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Indonesian court sentences teacher to death for raping 13 students

JAKARTA, April 4 – An Indonesian court docket handed down a demise sentence on Monday to a instructor for raping 13 ladies at an Islamic college, upholding an attraction by prosecutors for the demise penalty after he had initially obtained a sentence of life in jail.

The case of instructor Herry Wirawan has shocked Indonesia and shone a highlight on the necessity to shield kids from sexual violence within the nation’s non secular boarding faculties.

After he was sentenced to life in jail by a court docket within the metropolis of Bandung in February, prosecutors who had referred to as for the demise penalty filed an attraction.

“(We) hereby punish the defendant with the demise penalty,” the choose mentioned in a press release on Monday posted on the Bandung Excessive Court docket’s web site.

Ira Mambo, Herry’s lawyer, declined to touch upon whether or not there can be an attraction, citing a have to see the total ruling from the court docket.

After he was sentenced to life in jail by a court docket within the metropolis of Bandung in February, prosecutors who had referred to as for the demise penalty filed an attraction.

“(We) hereby punish the defendant with the demise penalty,” the choose mentioned in a press release on Monday posted on the Bandung Excessive Court docket’s web site.

Ira Mambo, Herry’s lawyer, declined to touch upon whether or not there can be an attraction, citing a have to see the total ruling from the court docket.

A spokesperson for the native prosecutor’s workplace additionally mentioned it might wait to obtain the ultimate ruling earlier than commenting.

Between 2016 and 2021, Herry sexually groomed the 13 ladies, who have been between 12 and 16 years outdated, and impregnated eight of his victims, a choose mentioned in February. 

Indonesian officers, together with the nation’s baby safety minister, had additionally backed requires the demise penalty, although the nation’s human rights fee, which opposes the demise penalty, mentioned it was not applicable.

Indonesia, the world’s greatest Muslim majority nation, has tens of 1000’s of Islamic boarding faculties and different non secular faculties that usually present the one method for the youngsters of poorer households to get an training.

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