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(Photo: Buddha Bar Restaurant in Jakarta, December 4, 2008/Beawiharta)
The English language newspaper Jakarta Globe reported that Central Jakarta District Court on Wednesday ordered the owners of the bar, Nireta Vista Creative, to close down immediately.
The owners, Jakarta's district governor, Fauzi Bowo, and the Jakarta Tourism Agency were fined a total of 1 billion rupiah ($110,700) for causing mental distress to the plaintiffs, a group called the Anti-Buddha Bar Forum (see their Facebook page here).
The group had complained the bar's name and use of Buddhist decorations and statues was a form of blasphemy.