Saturday, 22 February 2020

MA Rejects Baiq Nuril's PK, Finds Her Guilty of Violating ITE Law

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Supreme Court (MA) on Friday, July 5, has rejected an appeal for a case review (PK) submitted by Baiq Nuril, a non-permanent teacher at a high school convicted under the electronic information and transactions (UU ITE) for exposing her alleged sexual harasser who was a former school principal in the school she taught.

    The SMAN 7 Mataram high school teacher will have to undergo her sentence of six-month imprisonment and Rp500 million fine.

    “Supreme Court rejects the case review of convict Baiq Nuril, filed under PK No. 83 PK/Pid.Sus/2019,” said Supreme Court spokesman Judge Agung Andi Samsan Nganro in a written statement on Friday, July 5.

    The Supreme Court said that Baiq’s reason behind the PK could not be accepted and MA’s initial decision overturned a lower court’s verdict found her guilty of transmitting "immoral content" overseen by the ITE Law in an incident related to sexual harassment.

    The justices believed that Baiq Nuril had circulated a recording of an obscene phone call between her and former SMAN 7 Mataram high school principal, Muslim, by handing her cellphone to another person that eventually was distributed. Judges found that her actions were “unacceptable” and for that reason alone Baiq’s case review was rejected.

    DEWI NURITA

    Read: Women Empowerment Minister: Baiq Nuril`s Harasser must be Tried