Jakarta: An Indonesian rock star surrendered
to police today over two homemade sex videos of himself with
his celebrity girlfriends that appeared on the Internet,
Singer Nazril Ariel has been at the centre of the
"Peterporn" scandal, named after his band Peterpan, since the
grainy videos went viral on Indonesian social networking sites
earlier this month.
"Ariel surrendered today at 3:00 am (2000 GMT yesterday)
after police named him a suspect for breaching the
anti-pornography law. If he hadn`t surrendered we would have
arrested him," police deputy spokesman Zainuri Lubis said.
"Under Indonesian law, police have authority to detain
him for 24 hours. We will decide later whether to detain him
The mainly Muslim country`s first celebrity sex video
scandal has underscored the widening gulf between traditional
values and modern, Internet-driven youth culture in the
Southeast Asian archipelago.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has cited the videos
in voicing his support for tougher controls on the Internet,
such as a filter system proposed by the conservative
"We have increasingly realised that our nation should not
stay naked and be crushed by the information technology
frenzy, because there will be many victims," he told reporters
The videos were apparently filmed by Ariel and showed him
having sex with his current girlfriend Luna Maya and his
ex-girlfriend Cut Tari on separate occasions.