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Indonesian general jailed for slapping personnel
Publication Date : 20-09-2013
The Jakarta Military High Court has upheld a 45-day jail sentence for Army special staff member Brig. Geneneral Bambang Hermanto for hitting and slapping a subordinate.
The verdict, which was made public on the Supreme Court's official website on Thursday, said that Bambang was guilty of committing violence against the Army's cemetery division head, Maj. Sugiyono, on March 14, 2012.
The incident occurred when Sugiyono presented Bambang with documents regarding military cemeteries in Jakarta. Bambang became furious when he realized that the data was incomplete.
"The defendant took off one of his red flip-flops and slapped Sugiyono's face several times with it until he fell to the ground. The defendant said 'get up' […] and repeatedly punched the witness in the left eye," the verdict reads.
Sugiyono was later hospitalised. During the trial, Bambang testified that the erroneous data was not the only reason he had lost his temper.
Bambang accused his subordinate of misappropriating funds for cemetery maintenance work and mistreating a soldier. Sugiyono denied the accusations.
On April 10, the panel of judges at the Jakarta Military Court handed down a lighter sentence of 45 days in jail. Prosecutors had initially demanded a three-month jail term for Bambang for violating Article 131 (2) of the Military Criminal Code.