The Badung Prosecutor has denied allegations from Auj-E Taqaddas — the Lahore-born British national who was sentenced to 6 months for slapping an Indonesian Immigration officer — that she was “tortured” while in the custody of Indonesian authorities.
Earlier this week, allegations that she’d been physically “tortured” by authorities came to light after a Twitter account, claimed and believed to belong to Taqaddas’, uploaded images of bruised arms. The account has featured a steady stream of hysterical, immigration-related rants since it was started late last year.
Authorities responded to the allegations yesterday.
“We never tortured her. Yes, it is true that she has bruises, but it was not because of torture. It’s the result of our attempts to restrain her,” said the intelligence section head of the Badung Prosecutor’s Office, Waher Tarihoran, yesterday, as quoted in Kumparan.
It seems a likely explanation, judging from a number of viral videos that show her displaying the kind of aggressive behavior that got her into trouble with immigration in the first place.
Just a couple of weeks after footage emerged of Taqaddas being dragged kicking and screaming to her verdict hearing, a new clip of her, allegedly captured at the Jimbaran Detention Center where she is currently being detained, has been posted online.
Although we cannot independently verify the footage, it seems to clearly show the British national yelling at the detention center’s officers in one of her now notorious tantrums.
According to Kanal Bali, the video was taken on Feb 6, soon after the court sentenced her to 6-months in prison. Their report says that Taqaddas destroyed everything inside of the cell, forcing officials to move her to another room with more limited facilities.
Taqaddas became an overnight viral sensation last July when footage was released of her cussing at a poor immigration officer and angrily slapping him across the face. She was reportedly furious after being asked to pay a huge fine for overstaying her Indonesian visitor’s visa by by 160 days.
Let’s hope that the solitude and silence of 6 months behind bars will help her to calm her temper a little.