The trial continues...
The latest hearing of the "Ariel Does Indonesian Celebrities" trial was a public one. The fact that the hearing was a public one was not all that surprising in the big scheme of things. In essence, the hearing was merely a formality in that the judges were handing down their decision on the objections (eksepsi) of the defense to the prosecution's case. From what I can tell, the objections were contained in an injunction application.
The scenic District Court of Bandung is the place where the nitty gritty of this trial is to be played out. The crux of this case is whether Ariel did anything to prevent the distribution of the sex tapes he allegedly shot with Luna Maya and Cut Tari, and if he did do anything whether it was enough to absolve him of responsibility for the eventual distribution of the sex tapes.
According to the presiding judge in this case, Singgih Budi Prakoso, there is enough to proceed with the calling of witnesses. It would seem that Singgih is leaning towards the arguments that Ariel did not do enough to prevent the distribution.
Obviously, Afrian Bonjol, the lawyer for Ariel, was of the view that Singgih did not give sufficient thought or legal reasoning when rejecting the objections. Nevertheless, Bonjol has stated that Ariel accepts the decision of the judge and is looking forward to proving his innocence as the trial goes forward.
The next hearings for this trial are set for 13 December 2010 and 16 December 2010.