Spritual Guru Anand Krishna Finally Arrested

By webadmin on 05:41 pm Feb 16, 2013
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The South Jakarta Prosecutors Office have finally arrested spiritual guru Anand Krishna, after the convicted sexual harasser refused to turn himself in to authorities three times to serve his two-and-a-half-year jail term sentenced by the Supreme Court last August.

Setia Untung Arimuladi, the Attorney General’s Office spokesman, said on Saturday that Anand, who was arrested in his house in Ubud, Bali, would be taken by the executors to the Cipinang Penitentiary in East Jakarta.

Setia said that when the team from the prosecutors officer and 50 police officers from Bali went to arrest Anand, his followers from the “Anand Ashram Lovers Community” tried to prevent them from taking him.

“Inside [his house], around 50 followers from the Anand Ashram Lovers Community led by Anand’s son Prashant had been waiting,” Setia said. “There were arguments because they did not want him [Anand] to be taken.”

Police officers from Bali managed to take him to their station after a religious leader from Ubud mediated the conflict.

“So, he was taken to Jakarta from Ngurah Rai International Airport [Bali],” Setia said. “He’s on the way.”

The South Jakarta District Court acquitted Anand in November 2011 of his sexual harassment charges, but the Supreme Court overturned the decision last August, handing him a two-and-a-half-year jail term as he was proven guilty of sexually harassing three of his students.

The charges were a major blow to the self-styled guru, who for 17 years had spread spiritual messages about health and education to millions of Indonesians through his radio and TV shows, books and workshops held at his meditation centers in Jakarta, Bogor, Yogyakarta and Bali.