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Australian faces 15 years' imprisonment on sex-abuse charges

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar, Bali   /   Mon, May 2, 2016   /  04:50 pm
Australian faces 15 years' imprisonment on sex-abuse charges Suspected – An officer escorts Robert Andrew Fiddes Ellis, an Australian citizen suspected of having molested 10 children, to the Denpasar Prosecutor’s Office in Bali on Monday. The Bali Police handed over Ellis’ case dossier to prosecutors on Monday. (thejakartapost.com/Zul Trio Anggono)

Australian national Robert Andrew Fiddes Ellis, who is currently detained in Bali on allegations of child-sex abuse, could face 15 years' imprisonment if found guilty, prosecutors have said.

Ellis, 70, was transferred to Kerobokan Penitentiary on Monday after the police completed his case dossier. Police handed over the dossier to prosecutors, along with the suspect and all evidence obtained. Evidence included three bicycles and a motorbike he allegedly gave to his victims. It is suspected that Ellis used such gifts to approach his alleged victims.

The Denpasar Prosecutor’s Office’s general crimes section head, Ketut Maha Agung, said that prosecutors would charge Ellis under Article 290 of the Criminal Code (KUHP) on sexual abuse and the 2002 Child Protection Law.

“The article carries a maximum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment,” said Maha Agung.

 He further claims that Ellis admitted to the allegations and conveyed his regret over the case. It is alleged that he abused 10 children.

The police arrested Ellis in January, apprehending the Australian citizen based on information provided by the Lentera Anak Bali Foundation, a child-protection organization.

Following up on the report, the Bali Police’s women and children’s protection unit,  supported by the foundation, Bali-Terre des Hommes Netherlands and Denpasar’s Integrated Service Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children conducted a joint investigation that began in December, which led to his arrest. (ebf)

 

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