, a defendant in a defamation case concerning a Facebook status, kisses the ground on Nov. 24 after the Makassar District Court in South Sulawesi suspended her detention and put her under city arrest. (JP/Andi Hajramurni)

After a month in detention, Yusniar, 27, walked out of prison Thursday after a court agreed to put her under city arrest while her trial for alleged defamation on Facebook resumes.

Her family was waiting outside to welcome her and Yusniar hugged her father Baharuddin, her husband Jamal and her sister while crying. She knelt down and kissed the earth in the yard of Makassar detention center.

The Makassar District Court suspended her detention on Wednesday. The panel of judges cited reasons such as the fact that Yusniar was a low-income housewife who needed to work to support her family and that she had been cooperative while attending hearings.

Besides her family, a crowd supporting her, calling themselves the Coalition Caring for Democracy (Kopidemo), also welcomed her release.

“I’m grateful that I can be together with my family again and I can help my family make a living from our shop,” Yusniar said.

She also thanked the people who had supported her.

Yusniar (right), a defendant in a defamation case related to a Facebook status she posted, hugs her family on Nov. 24 after the Makassar District Court suspended her detention.(JP/Andi Hajramurni)

Yusniar has been charged with violating the 2008 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law and the Criminal Code (KUHP) on defamation, which carry a maximum penalty of six years in prison. (evi)

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