Indonesian celebrity Luna Maya welcomes court decision, hopeful for Ariel

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Jakarta (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Indonesian entertainer Luna Maya, who was swept up in a celebrity sex video scandal with boyfriend Nazriel Irham last year, has welcomed a Constitutional Court ruling regarding pornography and individual privacy.

But the 27-year-old is upset the decision on Tuesday regarding two articles in the 2008 Anti-Pornography Law on the private filming and/or possession of pornography came only a day after the 3.5-year prison sentence of the singer, who is known as Ariel, was upheld by the Bandung High Court.

"It's good and it proves that we cannot be prosecuted, because what's private is private," Luna told The Jakarta Post.

"But the decision really should have come before the appeal court's decision was made, so Ariel could have immediately walked free. I really wish that the Constitutional Court had been firm on this issue from the outset of the case."

Ariel, the lead singer of the group Peterpan, was convicted of making two videos, one with Luna and the other with TV presenter Cut Tari, in the scandal that became known as Peterporn. The videos were allegedly appropriated and uploaded to the Internet without the singer's knowledge. He also was fined 250 million rupiah (US$29,145).

The Constitutional Court turned down a request to review the 2008 Anti-Pornography Law lodged by lawyer Farhat Abbas in mid-2010, the Post reported Tuesday, quoting tribunnews.com.

"The court found that the law is Constitutional," presiding judge Mahfud MD said in the hearing on Tuesday.

Farhat had requested that the court review explanations of several articles in the Porn Law.

Articles 4 and 6 of the law ban production, storage and broadcasting of pornographic material, but subsidiary explanations exclude porn stored for personal use and interest as criminal.

Luna, one of the highest-paid and most popular entertainers in the country before the scandal, made a return to the public eye at the end of 2010. She said she was hopeful if an appeal is made to the Supreme Court on Ariel's sentencing that a decision will be "wiser and fairer".

She added that Ariel was accepting of the situation.

"Of course Ariel is relieved by the Constitutional Court decision but disappointed by the high court ruling. But he is relaxed about things. He takes everything in stride."

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