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West Balinese Man Could Face Long Prison Term Following Faked Pictures of an Alien Sent Via his Hand Phone

(4/8/2013) A prank played by a Balinese man in Tabanan has placed him in hot water with the police.

Gede Rai Sudarta (33) from Banjar Kamasan, Dajan Peken Village in Tabanan is now facing the possibility of imprisonment under the terms of regulations on information and electronic transactions, according to a report by the State News Agency Antara.

Rai caused a major stir that covered widely in the press when he began circulating via his new hand phone a picture of an alien being that he claimed had visited his home.

According to police in Tabanan, the picture – proven later to be a fictional photo alteration – could see Rai sentenced to a maximum of 12 years in prison and levied a fine of Rp. 2 billion (US$200,000).

Rai freely admitted that the prank photo of an alien was sent by his android hand phone purchased in January.

Rai said he didn’t realize his prank would become a source of public unrest.