Luna Maya and Cut Tari Sex Tape Charges May be Dropped: Police

By webadmin on 11:46 am Jul 26, 2012
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Rangga Prakoso

More than two years after Indonesian pop star Nazril “Ariel” Irham’s arrest — and subsequently jailing — over a leaked sex tape, the National Police may drop their investigation into the video’s other alleged stars, celebrities Luna Maya and Cut Tari.

Under Indonesia’s controversial anti-pornography laws it is illegal to produce, distribute or possess pornographic materials. But investigators have struggled to find evidence implicating Tari and Luna in anything more than appearing in the video.

Both women were named as suspects — meaning that Tari and Luna were charged with distributing pornography. But neither of them has been detained since, according to police, the video was personal property that was spread on the Internet by a third party.

“[We will consider] whether these actresses should be charged under the Electronic Information and Transaction Law or Porn Law,” National Police chief of detective Comr. Gen. Sutarman said.

The Attorney General have handed the case back to the National Police, citing a lack of evidence. Investigators have now been tasked with compiling additional evidence against the two women. If they are unable to link the two to the video’s distribution, the case will likely be dropped.

“If the dossier is again returned [from the prosecutor] and we can not complete it, it means there is a lack of evidence,” Sutarman said. “In that case, it could be [terminated] for the sake of legal certainty.”

Luna has denied starring the video. Tari issued a formal apology for the sex tape.

Ariel was arrested in June of 2010 and was found guilty of distributing pornography in January of 2011, despite the prosecutions failed attempts to prove that he was the one who posted the video online. Ariel was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and was fined Rp 250 million ($26,000). He was released on July 23 after spending a little more than two years in prison.