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Indonesian court sentences 2 British journalists to 2½ months in jail for violating visas

British journalists Neil Bonner, second left, and Rebecca Prosser, right, are escorted by armed police officers after their sentencing hearing at the local district court in Batam, Indonesia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The court sentenced Bonner and Posser to two and a half months in jail on Tuesday for violating immigration regulations by working with tourist visas. (AP Photo)

British journalists Neil Bonner, second left, and Rebecca Prosser, right, are escorted by armed police officers after their sentencing hearing at the local district court in Batam, Indonesia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The court sentenced Bonner and Posser to two and a half months in jail on Tuesday for violating immigration regulations by working with tourist visas. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

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.