United Kingdom woman jailed 6 months for slapping Bali airport officer

British woman jailed for slapping Indonesian airport officer

British woman jailed for slapping Indonesian airport officer

A British woman was handed a six-month jail term today for slapping an immigration officer in Bali after she missed her flight because of an expired tourist visa.

Video showing Auj-e Taqaddas, who reportedly lives in London, purportedly swearing at and hitting an officer at Bali's worldwide airport was widely shared online last August.

A smartphone video of the purported incident, which went viral at the time, showed an agitated Taqaddas launching into an expletive-laden rant after she was told she would have to pay a fine of US$4,000 for overstaying her visa by several months.

"[The court] found the defendant Auj E. Taqaddas guilty of violence against a [government] official as per Article 212 of the Criminal Code".

Taqaddas was charged and tried for slapping an immigration officer previous year at the Bali airport after being prevented from boarding a plane.

"Hence, [the court] sentenced the defendant to six months' imprisonment", presiding judge Esthar Oktavi said.

The footage of Taqaddas' violent act, taken on July 28 a year ago, went viral and made headlines in local and foreign media.

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Auj-e Taqaddas gestures as she talks to journalist after attending sentencing at Denpasar court in the resort island of Bali, Indonesia, February 6, 2019.

During the trial that began in December, Taqaddas pleaded not guilty and said the video had been edited. Indonesian law is corrupt.

Following the sentencing, she claimed the court was corrupt and alleged that police had tortured her, including on the day of the trial.

After she missed several court dates, prosecutors said they had "the right to take forcible action to bring her to court".

The prosecution says violence has not been used against Taqaddas. "Indonesian immigration is corrupt".

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News.

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