Jakarta: Indonesian police have taken into
custody a former editor of the local edition of Playboy
magazine who was sentenced to jail for indecency, so he can
serve his punishment, a prosecutor said on Saturday.
Erwin Arnada, who was sentenced by the Supreme Court
in August to serve two years in jail for indecency despite a
lack of nudity in the publication, was picked up on the island
of Bali after ignoring three orders to surrender.
"We picked him up from Bali today to fly him to
Jakarta. He did not turn himself in to us here," South Jakarta
chief prosecutor Mohammed Yusuf told a news agency.
The case is seen as showing the increasing influence
of Islamist extremists, who launched violent protests against
the magazine when it appeared in 2006 and pushed the Supreme
Court to overturn the editor`s earlier acquittal.
The Islamic Defenders Front or FPI, known for its
armed attacks on minorities and moderates, has condemned
Arnada as a "moral terrorist" and ordered its militants to
track him down.
The magazine published only a few issues, none of
which contained nudity, before Islamic hardliners forced it to
close in 2006.