British TV journalists jailed in Indonesia for visa violations
Published 03/11/2015 | 09:41
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.