Manohara Odelia Pinot (born Manohara Odelia Man in Jakarta, Indonesia on 28 February 1992) is a Indonesian model. She is holds dual Indonesian and American citizenship and is of mixed Caucasian and Indonesian Bugis ancestry. She married Malaysian Kelantan prince Tengku Muhammad Fakhry on 26 August 2008.
Manohara is a daughter of an American father; George Manz, and an Indonesian mother of Bugis ethnicity; Daisy Fajarina, who is among French Interpol’s wanted list for questioning. Later, Daisy divorced George and married Frenchman Reiner Pinot, who adopted Manohara. Manohara is an exceptional beauty with an average intelligence. She started a career as a model at an early age and was chosen as one of the 100 Pesona Indonesia, a shortlist of Indonesia’s top 100 models by Harper’s Bazaar magazine.
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.
Manohara met Tengku Fakhry in December 2006 at a dinner held by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia. The prince fell in love with Manohara and told the 15-year-old Manohara that he wanted to have a serious relationship with her.
Given his courteous manner of address and noble background, Daisy Fajarina assented to the courtship. 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 umroh pilgrimage to Mecca. On the 9th of 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 Indonesian Commission of Human Rights for help to get her abducted daughter back.
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.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.
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.
On Sunday, 31 May 2009 Manohara escaped Kelantan Sultan’s authority in Singapore and returned to Indonesia with her mother. 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. In distress, Manohara pressed the elevator emergency button to attract the attention of hotel security and the local authorities. Noticing the CCTV (security cameras) in the elevator and the hotel corridor, Kelantan bodyguards withheld the use of force to retain Manohara in the elevator.
Manohara tried to contact the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore for help, but was refused because there were no Indonesian embassy officials present on a Sunday. As her father is a US citizen, she then attempted to contact the US Embassy and was successful in procuring their immediate assistance. Her mother was able to follow the commotion and find her daughter on the third floor of the hotel. Under diplomatic protection, 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. Manohara also stated that she would not return to Kelantan, also expressing her willingness to file for divorce from Tengku Fakhry.
Women activis, Ratna Sarumpaet who previously offer her assistant to Manohara, withdraw after citing Manohara and her mother is not serious in pursing the case.Lawyer OC Kaligis who offer his legal consule later also withdraw from representing Manohara citing difficulty getting coorporating in gathering evidences. The case is being taken up by lawyer Hotman Paris Hutapea. The drama still goes round and the times still counting the day where the truth will actually reveal.