Indonesia 'sentences eight strippers and staff to two years in prison' following raid on gay club

The men were among 140 were arrested in Jakarta

Friday 15 December 2017 10:04
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Police escort the detained men during a press conference in the Indonesian capital
Police escort the detained men during a press conference in the Indonesian capital

An activist says an Indonesian court has sentenced eight men involved in running a gay club and sauna to two years in prison.

They were among more than 140 men detained after a raid in May on what police said was a sex party at the Atlantis spa in Jakarta.

Most were released as homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but 10 men were charged under anti-pornography laws.

Imam Shofwan from Pantau Foundation, which has been monitoring the trial, says the sentencing occurred on Thursday. A North Jakarta District Court spokesman did not answer calls Friday.

Those sentenced included a director and several employees including strippers, a gym trainer, a receptionist and a security guard.

Shofwan says verdicts for two defendants who allegedly performed oral sex were adjourned until next week.

Associated Press

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