Playboy Denies Verdict in Indonesian Editor's Trial

A Playboy editor on trial in Indonesia for violating social norms by publishing the magazine has not been convicted, a representative from the company told Thursday.

Contradicting media reports earlier this week, a verdict has not been reached in the trial of Erwin Arnada, who manned the watered-down version of a magazine known for publishing racy pictures of women.

"The verdict is not in," Linda Marsicano, publicist for Playboy Enterprises, told Marsicano said she could not comment further on the case because it has not reached a verdict.

The Jakarta Post reported that Arnada was found guilty and faced a two-year jail term for violating moral norms by publishing pornographic images and stories in the heavily Muslim country.

Click here to read the Jakarta Post's story.

More than 100 members of the Indonesian People Forum said Arnada should die for his crimes, chanting in court earlier this week: "Hang him, hang him," according to a Reuters report.

"He was found guilty for violating moral norm that spark people unrest," Prosecutor Resni Muchtar said during a hearing in South Jakarta District Court Tuesday, the Post reported. He said the maximum punishment was two years and eight months.

The Indonesian edition of the magazine, however, did not feature nudity and was not as risque as other magazines on sale in Indonesia.

The magazine's first edition sparked protests in Indonesia last April although it had no nudity and less flesh visible in the issue than many other magazines on sale in the world's most populous Muslim country.

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