The Surakarta/Solo branch of the Mujahidin Council wants tougher penalties for PSK, or prostititues.
A group of Majelis Mujahidin Indonesia (MMI) members, accompanied by their lawyer M Kurniawan, visited the state courthouse in Solo on the 27th to ask judges to impose harsher penalties on prostitutes and presumably their customers.
MMI spokesman Adi Basuki said to a representative of the court, Bambang Kusmunandar, that sentences handed out to PSK (pekerja seks komersial) were too light and not in accordance with a recently passed law (Peraturan Daerah No. 3 2006), which, he said, allows for punishments of up to 3 months in prison and fines of up to 50 million rupiah for crimes of sexual immorality.
Basuki gave a few examples. On 19th of September 11 PSK were sentenced by judge Y. Suguwidarto to three days confinement and given fines of 500 rupiah each. Then again on 22nd of September judge M. Kadarisman handed out seven day jail terms, with a further 21 days of probation, for 21 prostitutes, based on regional law No 1 1975. In both cases, the MMI complained, the judges were not abiding by the new regulations.
After hearing the jihadists out Bambang Kusmunandar said that he appreciated their input but that his authority could not interfere with the decisions handed down by judges, considering that judges were independent. Another report says that one Sunarto of the court said that judges did not know about the new law.