Neil Bantleman showing 'great resilience,' wife says

TORONTO - The family of a Canadian teacher convicted of sexually abusing children in Indonesia says they are worried squalid prison conditions could threaten his health.

See Full Article

Neil Bantleman's family issued a statement on how the Ontario man has been faring since an Indonesian court overturned his acquittal last month.

Bantleman's wife Tracy says she can visit her husband for up to two hours every day and bring food and other basic supplies to him.

She says Bantleman is showing "great resilience" but notes the conditions inside the prison are deplorable and she fears his health could "easily deteriorate rapidly."

Bantleman and an Indonesian teaching assistant have maintained their innocence since they were accused of sexually abusing three children at a prestigious international school in the capital Jakarta.

Indonesia's High Court overturned their convictions last August, but prosecutors appealed to the country's supreme court which overruled the lower court last month and added an extra year to the pair's original 10 year prison sentences.

Bantleman's family is continuing to press the Canadian government to apply pressure on Indonesia, meeting with the Parliamentary Secretary for Global Affairs in Mississauga, Ont. last week.

Bantleman's brother Guy says Omar Alghabra assured him the government is working at the "highest levels" to ensure a resolution to the case.

Guy Bantleman says Neil Bantleman's mother gave a hand-written letter to Alghabra to deliver to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to find a way to bring her son home.

Bantleman says he is travelling to Ottawa later this week for more meetings with federal officials to discuss his brother's plight.

He also says his brother's lawyers are waiting for a written decision from the Supreme Court so they can prepare a judicial review of the case.

Canada's ambassador to Indonesia visited Bantleman in prison last Monday and told him the Canadian government is doing everything it can to bring him home.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Funeral to be held for St. Catharine's boy whose death led to murder charge

    Canada News CTV News
    THOROLD, Ont. - Funeral services will be held today for a seven-year-old boy who died last week in St. Catharines, Ont., leading to a murder charge against his stepfather. Nathan Dumas was rushed to hospital on Friday but died the next day. Source
  • Republicans set for risky health care vote after Trump demands it

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON - Republicans have set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul. Their decision came after U.S. President Donald Trump claimed he was finished negotiating with GOP holdouts and determined to move on to the rest of his agenda, win or lose. Source
  • Rachel Dolezal struggling after racial identity scandal

    World News CTV News
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A woman who rose to prominence as a black civil rights leader then lost her job when her parents exposed her as white is struggling to make a living these days. Rachel Dolezal said she has been unable to find steady work in the nearly two years since she was outed as a white woman in local media reports, and she is uncertain about her future. Source
  • Rachel Dolezal says she's struggling in wake of racial identity scandal

    World News CTV News
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A woman who rose to prominence as a black civil rights leader then lost her job when her parents exposed her as white is struggling to make a living these days. Rachel Dolezal said she has been unable to find steady work in the nearly two years since she was outed as a white woman in local media reports, and she is uncertain about her future. Source
  • Four found dead in Sacramento; one arrested in connection in San Francisco

    World News CTV News
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Police detained a suspect in San Francisco just hours after finding four bodies, including two children, in a home 128 kilometres away in Sacramento. The unidentified suspect, who was quickly singled out by investigators, was likely known by the victims, Sacramento police Sgt. Source
  • Laquan McDonald killing: Chicago police officer faces more charges

    World News CBC News
    A white Chicago police officer accused of murder in the shooting death of a black teenager was charged on Thursday with 16 new counts of aggravated battery, in a case that sparked national debate over police use of force against minorities. Source
  • Boston drummer Sib Hashian dies; The Rock pays tribute to him as '2nd dad'

    World News CBC News
    John (Sib) Hashian, former drummer for the arena rock band Boston, died on board a cruise ship Wednesday. He was 67. His son, Adam Hashian, said Thursday a cause of death had not yet been determined. Source
  • Lawsuits blaming Saudi Arabia for 9/11 get new life

    World News CTV News
    NEW YORK -- For years, family members of those killed on Sept. 11 and insurance companies tried unsuccessfully through the courts to hold Saudi Arabia or businesses and organizations there responsible for the terrorist attacks. Source
  • Shooting rampage in Wisconsin began with domestic dispute

    World News CTV News
    WESTON, Wis. -- A man angry after a domestic dispute opened fire in a Wisconsin bank, killing two longtime employees, then killed an attorney at a nearby law firm and a detective trying to set a perimeter outside an apartment complex before he was finally captured, police said. Source
  • Complaint filed after B.C. judge makes comments about hearing sexual assault trial

    Canada News CTV News
    VANCOUVER - Comments attributed to a British Columbia judge about the number of days that should be allotted to hear a sexual assault case have led to a complaint to the Canadian Judicial Council, the province's attorney general said Thursday. Source