Indonesian court sentences school teacher to death over rape of 13 students


An Indonesian court in Bandung has found school teacher, Herry Wirawan, guilty and sentenced him to death for raping 13 of his students at an Islamic boarding school and impregnating at least eight of the victims.

Wirawan, 36, had been sentenced to life in prison in February but prosecutors, who had requested the death penalty and chemical castration, filed an appeal.

“We accept the appeal of the prosecutors,” read the judge’s statement, published on Monday on the website of the High Court in Bandung, West Java province.

“We hereby punish the defendant to a death sentence.”

Wirawan was not in court for the appeal, a spokesperson told AFP.

His prosecution and sentencing drew national attention to sexual abuse in the country’s religious schools. (Source: CNA)