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‘Novum,’ tale of minor on death row

  • Margareth S. Aritonang and Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, October 31, 2017   /  11:32 am
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Poster of "Novum" film.(Courtesy of Kontras/file)

Being spared from death marked the first step for Yusman Telaumbanua to become an advocate for a more humane judicial system. Now a free man, the 21-yearold, who recently avoided execution, aspires to become a human rights lawyer to help others whose lives are at risk because of a heavyhanded judiciary, just like his was. “I want to go back to school so that I can study the law,” he said. Yusman was high spirited as he shared his future plans on the sidelines of the screening of Novum, a 21-minute documentary on his journey toward avoiding execution, on Sunday. It briefly relates the story of the years of struggle that Yusman and his team of lawyers from the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) went through to challenge the death sentence imposed on him. Former death row inmate Yusman Telaumbanua, 21, shares his experience since he was ...