Singaporeans, Malaysians busted in Jakarta gay sauna raid

World | 22 May 2017 4:55 pm

As media waited for a police news conference in the afternoon following the detention of dozens of men in a weekend raid on a gay sauna in the capital, Jakarta, some of the arrested men were put on display, their faces covered by black ski masks. Last month, police in Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, arrested 14 men at what they alleged was a sex party and forced them to have HIV tests. 

A coalition of legal aid and criminal justice reform groups condemned the raid and "arbitrary'' arrests. It said police further violated the rights of those arrested by photographing them naked and facilitating the spread of those images on social media. 

The group, which is providing legal representation, said in a statement that some of the men were brought to a police station in north Jakarta naked, and others were stripped at the station. 

Ricky Gunawan, a lawyer with the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation, said at least five of those caught in the raid were foreigners from Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Police have not yet confirmed that they detained any foreigners. -AP

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