Indonesia frees Canadian convicted in child sex case

first_imgFinally free: Bantleman hugging his wife after he was released from Cipinang prison in Jakarta. — AP Indonesia 10 Jul 2019 Man who threatened to behead Jokowi ties the knot in Jakarta jail Indonesia Related News JAKARTA: Indonesia has freed a Canadian teacher who maintains he was wrongfully convicted in 2015 of sexually abusing children at a prestigious international school in Jakarta.Neil Bantleman, teaching assistant Ferdinant Tjiong and five other employees at the school were convicted after allegations of abuse of kindergarten-aged children that lawyers and teaching staff at the school said were motivated by money.The case, which became notorious for its bizarre and flimsy evidence, highlighted chronic problems in Indonesia’s justice system.Another suspect killed himself in custody in 2015 by drinking bathroom cleaner, according to police. World 1d ago Indonesia grants clemency to Canadian teacher convicted of sex abuse {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} An official at Indonesia’s Justice Ministry, who did not want to be named because of the case’s sensitivity in Indonesia, and one of Bantleman’s lawyers, Patra M Zen, said yesterday that Bantleman had applied for clemency, which was granted by President Joko Widodo last month. The official said Bantleman was released on June 21.Tjiong, sentenced to 10 years pri­son, has not applied for clemency and remains in prison.A statement that Canadian broadcaster CBC attributed to Bantleman said, “Five years ago, I was wrongfully accused and convicted of crimes I did not commit and furthermore never occurred. I applied for clemency, which I am pleased was granted by Indonesia last month, upholding essential justice and human rights.”Jakarta International School, which was subsequently renamed, was attended by the children of foreign diplomats, expatriates and Indonesia’s elite. It had about 2,400 students aged 3 to 18 from about 60 countries. — AP China 22h ago Four Britons held in China Tags / Keywords: Related Newslast_img

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