In a hearing at the South Jakarta District Court in Indonesia’s capital, judges rejected the Burlington man’s application to dismiss his charges, ordering him to stand trial for allegedly raping three boys at the international school where he taught.
Judges said the prosecution’s case is valid and that some of the defence’s objections are matters to be raised only at trial.
A Canadian man goes on trial accused of sexually assaulting children at one of Indonesia's most prestigious international schools, the most high-profile court case yet in a long-running scandal.
Duration: JAKARTA, INDONESIA — A sombre Neil Bantleman walked out of court Tuesday morning into the arms of a crying wife, with a prisoner’s vest still over his clothes and a months-long child sex abuse trial looming just a week away.“I just want this to be over,” Tracy Bantleman said amidst tears as she walked her husband back to his holding cell — his 155th day in custody.
Lawyers said the time frame for the alleged assaults — sometime between 20 — was too broad to allow Bantleman and Tjiong to defend themselves with alibis.