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Sexual harassment victim ordered to start prison sentence next week

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 16, 2018   /   06:15 pm
Sexual harassment victim ordered to start prison sentence next week Baiq Nuril Makmun (Kompas.com/-)

Baiq Nuril Makmun, a sexual harassment victim who was sentenced to prison for defamation, has been told by prosecutors that she must start serving her prison sentence, a watchdog has revealed.

The 37-year-old woman from Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara, was sentenced to six months in prison and fined Rp 500 million (US$33,749) after the Supreme Court found her guilty of defaming her alleged harasser, the principal of the school where she worked. The judges believed that she had circulated a recording of a reportedly sordid phone call between the two of them, overturning a lower court's not guilty verdict.

The Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) reports that prosecutors have demanded that Nuril start serving her prison time on Wednesday.

Although prosecutors claimed that they had received the copy of the verdict on Monday, Nuril’s lawyers said they had not received a copy up until the time of writing.

According to Article 270 of the Criminal Code the court decision can only be executed after a copy of the verdict has been received by the prosecutors.

Nuril and her lawyers are preparing a case review to challenge the verdict, maintaining that she did nothing wrong. She only taped the phone call, but did not distribute the recording, they claimed.

Her principal allegedly called her often and shared stories of his affairs with another woman. In several conversations, he reportedly asked to meet her in a hotel room for a tryst. (swd)