- Sky News
- A court in Bali, Indonesia, sentenced a British tourist to six months in prison for slapping an immigration officer last year, The Jakarta Post and Sky News reported.
- Auj-e Taqaddas hit an officer across the face last July after she missed her flight to Singapore.
- Taqaddas had been prevented from getting on the plane because she had to pay a fine for overstaying her visa by five months, The Jakarta Post said.
- Taqaddas was filmed swearing at the officer and slapping him across the face. The clip went viral.
- She also did not show up to her court hearing, and was found in a local mall, arrested, and forced to attend, The Jakarta Post said.
Indonesian authorities have sentenced a British tourist to six months in prison for slapping an immigration officer after she missed a flight last summer.
Auj-e Taqaddas, then aged 42, was filmed shouting at an Indonesian immigration officer and slapping him across the face at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali last July.
She had been to due to fly to Singapore on a Jetstar flight when an immigration officer discovered that she had overstayed her visa for 160 days, The Jakarta Post reported.
Footage of Taqaddas’ dispute with the immigration officer, which went viral, appeared to show the British woman blaming Indonesian immigration for making her miss her flight.
In the video she called the official a “bastard” and used other profanities. She tried to snatch her passport from him, failed to do so, then slapped his face.
Taqaddas had been asked to pay 300,000 Indonesian rupiah ($21.40/£16.60) for each day she overstayed her Indonesian visa, which expired in February.
She had entered Bali in January with a visa that was valid for a maximum of 30 days, The Jakarta Post said. Her fine amounted to a total of 48,000,000 rupiah ($3,430/£2,663).
A district court in Denpasar, the capital city of Bali, on Wednesday found her guilty of violence against a government official and sentenced her to six months in prison, The Jakarta Post reported.
Judge Esthar Oktavi found Taqaddas guilty under Article 212 of the country’s criminal code, which can sentence people to a maximum of 16 months in prison for “being guilty of rebelliousness.”
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During the trial, which started in December, Taqaddas pleaded not guilty and claimed the video had been doctored, Sky News reported.
She intends to appeal her six-month sentence, Sky News said.
The Denpasar District Court was set to read out the verdict and sentence on January 21, but Taqaddas failed to show up. She missed two subsequent hearings as well, The Jakarta Post reported.
Indonesian authorities eventually arrested Taqaddas at a shopping mall in Bali on Wednesday and took her to court, where she heard the ruling, the newspaper said.
In a video taken shortly after her Wednesday arrest, Taqaddas claimed that she was ill and that she had no access to medicine “in this horrible, ugly country.”