Neil Bantleman's acquittal overturned in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia's top court has overruled the acquittals of a Canadian and an Indonesian teacher and ordered longer prison terms for sexually abusing three young children at a prestigious international school in Jakarta.

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Neil Bantleman and Ferdinant Tjiong had been sentenced to 10 years last April by the South Jakarta District Court. But they maintained innocence and filed appeals to the High Court, which acquitted them in August.

Supreme Court spokesman Suhadi said Thursday a three-member judge panel handed down a verdict Wednesday based on the prosecutors' appeal and increased their sentence to 11 years. The two teachers also were ordered to pay a $7,440 fine each or to serve six more months in jail.

They worked at the Jakarta International School, which is now called the Jakarta Intercultural School.


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