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Kamis, 30 Juli 2020

Students participate in online learning at Depok Mulya, Indonesia - Xinhua | English.news.cn - Xinhua

Students participate in online learning at Depok Mulya, Indonesia - Xinhua | English.news.cn - Xinhua

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A student participates in online learning at Depok Mulya, West Java, Indonesia, July 30, 2020. A resident in Depok Mulya provides free internet connection and her hermitage to students who have difficulties with online learning due to poor internet connection. (Xinhua/Agung Kuncahya B.)



2020-07-30 08:17:39Z
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Rabu, 29 Juli 2020

Muslims Prepare for Eid Al-Adha amid Coronavirus Pandemic - English Tempo.co

Muslims Prepare for Eid Al-Adha amid Coronavirus Pandemic - English Tempo.co

A worker wears a protective face mask and a face shield at a cattle shop ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues in Depok, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia July 28, 2020. Muslims around the world prepare for Eid Al-Adha as the cattle markets quiet compared to the last years due to coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

A worker feeds animals with dry grass at a cattle shop ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues in Depok, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia July 28, 2020. Muslims around the world prepare for Eid Al-Adha as the cattle markets quiet compared to the last years due to coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

A sacrificial cow is displayed at a cattle shop ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues in Depok, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia July 28, 2020. Muslims around the world prepare for Eid Al-Adha as the cattle markets quiet compared to the last years due to coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

A worker wears a protective face mask and a face shield at a cattle shop ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues in Depok, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia July 28, 2020. Muslims around the world prepare for Eid Al-Adha as the cattle markets quiet compared to the last years due to coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

A worker wearing a protective face mask and a face shield walks at a cattle shop ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues in Depok, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia July 28, 2020. Muslims around the world prepare for Eid Al-Adha as the cattle markets quiet compared to the last years due to coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

A worker and a customer are seen wearing protective face masks at a cattle shop ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues in Depok, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia July 28, 2020. Muslims around the world prepare for Eid Al-Adha as the cattle markets quiet compared to the last years due to coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana



2020-07-29 02:25:00Z
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Kamis, 16 Juli 2020

Criminal law hinders quest for justice in Depok abuse case - Jakarta Post

Criminal law hinders quest for justice in Depok abuse case - Jakarta Post

A recent case of child sexual abuse at a Catholic church in Depok, West Java, sheds light on the flaws and complexity of Indonesia’s criminal law, which has hampered the victims’ quest for justice for a crime reportedly committed over a period of 18 years. Only three of at least 21 altar boys allegedly molested by 42-year-old church caretaker Syahril Parlindungan Marbun since 2002 have filed legal reports, and the Depok Police say they cannot “process” one of those reports because of a “lack of evidence”. Police said they considered that claimant just as a witness rather than a victim in the case because the alleged crime happened 12 years ago, so police could not make a physical forensics report. Lawyer Azas Tigor Nainggolan said that, while the victims had suffered psychological trauma, mental changes and even drug dependence, most of them w...



2020-07-16 18:00:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/paper/2020/07/16/criminal-law-hinders-quest-for-justice-in-depok-abuse-case.html

Jumat, 10 Juli 2020

Depok Catholic Church molester launched 'systematic' assault for years, lawyer says - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Depok Catholic Church molester launched 'systematic' assault for years, lawyer says - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Syahril Parlindungan, who allegedly sexual assaulted dozens of altar boys of St. Herkulanus Church in Depok, West Java, "systematically" molested kids for decades and abused his power as the boys' mentor to silence them, the victims' lawyer has said.

Lawyer Azas Tigor Nainggolan said Syahril had been molesting the altar boys since 2002.

"He would slowly seduce several potential victims at the same time by, for example, holding their hands, before eventually assaulting them. None of the victims dared to speak up because the perpetrator had manipulated them using his power as their mentor at the church," Tigor told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

The lawyer added that Syahril molested his victims not only in the church's library, but also in his house and car.

