Broken system

Court hits woman with prison sentence for exposing her boss’ sexual misconduct

Baiq Nuril Maknun, who exposed her cheating boss, looks stunned after she got slapped with a six-month jail term for violating a controversial law against spreading indecent material, in Mataram on Lombok island on November 16, 2018. The supreme court's shock decision overturned an earlier court ruling that cleared the woman of breaking the controversial law against spreading indecent material. (PIKONG/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman has been sentenced to six months in prison by Indonesia’s Supreme Court after she released video footage of her boss — whom she alleged sexually harassed her — sharing graphic details about an affair he was having with another colleague. School administrator Baiq Nuril Maknun had previously been acquitted by a lower court on a charge of violating electric information law before the Supreme Court shocked many by voting to overturn the ruling — without even issuing any explanation of why the judiciary chose to overrule the original verdict.

The case stemmed from a 2012 incident in which Maknun recorded her school’s principal bragging about his affair with the school’s treasurer. Maknun, who is married and has alleged that she repeatedly rebuffed advances from the principal, said that her co-workers convinced her to release the footage in order to to expose his sexual misconduct. In retaliation, the principal fired her and opened up a legal case against her using the country’s vaguely worded electronic information law. Maknun was acquitted in court, but on Friday the Supreme Court abruptly reversed the decision, sentenced her to six months in jail, and fined her more than $47,000 on top of that.

Baiq Nuril Maknun (PIKONG/AFP/Getty Images)

“I’m just a victim — what did I do wrong?” asked Maknun in wake of the ruling.

Unfortunately, the court, which has long been accused of corruption, made the ruling without giving any reasoning for the verdict. So Maknun, and others, have no choice but to draw their own conclusions.

Read the full story at The Straits Times.

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