Indonesia House of Reps halts probe into sex video

Jakarta (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Indonesia's House of Representatives has decided to let the National Police launch an inquiry into a sex video allegedly featuring Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle lawmakers.

The House¿s ethics council made the decision on Tuesday after questioning Karolin Margret Natasa,

allegedly the woman depicted in the video.

Speaking to the press after questioning Karolin, ethics council chief M. Prakosa said Karolin denied allegations that she was the woman in the video. Fellow lawmaker Aria Bima, who was said to be the man in the video, denied involvement as soon as the video was posted on the Internet.

¿As both lawmakers allegedly involved in the video have denied the allegations, it¿s best for us to let the National Police further investigate it. Thus, we will decide what to do after the National Police issue a recommendation,¿ Prakosa said.

The decision has drawn criticism from Fitra, an NGO that actively monitors the House¿s performance. The watchdog organization has accused the ethics council of intentionally attempting to wash its hands of the matter amid alleged external intervention.

¿I think it¿s enough for the ethics council to hire the best technology experts rather than involving the National Police in the investigation. I doubt that the National Police will thoroughly do the job. For me, the decision reflects the council¿s poor commitment to upholding ethical standards among lawmakers,¿ Fitra coordinator Uchok Sky Khadafi said.

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