Read also: Depok case shines light on sexual abuse in Indonesian Catholic Church

The police detained Syahril after receiving reports from several parents of his "suspicious behavior" of kissing, hugging and putting the boys on his lap. Some parents also claimed that he verbally bullied the kids.

At least 21 boys spoke up during an internal investigation launched by the church administrators and parents to say the 42-year-old man had molested them. Two victims later reported the incidents to the police, who then detained and charged him under the 2014 Child Protection Law, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years' imprisonment.

The police investigation further revealed that Syahril had been abusing altar boys aged 11 to 15 since 2002. 

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) opened a complaint service to gather information from more alleged victims regarding the sexual assault carried out by Syahril.



2020-07-10 08:55:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/07/10/depok-catholic-church-molester-launched-systematic-assault-for-years-lawyer-says.html

Kamis, 09 Juli 2020

Komnas HAM gathers reports on alleged sexual assault in Depok catholic church - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Komnas HAM gathers reports on alleged sexual assault in Depok catholic church - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has opened a complaint service at St. Herkulanus Church in Depok, West Java, following reports of sexual assault against dozens of altar boys by their mentor Syahril Parlindungan.

“Komnas HAM opened the service last week to gather as much information as possible from victims, their parents and church administrators regarding the assault,” the alleged victims’ attorney Azas Tigor Nainggolan said on Thursday.

He added that Komnas HAM commissioner Choirul Anam would subsequently bring the information gathered through the service to the Jakarta Police to be further processed.

Read also: Depok case shines light on sexual abuse in Indonesian Catholic Church

Forty-two-year-old Syahril was arrested on June 14 after parents reported his suspicious behavior of kissing, hugging and putting boys on his lap, as explained by Tigor previously. Some parents also claimed that he verbally bullied the kids.

At least 20 boys had reportedly come forward during an internal investigation conducted by the church administrators and parents, to say that Syahril had molested them.

Tigor added that the police investigation further revealed that Syahril had been abusing altar boys aged 11 to 15 since 2002. Two out of the 21 victims had reported the incidents to the police.

Police charged Syahril with violating the 2014 Child Protection Law, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment.



2020-07-09 10:14:00Z
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Lawyer Receives 21 Reports of Sexual Assaults in Depok Church - Tempo.co English

Lawyer Receives 21 Reports of Sexual Assaults in Depok Church - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Azas Tigor Nainggolan, lawyer of the victims of the alleged sexual assault by a church official in Depok's Santo Herkulanus Parish, said that the local police are investigating the case based on two victims' reports and five witnesses' accounts.  

However, Tigor said he actually received more reports by more victims.

"Twenty one people have reported to us," he said.

The official report to the police was made by two victims and their parents on June 24, 2020.

To get more information about the case, Tigor said the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and officials of the Herkulanus Church had opened a complaint post. This post was established as a response to complaints from victims' parents who came to Komnas HAM on June 26, 2020.

Tempo Magazine reported on June 20, 2020, that Syahril Parlindungan (42), head of the liturgy at the Parish of Santo Herkulanus, allegedly raped a number the church's acolytes and altar boys. Syahril wrote a signed confession saying that he sexually assaulted 13 children. He also wrote the time and place of the alleged crime.

He wrote the confession after being confronted by Santo Herkulanus parishioners and the Justice and Peace Commission of the Indonesian Bishops' Conference.

The Depok Metro Police arrested Syahril Parlindungan on Sunday, June 14 at his home in Depok. He is charged with Article 82 of the Child Protection Act, and is facing five to 15 years in prison with a fine of up to Rp. 5 billion.

Read: Cleaning the Church

M YUSUF MANURUNG



2020-07-09 15:56:49Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1363375/lawyer-receives-21-reports-of-sexual-assaults-in-depok-church

Selasa, 07 Juli 2020

People observe social distancing amid COVID-19 outbreak in Depok, Indonesia - Xinhua | English.news.cn - Xinhua

People observe social distancing amid COVID-19 outbreak in Depok, Indonesia - Xinhua | English.news.cn - Xinhua

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2020-07-07 13:38:56Z
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Rabu, 01 Juli 2020

Indonesian Militants Stand Trial over Deadly Prison Riot in 2018 - benarnews

Indonesian Militants Stand Trial over Deadly Prison Riot in 2018 - benarnews

Six Indonesian Islamic militants went on trial Wednesday for allegedly planning and instigating a prison riot in West Java province that left a half-dozen people dead, including five police officers, in May 2018.

