Indonesians threaten Playboy trial

Dozens demand to be let in after chief editor's trial is closed to public.

    Arnada is accused of profiting from the sale of indecent pictures to the public [Reuters]

    Playboy protests


    When the toned-down version of Playboy Indonesia launched in April - containing no nudity – some Muslims protested against what they called the arrival of the global icon of pornography.

     

    On Thursday, about 30 people protested outside the court and tried to force their way into the courtroom before officials intervened.

     

    They accused the presiding judge of being biased towards Playboy, which they said had "destroyed the morals of the nation".

     

    Arnada told reporters that the protesters were entitled to demonstrate, but "I also ask that they respect this legal process".

     

    Pornographic films on video, though illegal, also are sold quite openly at stores across the country and some magazines are more sexually graphic than Playboy.

     

    At earlier hearings, prosecutors told the South Jakarta district court that Arnada oversaw photo-shoots and selected pictures of models in underwear.

     

    Indonesia is secular, but also has the largest Muslim population - 190 million - in the world.

     

    Some Muslims have been pushing hard to impose strict Islamic law there.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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