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Indonesia throws welcome home party for woman freed over Kim Jong-nam’s murder
Indonesian Siti Aisyah with her lawyer Gooi Soon Seng after prosecutors dropped the charges against her for the murder of Kim Jong-nam. Siti Aisyah smiled as she was ushered into a car outside the court, where she had been on trial for a year and a half alongside a Vietnamese woman for the murder of Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur airport. I did not know this will happen. Indonesian officials mounted a major diplomatic effort to free Aisyah, which included pressure from the president. The women had always denied murder, saying they were tricked by North Korean spies into carrying out the Cold War-style hit using VX nerve agent, and believed it was a prank for a reality TV show.
Homosexuality in Indonesia is generally considered a taboo subject by both Indonesian civil society and the government. Public discussion of homosexuality in Indonesia has been inhibited by the fact that human sexuality in any form is rarely discussed or depicted openly. Traditional religious mores tend to disapprove of homosexuality and cross-dressing. In Indonesia, where religion plays a dominant role in society, and where almost 90 percent of the population are Muslim , homosexuality is not punishable by national law , but condemnation of homosexuality has been voiced by many religious leaders, not only Islamic. At the local level, gay or transgender Muslims can be fined or imprisoned under provincial laws against homosexuality and cross-dressing. Indonesia's northwesternmost province of Aceh for example, has a sharia -based anti-homosexuality law that punishes anyone caught having gay sex with lashes.