Manohara Odelia Pinot

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Manohara Odelia Pinot
Born Manohara Odelia Manz
(1992-02-28) February 28, 1992 (age 24)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Spouse(s) Tengku Muhammad Fakhry
(2008–2009)
Relatives George Manz (father)[1]
Daisy Fajarina (mother)
Reiner Pinot Noack (adoptive stepfather)
Modeling information
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown

Manohara Odelia Pinot (born Manohara Odelia Manz in Jakarta, Indonesia on 28 February 1992) is an Indonesian model. She holds dual Indonesian and American citizenship[2] and is of mixed Caucasian and Indonesian Bugis ancestry. She married Malaysian Kelantanese prince Tengku Muhammad Fakhry on 26 August 2008.

Her mother, Daisy, was previously married to Edy, an Indonesian, followed by American George Manz, who is the biological father of Manohara. The marriage broke up in 1994 and Daisy later married Juergen Reiner Noack-Pinot, a German citizen, whose surname Manohara adopted.

Daisy fled France in 2007 with Manohara and another daughter Dewi after her adopted daughter, Saliha, made a police report against Daisy and Pinot alleging sexual harassment and physical abuse. Daisy was jailed 18 months in absentia while Pinot got four months. She is still a wanted women in France for "submitting a vulnerable and dependent person to undignified working conditions and assault since 1998".[3]

Personal life[edit]

Manohara gained widespread attention from the Indonesian media in mid April 2009 when her mother, Daisy Fajarina, alleged that Tengku Fakhry, Malaysian Kelantanese prince and Manohara's husband, abducted Manohara.[4]

Manohara met Tengku Fakhry in December 2006 at a dinner held by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.[5] Despite some problems such as the absence of wali nikah (legal witness) and no legal letter from the Indonesian Embassy, Tengku Fakhry married 16-year-old Manohara in Malaysia on 26 August 2008.

During her stay in Kelantan, Manohara was said to have endured physical and mental abuses from her husband. As a result, she surreptitiously returned to Indonesia via Singapore. Tengku's attempts to win her back have been unsuccessful. He purchased a car for Manohara as a birthday gift in February 2009, and also invited Manohara, her mother and her half sister for umrah pilgrimage to Mecca. On 9 March 2009 after the pilgrimage in Mecca, Manohara's mother and Dewi Sri Asih (Manohara's half sister) were left at an airport in Mecca. Daisy pleaded with the Indonesian government and the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) for help to get her abducted daughter back.[6]

The issue gained greater attention when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak dodged questions about the alleged abduction of Manohara by the Malaysian prince as he met Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Jakarta on 23 April 2009.[7] The mother of the missing model held a press conference at the National Commission on Violence Against Women in Jakarta. She complained that Malaysian authorities had stopped her going to Malaysia to check on her daughter's condition. The circumstances have been compared to the case of Altantuya Shaariibu.[8] The Indonesian government demanded an explanation from the Malaysian government as to why an Indonesian woman was denied entry to see her daughter amid claims of abuse by her husband of Malaysian royalty.[9]

On Sunday, 31 May 2009 Manohara escaped Kelantan Sultan's authority in Singapore and returned to Indonesia with her mother.[10] Manohara and Kelantan royal family were in Singapore to accompany Sultan of Kelantan as he sought medical treatment there. Daisy Fajarina was in Singapore to meet her daughter, and Manohara called her to tell her the name of hotel where she was staying. When Manohara tried to escape the hotel, Kelantan bodyguards attempted to stop her on the 3rd floor where the Sultan was staying. With assistance from the US Embassy, Manohara reached Changi Airport and finally succeeded in returning to Indonesia with her mother. At a TV press conference on 31 May 2009, Manohara confirmed her mother's allegations that her husband, Tengku Fakhry, had abused her both emotionally and physically.[11] Manohara also stated that she would not return to Kelantan, also expressing her willingness to file for divorce from Tengku Fakhry.[12]

In the media, Prince Fakhy has been compared to a psychopath in his obsession for a woman, the abuse and the coverups.

Women activist Ratna Sarumpaet, who previously offered her assistance to Manohara, withdrew after citing Manohara's and her mother's lack of determination in pursuing the case.[13] Lawyer OC Kaligis who offered his legal counsel also withdrew from representing Manohara, citing difficulty in gathering evidence and co-operation.[14] The case is currently being taken up by lawyer Hotman Paris Hutapea.

