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Ex-principal convicted of sexual abuse, handed ‘light’ sentence

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Surabaya   /   Fri, March 27 2020   /  01:22 am

The Surabaya District Court has sentenced Ali Shodiqin, the former junior high school principal of the Surabaya State University Labschool (Labschool Unesa) in the East Java capital, to 10 months in prison after it found him guilty of sexually abusing six students.

The sentence was significantly shorter than the prosecution’s demand of six years.

The judges had charged the former principal under Article 281 of the Criminal Code on public indecency, which carries a maximum punishment of 2 years and eight months in prison, reported tribunnews.com.

Prosecutor Novan Arianto had demanded at the start of the trial that the defendant be convicted under Articles 80 and 82 on child abuse and molestation of the 2002 Child Protection Law, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.

Novan said that the prosecution was still considering whether or not to appeal the sen...