Nazril “Ariel” Irham was found guilty on Monday of distributing pornographic materials on the Internet and sentenced to 3.5 years in jail.
The sentence, which includes a Rp 250 million fine ($28,000), is 1.5 years lower than the prosecution demand of five years.
Ariel has been behind bars since he surrendered himself to police on June 22 amid a media circus over explicit videos that allegedly show him having sex, on separate occasions, with television celebrities Luna Maya, his current girlfriend, and Cut Tari, a former girlfriend.
Before the hearing started, Ariel arrived at the Bandung District Court to jeers from about 1,000 demonstrators from the Alliance of Islamic Movements, who threw rotten eggs and tomatoes at the pop singer.
“We’ve been guarding the court hearing from start to finish. This is the moment for upholding the law in this country, If Ariel Peterpan, the sex video perpetrator is freed, we will take action,” the rally orator shouted in front of the court building.
The Bandung Police Headquarters deployed one thousand officers to secure the hearing which is open for public. The court room, on the building’s second floor, was jam packed with Peterpan’s fans, Ariel’s friends, demonstrators and journalists.
His girlfriend, actress Luna Maya, attended the hearing accompanied by a group of Indonesian artists including legendary singer and song writer Titiek Puspa, rock star Achmad Albar and musician Melly Goeslaw. Luna gave her boyfriend a long embrace before he was escorted into the court room.
Speaking to the reporters ahead of the hearing, Ariel said he hoped the judge would acquit him.
“I want to be free, I hope so much that I will be acquitted,” he said. None of his family members was present at the court.
“My family supports me with prayers but it’s better for them not to be here. I’m afraid for their safety. You saw how the situation in front of the court,” Ariel said.
Ariel’s lawyer OC Kaligis also voiced his optimism for his client’s freedom. However, he said he was worried about the security if Ariel was acquitted.
“If he is acquitted, I’m afraid the demonstrators would set the court on fire,” OC said.