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92-year-old woman jailed for felled durian tree

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the son and neph­ews were each sen­tenced to four months and ten days in jail. On Jan­uary 29, Linda was sen­tenced to one month and 14 days in jail, to be served un­der city ar­rest sta­tus. The judge who convicted her is Mar­shal Tari­gan. The state prose­cu­tor who de­manded a 92-year-old woman be jailed over a fam­ily dis­pute is Erthy Sim­bolon. There have been sim­i­lar cases of el­derly, il­lit­er­ate women jailed for mi­nor of­fenses. of Linda, de­clared the ten-year-old tree was his prop­erty. He de­manded hun­dreds of mil­lions of ru­piah in com­pen­sa­tion. On March 1, 2017, he re­ported Linda, her son and her five neph­ews to police, ac­cus­ing them of de­stroy­ing his prop­erty. On Septem­ber 19, 2017, the son and neph­ews were ar­rested and jailed. They and Linda went on trial at Balige Dis­trict Court on De­cem­ber 20, 2017. Linda had to be car­ried to the court­house by her grand­son, af­ter tak­ing a boat ride of more than two hours across Lake Toba. On Jan­uary 23, 2018, Saulina Boru Si­torus, bet­ter known as Ompung Linda, was born in North Su­ma­tra’s Toba Samosir re­gion in 1926. In De­cem­ber 2016, she de­cided to ren­o­vate and ex­pand a mon­u­ment to her late hus­band and an­ces­tors at a ceme­tery used by Batak peo­ple in Toba Samosir dis­trict. The owner of the land, Kardi Si­torus, granted per­mis­sion for the work. When Linda and her rel­a­tives men­tioned a durian tree was in the way, Kardi said they could cut it down. Af­ter it was felled, a lo­cal man named Ja­paya Si­torus (70), who is also a rel­a­tive

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