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Indonesian court sentences teacher to death for raping 13 students

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

The case of instructor Herry Wirawan has shocked Indonesia and shone a highlight on the necessity to shield youngsters from sexual violence within the nation’s spiritual 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 loss of life penalty filed an enchantment.

“(We) hereby punish the defendant with the loss of life penalty,” the decide stated 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 could be an enchantment, 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 loss of life penalty filed an enchantment.

“(We) hereby punish the defendant with the loss of life penalty,” the decide stated 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 could be an enchantment, citing a have to see the total ruling from the court docket.

A spokesperson for the native prosecutor’s workplace additionally stated it will 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 previous, and impregnated eight of his victims, a decide stated in February. 

Indonesian officers, together with the nation’s little one safety minister, had additionally backed requires the loss of life penalty, although the nation’s human rights fee, which opposes the loss of life penalty, stated it was not acceptable.

Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim majority nation, has tens of 1000’s of Islamic boarding faculties and different spiritual faculties that always present the one means for the youngsters of poorer households to get an schooling.