Updated: 03/19/2014 20:33 | By Agence France-Presse

Indonesian Muslim cleric may be jailed over sex video

An Indonesian Islamic cleric arrested for allegedly making an explicit video with two teachers could face 12 years in jail under the Muslim country's tough anti-porn laws, police said Wednesday.

Indonesian Muslim cleric may be jailed over sex video

Indonesian Muslims gather at the Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta, on July 15, 2013 - by Adek Berry

Saeful Sardi Jayadi, 44, surrendered to police Saturday after the video began circulating in Cisarua, south of Jakarta. 

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, introduced a tough anti-pornography law in 2008 that criminalises any work that could be deemed obscene.

Jayadi is accused of making the six-minute video in a hotel room in 2011, said Didik Purwanto, police chief in Bogor district, which includes Cisarua. 

"He has deliberately produced a porn video for a private collection," Purwanto said, adding the alleged offence could carry a 12-year jail sentence.

The video started circulating in the area recently and was passed between people's mobile phones, said Purwanto.

The cleric fled the area last week to avoid arrest but later handed himself himself in.

Pop star Nazriel "Ariel" Irham was jailed in 2011 for making two sex videos that were leaked to the public on the Internet and through mobile phones.

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