The Majelis Tinggi Kerapatan Adat Alam Minangkabau, or the Minangkabau Traditional Culture High Council, in cooperation with the Komite Penegak Syariat Islam Sumatra Barat, the West Sumatra Committee for the Application of Islamic Sharia Law, held a mock trial of polygamist Abdullah Gymnastiar and adulterer Yahya Zaini on the 14th of December, with the title Indahnya Poligami dan Bejatnya Berselingkuh, the Beauty of Polygamy and the Depravity of Adultery, at the Al-Wustha mosque in Padang. It seems, from the title, that the judgement of the court was a foregone conclusion.
The lucky winner.
Both the two men were portrayed by impromptu actors, as were other well-known figures, including womens' activist Siti Masidah, Minister of Religion Maftuh Basyuni, and Minister for Womens' Empowerment Meutia Hatta.
The actor portraying Aa Gym explained that he had decided to take a second wife as a way of avoiding adultery, which is forbidden by religion. "Yahya Zaini" too admitted that he wanted to practise polygamy but his career as a politician made this a difficult choice.
Glum faced Yahya.
Finally, after hearing all the witness testimony and after some serious deliberation, Aa Gym was not only acquitted, assuming any charges were actually laid against him, but he was awarded a prize, the Poligami Award, while naughty politician and unwilling porn film star Yahya Zaini was sentenced to death by stoning, in absentia. l6