The House of Representatives Ethics Council on Tuesday decided to report the sex tape allegedly involving two House lawmakers to the National Police.
“Karolin denied it, so the Ethics Council will send a letter to the National Police to start an investigation on the video’s distribution,” the head of the council, M. Prakosa, said on Tuesday at the House building.
Karolin Margret Natasha, a lawmaker from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the daughter of West Kalimantan’s governor, allegedly appears in a sex tape that was posted and circulated widely online in April. On Monday, she told journalists that she was not the woman featured in the video, saying the tape was fabricated for political purposes.
“We asked her whether the figure in the video is Karolin, and Karolin said ‘not me’ — she denied that it was her in the video,” Prakosa said.
The Jakarta Police had previously claimed to also be investigating the case, with the tape and its distribution potentially violating both the Law on Pornography and the Law on Information and Electronic Transactions.
Prakosa, who is also from the PDI-P, said the Ethics Council asked two information technology experts to analyze the video, but they were unable to verify the authenticity of the video, nor identify the individuals who appear in it.
He said that since the National Police have a digital forensics laboratory, the council would submit it to them and await their findings.