Indonesia Jails Sex Tape Pop Star
Home-made videos fall foul of anti-porn law
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2011 12:40 AM CST
Indonesian singer Nazril "Ariel" Irham of the group Peterpan smokes a cigarette inside a holding cell prior to the start of his trial at a district court in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.   (AP Photo/Kusumadireza)
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(Newser) – One of Indonesia's best-known pop stars has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in jail for appearing in home-made sex tapes. Nazril "Ariel" Irham was judged to have broken the country's strict anti-pornography law after the videos found their way onto the Internet, the BBC reports. Irham, lead singer in the group Peterpan, argued that the videos had been stolen and he hadn't distributed them. The two women who appear in the videos, both Indonesian TV celebrities, weren't charged with any offense.