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British TV journalists jailed in Indonesia for visa violations

Published 03/11/2015

The pair were arrested while filming a documentary about piracy in the Malacca Strait
The pair were arrested while filming a documentary about piracy in the Malacca Strait

Two British television journalists have been jailed for two and a half months by an Indonesian court for violating immigration regulations by working on tourist visas.

Neil Bonner and Rebecca Prosser were detained in May in Batam, a city just south of Singapore, while making a documentary about piracy in the Malacca Strait.

They were working for Wall To Wall, a London-based company which is producing the documentary funded by National Geographic.

Batam District Court convicted the pair on Tuesday and sentenced them to two and a half months in jail, along with a fine of 1,840 US dollars (£1,190). The maximum penalty for visa violations is five years' imprisonment.

Presiding Judge Wahyu Prasetyo said the sentences were lighter because the defendants were co-operative and admitted their mistakes.

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