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Indonesia court approves sacking over texted divorce

January 24, 2013

JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Supreme Court announced Wednesday (January 23rd) it has approved the firing of a district chief who married a teenager but divorced her within four days via text message, AFP reported.

Aceng Fikri, the head of Garut in West Java, angered residents and rights campaigners alike after dumping the 18-year-old girl as his second wife, alleging she had lied about her virginity.

Following protests, the local parliament in Garut, found Fikri guilty last month of breaching multiple laws related to his marriage and recommended he be fired.

Supreme Court spokesman Ridwan Mansyur said the court decided the local parliament had legal grounds for its decision.

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