Indonesians protest official’s 4-day teen marriage

Updated 04 December 2012
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Indonesians protest official’s 4-day teen marriage

GARUT, Indonesia: Hundreds of Indonesians rallied Tuesday to demand a district chief’s resignation after revelations of his text message divorce to a teenage girl four days after their marriage sparked public outrage.
Aceng Fikri, chief of Garut District in West Java province, took 17-year-old Fani Oktora as his second wife in July. But Fikri, 40, quickly divorced her via a short text message, alleging Oktora was not a virgin when they married as he had expected. He said he spent about $26,000 on the wedding.
Students and rights activists in Garut spit and trampled on pictures of Fikri on Tuesday before burning them outside the local council building.
It was the second consecutive day of protests against Fikri, whose case came into the spotlight last week after a picture of the couple was posted on the Internet. On Monday, dozens of people rallied in front of his house and the council building.
Late Tuesday, the local council issued a recommendation for Fikri’s dismissal, but the process will have to wait for a verdict by the Supreme Court.
Also on Tuesday, Oktora, accompanied by her lawyers, filed a complaint with police in the capital, Jakarta, accusing Fikri of domestic violence by holding her captive after the wedding and fraudulence for declaring that he was a widower.
A lawyer representing Fikri said they would file a complaint of defamation against Oktora, whom he said had signed an agreement saying she would not complain about the marriage.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono reportedly discussed the case with West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan on Tuesday during a visit to the province.
Divorce by text message is uncommon in Indonesia.


Germany wants to deport alleged former bin Laden follower

Updated 55 min 53 sec ago
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Germany wants to deport alleged former bin Laden follower

  • Germany to deport a Tunisian follower of Al-Qaeda's Bin Laden
  • Berlin is seeking assurances from the Tunisian government not to torture Sami A.

BERLIN: The German government says it is trying to deport a former follower of Osama bin Laden despite court rulings barring his transfer to Tunisia.
The case of Sami A., whose full name wasn’t released, has caused anger in Germany after it was revealed that he receives monthly state benefits of 1,168 euros ($1,427).
Responding to queries from the Alternative for Germany party, the government of North Rhine-Westphalia state said the 42-year-old can’t be deported because he might face torture in Tunisia.
Germany wants diplomatic assurances from Tunisia he won’t be tortured, but that these haven’t been forthcoming yet.
A spokesman for the federal interior ministry, Harald Neymanns, said Wednesday “there are attempts to deport the former bodyguard of bin Laden” and a ministerial task force will examine the case soon.