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Indonesia court approves sacking of official over texted divorce

Published on Jan 23, 2013 8:15 PM
 
In this file photo taken on Dec 4, 2012, the regent of Garut in West Java province, Aceng Fikri, speaks to journalists in Bandung city. Indonesia's Supreme Court said Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013, it has approved the sacking of Mr Fikri, who married a teenager but divorced her within four days via text message, accusing her of not being a virgin. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesia's Supreme Court said Wednesday it has approved the sacking of a district chief who married a teenager but divorced her within four days via text message, accusing her of not being a virgin.

Aceng Fikri, the head of Garut in West Java, has angered residents and rights campaigners after he divorced an 18-year old girl identified only as "FO" as his second wife, alleging she had lied about her virginity.

Following a wave of protests, the local parliament in Garut, 200km southeast of Jakarta, last month found Fikri guilty of breaching multiple laws in his marriage and recommended he be sacked.

The Supreme Court decided that the local parliament had legal grounds for its decision, court spokesman Ridwan Mansyur told AFP.

 
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