Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Family of Canadian Teacher Imprisoned in Indonesia Meets with Trudeau

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Family of Canadian Teacher Imprisoned in Indonesia Meets with Trudeau

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PM meets with family of Cdn jailed in Indonesia

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The family of a Canadian teacher convicted in Indonesia on child abuse charges says it met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week to discuss next steps in the case.

Neil Bantleman has maintained his innocence ever since he was accused of abusing three children at an international school in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

His brother, Guy Bantleman, says the family's meeting with the prime minister took place on Thursday while Trudeau was in Burlington, Ont., and focused on the government's next opportunity to bring up his brother's plight with Indonesian officials.

He says officials plan to raise the issue with the Indonesian delegation at next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Vietnam.

Last year, Indonesia's Supreme Court overturned a lower court's decision to clear Neil Bantleman of all charges and sent him back to prison on an 11-year sentence.

Guy Bantleman says his brother is encouraged by every interaction the family has with the government, particularly with Trudeau. …

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