Indonesia lawmaker `caught watching porn in Parl`

An Indonesian lawmaker faces an ethics probe after he was photographed apparently watching porn on his tablet computer in parliament.

Last Updated: Apr 10, 2011, 21:15 PM IST

Jakarta: An Indonesian lawmaker faces an
ethics investigation after he was photographed apparently
watching porn on his tablet computer in parliament, an
official said on Sunday.

Arifinto, who represents the conservative Islamic
Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), was caught on camera on Friday
looking at a pornographic image on the tablet, which he held
slightly under his table, during a plenary session.

The photograph, first posted on a local news website, was
picked up by other media and sparked a public outcry on the
Twitter microblogging site over the weekend.

"Shameful. Just flog and stone (him). Improper!" user
@benimonzieur tweeted.

The case is under investigation, House Ethics Council
deputy chairman Nudirman Munir said today.

"We`re carrying out intensive verification to see he had
indeed violated the code of ethics," he told AFP.

"If proven true, this is a serious violation as he would
have ruined the image and dignity of parliament. It`s best
that he resign, or face dismissal," Munir added.

Arifinto however claimed he had unintentionally opened an
email link that led to "pornographic images", the Jakarta
Globe newspaper reported.

PTI