Seven jailed for al­leged child rape

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In March 2014, the In­done­sian mother of a six-year-old boy at Jakarta In­ter­na­tional School (JIS, later re­named Jakarta In­ter­cul­tural School) claimed jan­i­tors had gan­graped her son in a toi­let at the exclusive school. Two other moth­ers later claimed their young sons might have also been sodomised by jan­i­to­rial staff. Police ar­rested six clean­ers. Four of them later said they were tor­tured into mak­ing false con­fes­sions. One who re­fused to con­fess, Azwar, died af­ter un­der­go­ing seven hours of in­ter­ro­ga­tion. He was buried with­out an au­topsy. The mother be­hind the ac­cu­sa­tions tried to sue JIS for US$12.5 mil­lion. JIS had no li­a­bil­ity for the clean­ers, so the mother changed her story, claim­ing two teach­ers, Cana­dian Neil Bantle­man and In­done­sian Fer­di­nant Tjiong, had also abused her son. She de­manded US$125 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion. No ev­i­dence of abuse was ever pro­duced. In­stead, it was claimed Bantle­man had pro­duced a magic stone out of thin air to gain power over the boy – and abused him in a glass-walled of­fice, wit­nessed by no one. In De­cem­ber 2014, the sur­viv­ing clean­ers were sen­tenced to be­tween seven and eight years in jail. In April 2015, Bantle­man and Tjiong each re­ceived ten years in jail. In Au­gust 2015, Jakarta High Court acquitted them due to the lack of ev­i­dence. In Fe­bru­ary 2016, the Supreme Court over­turned the ac­quit­tals and ex­tended their sen­tences to 11 years. As of De­cem­ber 2018, the mother is still try­ing to sue JIS at South Jakarta Dis­trict Court.

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