Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rally Held in Calgary for Teacher Sentenced to 10 Years in Indonesian Jail

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rally Held in Calgary for Teacher Sentenced to 10 Years in Indonesian Jail

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Rally held for teacher jailed in Indonesia

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CALGARY - A rally has been held in front of Calgary's city hall to protest the conviction of a former Calgary teacher who was found guilty of sexually abusing students at an international school in Indonesia.

More than 100 former colleagues and friends of Neil Bantleman, 46, of Burlington, Ont., were there Wednesday, calling on the federal government for help.

Bantleman and a teaching assistant were both working at the elite Jakarta Intercultural School when they were arrested last July following reports from parents of a six-year-old boy who claimed to have been sodomized.

Bantleman and Ferdinant Tjiong were charged with sexually abusing three children at the school, underwent a trial that saw conflicting evidence and were eventually convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Both men maintained their innocence and frequently voiced criticisms about the fairness and transparency of the trial.

During it, medical reports from three different hospitals in Jakarta and Singapore showed no major injuries or abnormalities in the three children at the centre of the case. …

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