A Jakarta court on Monday threw out a multi-million dollar sex abuse lawsuit against an international school, raising hopes for two teachers who were jailed in a related case that had triggered concerns about the justice system in Indonesia.
Monday’s ruling came after two teachers, a Canadian national and an Indonesian national, were jailed in April for abusing kindergarten pupils in a separate criminal case that critics say was fraught with irregularities.
“Hopefully this case can have a positive impact for our teachers who we believe are innocent,” he said.
Members of the foreign community welcomed Monday’s verdict, saying it would boost confidence in the judicial system, which is often seen as one of the least credible and consistent institutions in the country.
“If the future of the school is secured, then this judgment sends the right message to the foreign investment community going forward,” said Lin Neumann, head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Jakarta.