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Jakarta Post

Two campus seniors declared guilty for deaths of freshmen students

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Karanganyar, Central Java   /   Fri, September 29, 2017   /   09:49 am
Two campus seniors declared guilty for deaths of freshmen students Muhammad Wahyudi and Angga Septiawan sit before the panel of judges at the Karanganyar District Court on Thursday. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

The Karanganyar District Court has declared two defendants guilty of being involved in hazing practices that led to the death of three freshmen students at the Yogyakarta-based Indonesian Islamic University (UII).

Presiding judge Mujiyono handed down the verdict to Muhammad Wahyudi and Angga Septiawan in a trial on Thursday. The defendants were sentenced to five years and six months in prison and six years in prison, respectively.

“They were involved in abuse that led to the deaths of three students,” he said at the trial.

The two defendants were proven to have violated article 351 of the Criminal Code on assault.

The trial delivered evidence that the two committed assault by kicking, hitting and slapping the freshmen, Mujiyono said.

The sentences were lighter than eight-year sentences sought by prosecutors.

The judges argued that Wahyudi and Angga played different roles in the assault, and hence deserved different sentences.

The week-long orientation program held on the slopes of Mount Lawu in Central Java in January turned violent. Three people passed away in the program and 14 other students were injured.

Eight people have been tried in the case. The legal process for six other defendants in the case is still ongoing. (rin)