Former Playboy Indonesia editor freed from prison

Playboy Indonesia's former editor was released from prison Friday after the country's top court overturned his indecency conviction for publishing pictures of scantily clad women.


The long-running case has highlighted the growing militancy of a vocal fringe wanting Islamic-based laws implemented in Indonesia, a moderate democracy that is the world's most populous Muslim nation. Erwin Arnada, 48, who had been editor of the now-defunct magazine, was serving a two-year prison sentence after a protracted legal battle that began in 2006 and saw him imprisoned last October when a lower court's acquittal was overturned. (AP)