Updated October 30, For Tracy Bantleman it has been a long battle to free her husband, who she says, without a skerrick of doubt, is innocent of the most damning of charges. Canadian man Neil Bantleman, a former teacher at the prestigious Jakarta Intercultural School, was first jailed in for allegedly sexually abusing kindergarten children. He was briefly released in February on appeal, but his freedom was short lived and he was jailed again by a higher court. He will continue to serve his year jail term in Jakarta's grossly overcrowded Cipinang prison. The decision again shines a spotlight on the quality, independence and integrity of Indonesia's judicial system. The school, independent investigators, and the United States, British, Canadian and Australian embassies in Jakarta have all questioned the legitimacy of the guilty verdict.
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Bantleman and an Indonesian teacher had been acquitted of sexually abusing students at an international school in Jakarta after having been convicted in a case that has had many twists and turns. But they maintained innocence and filed appeals to the High Court, which acquitted them in August. Bantleman and teaching assistant Tjiong were convicted of abusing kindergarten students at the Jakarta Intercultural School. Get a roundup of the most important and intriguing national stories delivered to your inbox every weekday. Please see our Commenting Policy for more. World Canada Local. Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman sex abuse acquittal overturned in Indonesia. Full Menu Search Menu.
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Teacher Neil Bantleman has returned to Canada as a free man after being granted clemency in Indonesia. The Canadian teacher who was convicted of crimes against three children at an international school in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta was brought back to Canada thanks to the work of consular officials in Indonesia, CTV News Channel's Michel Boyer reported. He said part of the conditions of his release was that it remain as quiet as possible. Her tireless efforts with the coordination and communication between our legal team, school, Embassy and family in Canada was the key to securing my freedom.