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#35240 - 01 Nov 06 05:03 ANT/Cat gets Indonesian protester's tongue
KuKuKaChu Moderator Offline
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Cat gets Indonesian protester's tongue

Jakarta (Antara News) - An Indonesian university student got almost four months in jail for calling the president and his deputy "cat excrement," a court clerk said Tuesday.

Fahrur Rohman, 19, was found guilty of publicly insulting President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vice President Jusuf Kalla and handed a sentence of three months and 23 days on Monday, a clerk at the South Jakarta court was quoted by AFP as saying.

Rohman made the insults during a June protest to demand that former president Suharto face trial for corruption. He was immediately freed as he had been detained since then.

During the trial, the court was told that the defendant repeatedly called the pair "scoundrels," "dogs" and "cat excrement" and helped distribute posters emblazoned with their defaced portraits.

The charges were brought by police and not Yudhoyono or Kalla. They were based on a law passed by former colonial master the Netherlands that is rarely used. (*)
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#35245 - 01 Nov 06 05:17 Re: ANT/Cat gets Indonesian protester's tongue [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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Do you think I can say what I think of the president on JakChat without going in court?
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#35258 - 01 Nov 06 06:03 Re: ANT/Cat gets Indonesian protester's tongue [Re: Orang Kanada]
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One of the most fundamental human rights is the right to free speech and expression. Ironically, Indonesia, one of the worst rights abusers in the world has endorsed, ratified and supposedly implemented into law the UN Human Rights Charter. AND Indonesia is currently the chair of the UN Rights Commission.... GO FRIGGIN' FIGURE????!!!!

Another tragic irony is that the law they used yesterday (this is 2006) to convict that kid is the exact same law imposed by the Dutch Colonial Government here over 200 years ago to prevent Indonesian people from speaking ill of their Dutch Masters!!
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#35268 - 01 Nov 06 06:46 Re: ANT/Cat gets Indonesian protester's tongue [Re: Orang Kanada]
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Quoting: Orang Kanada
Do you think I can say what I think of the president on Jakchat without going in court?

hmmmm. not sure. give it a try, and see what happens.
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