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Parents decry light sentence given to son's killers

  • Theresia Sufa

    The Jakarta Post

Bogor, West Java   /   Fri, November 3, 2017   /   02:30 pm
Parents decry light sentence given to son's killers Seeking justice: Maria Agnes (center), the mother of Christian Hilarius Event Raharjo, a SMA Budi Mulia student who was killed in a gladiator-like fight in January 2016, expresses her disappointment over the court's ruling after a hearing on Nov.2. (JP/Theresia Sufa)

Maria Agnes and Vinansius Raharjo, the parents of Christian Hilarius Event Raharjo, a senior high school SMA Budi Mulia student who was killed in a gladiator-like fight in January 2016, could not hide their disappointment when a court ruled on their child’s death. They said the court’s decision was painful to them.

“We are really disappointed. Our struggle to get justice for 20 months has ended in a poor result. With such a decision, we will strive to file an appeal,” said Vinansius after the hearing at the Bogor District Court on Thursday.

(Read also: Two years imprisonment for fatal gladiator fight perpetrator in Bogor)

Maria could not stop crying after hearing the judges’ verdict.

“It seems to me that this ruling has belittled the life of our son. Since the very beginning, we objected to the actions of several parties who tried to connect the legal process with donations we had received after our son’s death.

“We needed it to cover our son’s burial costs and for ceremonial meals. They have always pointed to the donations to lessen the sentences for their children,” she said.

At the hearing, the judges’ panel sentenced the two defendants, HK and BF, to two years in prison while the third defendant, MS, received a one-and-a-half year sentence. They were also put under the supervision of a social worker for three months.

The hearing was led by presiding judge Anna Yuliana and two panel members, Rikatama Budiyantie and Siti Suryani Hasanah. (ebf)

For the sake of justice: BF, a defendant in the case listens to the judges' verdict. He was sentenced to two years in prison for his role in the killing.For the sake of justice: BF, a defendant in the case listens to the judges' verdict. He was sentenced to two years in prison for his role in the killing. (JP/Theresia Sufa)