Indonesian Anti-Porn Politician Caught Watching Porn…in Parliament

Mr Arifinto, a member of an Islamic political party in Indonesia was busted for looking at pornographic images on his tablet computer on Friday–during Parliament. Ironically, the Islamic Prosperous Justice Party, to which Mr Arifinto belongs, promoted anti-pornography legislation which may now be used against Arifinto, who, like Madonna, only goes by one name. Since the incident, he has resigned.

The BBC reports:

A member of parliament from an Islamic party which promoted anti-pornography legislation has resigned after being caught watching porn in parliament.

Mr Arifinto of the Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) was photographed looking at the images on Friday.

He said he had inadvertently opened an email link which led him to the images.

Pornography has become one of the testing grounds of conservative Islam’s influence over politics in Indonesia.

“For the recent developing media coverage, I apologise to all members of the party and parliament,” Mr Arifinto – who goes by one name – told a news conference.

“I will continue to work for my party. I’m also going to continue to better myself, by repentance, reading the Koran and asking for guidance.”

The BBC’s Kate McGeown in Jakarta says the PKS was the driving force behind anti-pornography legislation, so that when one of its lawmakers was caught out, he was shown no mercy.

If it is proved that Mr Arifinto was indeed downloading a pornographic movie, as photography of his behaviour appears to show, he could find himself charged with a law of his own party’s making.

“PKS lawmakers are human. What happened to [Arifinto] could happen to anybody else,” said the head of the party’s Shariah Body, Surahman Hidayat.

Via Gawker.