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Jakarta Post

Soldier jailed over same-sex relationship

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie


Jakarta   /   Sat, October 17 2020   /  01:00 am
Participants raise a rainbow flag join in march to commemorate the International Women's Day in Jakarta, on March 8, 2019. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The Semarang Military Court has sentenced a chief private, identified only as P, to one year in prison, in addition to dismissing him from the Indonesian Military (TNI) for having same-sex intercourse with another member of the military.  “[The court] declares the defendant guilty of willful disobedience [and sentences him] to a primary punishment of one year's imprisonment,” presiding judge Lt. Col. Eddy Susanto said in the verdict as reported by on Thursday. “[He is also given] the additional punishment of dismissal from military duty.” The court found P guilty of violating Article 103 of the Military Criminal Code on disobedience to service orders, after being found having sex with a subordinate. In the verdict, the panel of judges referred to a telegram issued by the TNI chief in October 2019, which prohibited all military p...