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Southeast Asia libel law: A caveat
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Author:  Rio [ Tue May 24, 2011 10:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Southeast Asia libel law: A caveat

Hutomo “Tommy” Mandala Putra has been awarded more than Rp 12.5 billion ($1.5 million) in damages from a magazine that described the youngest son of Indonesian dictator Suharto as a “convicted murderer.”

Presiding Judge Tahsin, sitting on the South Jakarta District Court bench, said the article in Garuda Indonesia, the national carrier’s in-flight magazine published by Indo Multi Media, had “ruined the reputation of Hutomo Mandala Putra as a national and international businessman.”

The judge also said that identifying Tommy as a murderer was irrelevant to the article, “A New Destination to Enjoy in Bali,” a review of his Pecatu Indah Resort published in December 2009.

“Although the Supreme Court has convicted Hutomo Mandala Putera in the murder case, he has served his sentence and since the completion of the [term] he has fully regained his rights as a citizen and for his past to not be mentioned,” the judge said.

—Jakarta Globe

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