Bodhi Mani Risby-Jones: Australian surfer faces possible flogging after alleged naked, drunken rampage in Indonesia


An Australian man arrested in a conservative space of Indonesia over an alleged violent rampage faces the potential for jail time and a public flogging, authorities have stated.

Bodhi Mani Risby-Jones, 23, from Noosa in southern Queensland, was arrested after allegedly attacking and injuring a neighborhood fisherman whereas drunk.

Carrying an orange jail swimsuit, handcuffs and a black balaclava, Risby-Jones was on Friday escorted to a press convention the place he saved his head down whereas police officers outlined the allegations in opposition to him.

He had been staying at a neighborhood resort whereas on a browsing journey to the island of Simeulue on April 27, when he went “berserk” and hit a resort guard earlier than chasing and putting residents of a close-by village, the officers stated.

“In keeping with individuals current on the scene, (he) went out of his room utterly bare, yelling and inflicting a ruckus,” stated Simeulue Police Chief AKBP Jatmiko.

Jatmiko instructed the press convention that Risby-Jones had gone on to assault a neighborhood fisherman who fell off his bike and sustained “a critical foot harm that required 50 stitches.”

“(Risby-Jones will now be) topic to Article 351 paragraphs 1 and a couple of of the legislation… which carries a most imprisonment of 5 years,” Jatmiko added.

Police stated Risby-Jones can be prosecuted for consuming alcohol, which is prohibited in Aceh and punishable by legislation.

Situated on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, deeply conservative Aceh has a particular autonomous standing. It’s the solely Indonesian province formally training Sharia legislation, enforced by non secular law enforcement officials referred to as the Wilayatul Hisbah, and outlaws homosexuality, adultery, alcohol and playing.

The police chief stated Risby-Jones would have a selection over whether or not to be prosecuted beneath Sharia legislation or provincial legislation. If discovered responsible beneath Sharia legislation he faces the potential for 40 lashes and as much as 2.5 years jail. If discovered responsible beneath provincial legislation, he faces the potential for as much as 5 years’ jail.

His household launched a press release on April 30, saying he was “embarrassed and ashamed of his habits” and wished to apologize to “the individuals of Indonesia for disrespecting their tradition and legal guidelines.”

CNN reached out to the Australian embassy in Jakarta for additional remark however has not but heard again.

Public floggings of each women and men in Aceh have made world headlines through the years.

A number of public caning periods have additionally seen homosexual and lesbian {couples} being whipped for sexual relations.

Throughout Friday’s convention, law enforcement officials produced a bottle of vodka which they alleged was drunk by Risby-Jones.

In addition they offered the findings of a medical report on his alleged sufferer.

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