Even the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry offered to assist them to file a report with Malaysian police, and prepared to file the report on Manohara’s behalf provided she produced all the evidence. Indonesian police have also advised Manohara to make a police report in Malaysia with the help of the Foreign Ministry. However, Manohara did not take up the offer, baffling even the Indonesian authorities who began to suspect something was amiss. They also failed to have made public or given to the Malaysian lawyers the medical report, resulting in their lawyer, Fakrul apply to discharge himself from the case.[15]

The case has even involved both Manohara biological father and stepfather when Daisy informed Indonesian media that Pinot is in Jakarta to lend support to Manohara over recent reports that Manz had sided with Tengku Temenggong Muhammad Fakhry, 32, who is Manohara's husband. Pinot also planned to take Manohara to Europe to further her education in arts and economics. Manohara's biological father George Manz believed that it is a bad idea as Pinot is convicted for sexual haressment and is threatening to get the US State Department involved because 17-year-old Manohara is a US citizen.

Saliha returned to Indonesia after more than 10 years to bring her adoptive mother Daisy Fajarina to justice. Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda had also confirmed that he had received a report from the Consulate-General in Marseilles, France, requesting that the Indonesian government assist in getting Daisy to serve the sentence.[16]

Legal case[edit]

The legal case below is solely based on a lawsuit Fakhry filed within his home state of Malaysia, where Fakhry has much political connections and power. If Manohara had returned to Malaysia or attended the court cases, she ran the threat of being kidnapped from her freedom again or lend credibility to a very biased lawsuit. It was deemed both intelligent and prudent for her not to attend.

Manohara has challenged prince Fakhry to submit another lawsuit in her home state of Indonesia, where his connections and influence would not lead to such a biased outcome.

In Malaysia courts, Manohara Odelia Pinot has been ordered to return to her husband Tengku Temenggong of Kelantan, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Sultan Ismail Petra, and pay him the RM1.2mil she borrowed from him after failing to file defence nor attend her court case. If Manohara did not return to her husband, she is deemed to be derhaka (disloyal) and nyusyuz (recalcitrant) and therefore, did not deserve anything from her husband.

The court could not accept the argument that the amount of RM1,112,250 was a gift from Tengku Muhammad Fakhry, based on the non-appearance in court of Manohara throughout the proceedings.[17]

Tengku Fakhry had always maintained that money was not the issue and that it was about his dignity and reputation. He said he was forced to initiate legal proceedings to clear his name as the allegations of physical and sexual abuse were baseless and meant to disparage him in the eyes of the members of the royalty, the government and the public.

Her mother, Daisy Fajarina told that her family was prepared to face the consequences of ignoring the court order including Manohara losing her privileges as Cik Puan Temenggong Kelantan, nor will they pay back the so-called RM1 million debt.[18]

On 20 February 2010, Manohara again became a news item in Malaysia, with her picture kissing Amiel Mohede in the public, while her divorce is still pending.,[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "My ex-wife's an evil mother, says Manohara's dad, Frankie D'Cruz, July 6, 2009, Malay Mail
  2. ^ MANOHARA ISSUE: Indonesian NGO calls for official investigation, Frankie D'Cruz, July 6, 2009, Malay Mail
  3. ^ MANOHARA ISSUE: Now it’s father vs father. Mmail.com.my (2009-07-13). Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  4. ^ Menguak Hilangnya Manohara Odelia Pinot, KapanLagi.com, accessed 19 April 2009
  5. ^ Chronology of Manohara disappearance, KapanLagi.com, accessed 23 April 2009
  6. ^ Komnas HAM Indonesia Segera Surati Komnas HAM Malaysia (Komnas HAM wrote to their Malaysian counterparts), KapanLagi.com, 25 April 2009, accessed 25 April 2009
  7. ^ Malaysia's Najib dodges queries on model. Straits Times. 23 April 2009.
  8. ^ Questions for Najib over a Missing Model Asia Sentinel, 24 April 2009.
  9. ^ RI demands KL explain ban on anxious mother The Jakarta Post, 24 April 2009.
  10. ^ Manohara Pulang, Deasy Fajarina Sambut Dengan Pelukan (Manohara is home, Daisy welcomes her with hugs), KapanLagi.com, 31 May 2009, accessed 31 May 2009
  11. ^ Manohara Odelia Pinot Model Flees Clutches of Malaysian Prince. 03/04/2009. Newsbizarre.com (2008-08-26). Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  12. ^ Redaksi Kontroversi Trans-7, Manohara Succeed to Escape Back to Homeland. 31/05/2009 Archived October 17, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Ratna Sarumpaet Cabut Pendampingan untuk Manohara. Entertainment.kompas.com. 25 May 2009 Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  14. ^ OC Kaligis Juga Tinggalkan Manohara. Pos-kupang.com. 6 June 2009 Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  15. ^ It’s ‘hearsay’, says Manohara’s lawyer. Mmail.com.my (2009-09-28). Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  16. ^ Daisy's worst nightmare comes true. Mmail.com.my (2009-07-23). Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  17. ^ Manohara ordered to return to husband – Star 14 Dec 2009. Thestar.com.my. Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  18. ^ No way Manohara is returning, says Daisy. Mmail.com.my (2009-12-14). Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  19. ^ (Malay) Manohara boleh jatuh derhaka. kosmo.com.my. 20 Februari 2010