07 Jul '11, 10am

5yr sentence for stealing 35-cent sarong

Pamekasan (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - The law in Indonesia does not apply to "little people." Just for stealing a used sarong (traditional outfit) worth 3,000 rupiah (about 35 US cents), Amirah, 30, a woman working as a domestic maid from Sokon, Temberu village in Pamekasan, Madura, East Java, is at risk of being sentenced to five years in jail. Amirah has been held at the Pamekasan prison since March 26. Prison spokesman Rendra Yozar said the case was small compared to corruption cases but the court could not reject case files. The defendant is charged with violating Article 362 of the Criminal Code on common theft. "We will resolve the case immediately keeping in mind the defendant has a responsibility to work to support her family," Rendra told The Jakarta Post. Rendra said Amirah had admitted taking the sarong from her employer Mariyem, 41, and selling it to meet the need...

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