Prosecutors at the East Jakarta District Court indicted the six defendants on charges of criminal conspiracy and use of violence that caused deaths during the riot, which lasted from May 8 to May 10 that year. All six pleaded not guilty as the indictment was read out to them Wednesday.

The defendants – Suparman, Syawaludin Pakpahan, Suliono, Handoko, Wawan Kurniawan, and Suyanto – are being tried virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They could face the death penalty if convicted under Indonesia’s anti-terrorism laws.

“Beginning in April [2018], defendant Suparman (alias Maher) had been simulating the arrest and ambush of [police] with several other terrorism inmates,” the indictment said, referring to how the defendants had rehearsed for the riot in Depok.

Prosecutors said the defendants began meeting in January 2018 to plan “a terrorist act” in the prison, which is attached to the headquarters of the elite Mobile Brigade (Brimob) police unit near Jakarta. They were being detained or serving sentences for terrorism-related offenses.

The defendants denied being involved in the riot.

“I did not do … what was charged. At that time, I was ill with a gastric reflux,” Suparman told the court when Chief Judge Nelson Jafasar asked him to respond to the indictment. Witness testimony is expected to begin when the trial resumes on July 8.

Five officers and an inmate were killed during the riot that involved 155 prisoners and went on for 40 hours.

At the time, police said the riot was started by a quarrel between a guard and an inmate over food. Officials said rioters attacked guards, seized their weapons and held an officer hostage.

The indictment made no references to the alleged quarrel. Preparations for the riot included physical training and creating duplicate keys, authorities said.

Police said the five dead officers had been tortured with most suffering deep neck wounds and other injuries. Four other officers were injured, including an officer who was taken hostage.

Authorities said the inmates had armed themselves with about 30 weapons taken from an area where the prison stored contraband seized during police operations.

During the riot police allowed the inmates to meet with cleric Aman Abdurrahman, the de facto leader of Indonesian supporters of the Islamic State (IS) terror group, who was being held at the prison. He was sentenced to death a month later following his conviction on charges linked to ordering terror attacks beginning in 2016.

A few days after the riot was put down, a series of terrorist attacks struck Indonesia, including suicide bombings that targeted churches in Surabaya – the country’s second largest city – and that involved two families. Authorities pinned the attacks and the prison riot on Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), the Indonesian affiliate of IS. In all, 48 people were killed.

The combination of the prison riot and the attacks led Indonesia’s parliament to pass revisions to toughen the country’s anti-terrorism law.

Previous convictions

Two of the defendants connected to the riot are serving lengthy prison terms for previous convictions on terror-related charges.

Syawaludin, 45, was sentenced to 19 years for killing a policeman in North Sumatra in 2017, while Wawan Kurniawan, the leader of a JAD cell in Pekanbaru on Sumatra Island is serving an 11-year sentence for holding terrorist training exercises.

Last year, a court in Jakarta sentenced Dita Siska Millenia, 18, to two years and eight months after finding her guilty of trying to assist the rioters by coming to the Brimob headquarters in the wake of the riot.

Police arrested Dita and seven others for allegedly trying to storm the prison after the riot. A man who stabbed an officer guarding a post outside the Brimob headquarters was shot and killed.

Police also killed another suspect as he allegedly tried to strangle officers who were arresting him in the nearby town of Bekasi on suspicion that he and others were heading toward the detention center to assist the inmates.

IS claimed that its fighters were responsible for the riot, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S.-based website which monitors extremist activity and communications on social media.



2020-07-01 19:16:29Z
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/indonesian/riot-trial-07012020150047.html