BATAM, Indonesia – An Indonesian court has sentenced two British television journalists to two and a half months in jail for violating immigration regulations by working with tourist visas.
Neil Bonner and Rebecca Prosser were detained in May in Batam, a city just south of Singapore, while making a documentary about piracy in the Malacca Strait. They were working for Wall to Wall, a London-based company that is producing the documentary funded by National Geographic.
Batam District Court convicted the journalists on Tuesday and sentenced them to two and a half months in jail, along with a fine of $1,840. The maximum penalty for visa violations is five years' imprisonment.
Presiding Judge Wahyu Prasetyo said the sentences were lightened because the defendants were cooperative and admitted their mistakes.