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Hello, I'm Samantha Hawley,
the ABC's Indonesia correspondent. I'm here at Cipinang prison,
in east Jakarta, where the Canadian teacher
Neil Bantleman, his Indonesian assistant,
and five school cleaners are serving lengthy prison terms
for alleged child sex abuse. Last week
we brought you their story, as told by the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation's Fifth Estate program. Tonight, Foreign Correspondent
picks up their story, and brings you a number
of twists and turns. But first, a relook
at last week's story, by reporter Mark Kelly. It was their love
of teaching and travel that brought them to Indonesia,
where they both landed jobs at the elite
Jakarta International School. Certainly felt, the first time
that we walked on campus, it had that feel, that yeah,
something great is happening here. It began with rumours
rippling through the campus.

When a mother comes to the school and says that my child
has been sexually abused, why would anybody
think that it didn't happen? Six cleaners were arrested,
five men and a woman. Then you could start thinking,
what else is coming? Where is this going?

Neil and teaching assistant
Ferdinand Tjiong were called into the police station
for questioning. The things
running through your head. Is this a movie?
Is this a nightmare?

He looked so broken. I grabbed him, and held him, and he just said,
"Get me out of here." But standing in their way
was a mother on a mission, convinced her boy and others had been sexually abused
at the Jakarta International School. So this is the confirmation. That's the confirmation.
Right. Beyond a reasonable doubt, this child has not ever
been exposed to herpes. Do you believe that Neil Bantleman
sexually abused your son? Yes.

Neil Bantleman and Ferdinand Tjiong were convicted
and sentenced to 10 years. I am deeply disturbed and appalled
by the decision of this panel of judges
at the South Jakarta District Court.

Neil Bantleman spent 13 months
in a maximum-security prison. But last August,
a dramatic breakthrough. Not guilty.

The Indonesian High Court
overturned the convictions. The court dismissed the testimony
of the young boys, and also found the contradictions
in the medical evidence. The case collapsed. Neil Bantleman and Ferdi Tjiong
were both acquitted. After more than a year in prison,
the men were finally free, their nightmare seemingly over. Thank you, everybody,
for all your support and hard work over the last 13 months. We're happy
that the Indonesian legal system has proved its worth, and made the right decision
and set us free. But the celebration was short-lived. Within days,
the Indonesian Justice Department announced it
was appealing their release.

Here, at the office
of the District Attorney for South Jakarta,
the tough-on-crime posters reveal the populist politics
of the Indonesian government. Inside, prosecutor Sarjono Turin
and his staff are busy preparing their case,
to try to send Bantleman back to prison to finish serving
his 10-year sentence.

So, at the end of the day, you believe that Neil Bantleman
is guilty.

In the office of Bantleman's lawyer
there is an eerie air of uncertainty that perhaps, in this country,
justice isn't blind. In a startling admission,
Hotman Paris concedes that, given the outpouring of public anger
around this case, he has his doubts
Bantleman can win. What have you told Neil to expect?

I told Neil that,
based on past experience, you know, anything could happen. So just prepare yourself, I said.
That's all I could say. And he knows that. So he's ready for anything. As for Pipit, the mother
who spearheaded the campaign against Bantleman, her $125 million
civil case against the school was recently dismissed. But she remains determined,
and defiant. I will fight until - until end. No matter it is, you know? People can call me crazy,
or crazy mum. I don't care,
but my son know what I'm doing. You're fighting for your son.
Yes, I'm fighting for my son.

All along, Neil and Tracy
knew they could count on the support of the school,
their friends and colleagues. Comforting as that may be,
they still felt powerless in the face
of a precarious justice system.

Then, the disaster they feared. 25 February, the Bantlemans
were on a quiet getaway outside Jakarta
when they got the news. The supreme court overturned
Neil and Ferdi Tjiong's acquittal. Worse, the judges added an extra yea
to their sentence, sending them back to prison
for 11 years. Neil remained defiant. Truth will prevail.

Neil will be sent back
to Cipinang maximum-security prison, and there he will join Ferdi
and the cleaners, their nightmare in Indonesia
now a bleak reality.

In February, Neil Bantleman
was returned to Cipinang prison, where he is serving
an 11-year sentence. His wife, Tracy Bantleman,
is a virtual prisoner too, in a place
she no longer wants to call home. Her only chance now
of freeing her husband is a judicial review,
with no guarantee of success. Hi, Tracy.
Hi, Samantha. How are you? Tracy Bantleman
lives in South Jakarta, home to the wealthiest
Indonesians and expatriates. In a city beset by poverty,
it is a rich suburban oasis. But it is no compensation
for the daily stress and strain. I think we realised,
once this case was pushed to trial, that we knew it
was going to take awhile. It was no longer a marathon,
it's - it's an ultramarathon. And as much as you
want to do everything you can, every moment of every day,
you really need to pace yourself, because it's exhausting,
it's extremely stressful.

Tracy is up early
to prepare food for her husband. She wants to keep him healthy
in jail. That includes sparing him
from the prison food. She makes fresh food every day, as the prisoners don't have access
to refrigeration. The coffee is not a necessity,
but behind bars, it is a luxury. This is the third facility
they've been held in, and this is the worst. The prison has a huge number
of drug addicts. There's a big issue inside,
and Neil and Ferdi are exposed to those individuals
who are drug users, people
who are serving life sentences, people who are on death row. It's a different kind of scenario
altogether. You have to block it out. If you let your mind
go into a cycle of worry and fear, it will wreck you. and so Neil and I have agreed
to stay calm, to stay strong.

It is a three- to four-hour road tri
to the jail, through Jakarta's incessant noise
and traffic, and the time is used to make phone calls to Neil's
supporters, and his mum in Canada. Just wishing you a happy belated
Mother's Day. Oh, thank you very much. I sincerely hope that,
by your birthday in September, we're home. We can take you out for dinner. Neil Bantleman and his
teaching assistant Ferdinand Tjiong have served 17 months
of their 11-year sentence. I think people are taking notice,
yeah. I think the public
is really understanding that this crime did not happen,
and this story was all made up. Nobody questioned how illogical
it all was at the time, and how much, you know,
hysteria was created. And they were proven guilty
by public opinion, you know, and the media. So we've been fighting back
for two years. I just hope that we're close
to the end of this fight. Since mid-2014, this has been
Tracy's very own Groundhog Day. It is a slow, arduous
process before she will see Neil. A surreal, daily ritual
in a foreign nation. We're the only family
here in Jakarta. All of our family is back in Canada.

We have friends
who've become family here, but we need to support one another. I know Neil is innocent.
He knows he's innocent. It needs to be known
that I'm standing beside my husband because he's an innocent man. I love him very much.
Nothing happened.

On the other side of the city
of 10 million people, another woman
is living an almost parallel horror. It is morning rush hour
in the outlying Jakarta suburb of South Tangerang,
home to more than a million people, mainly lower-paid workers
and their families, including Sunarti,
the wife of Agun Iskandar, one of the six cleaners
accused of sexually assaulting a kindergarten child at the school.

Agun Iskandar was sentenced
to eight years in prison on 22 December, 2014. One of his fellow cleaners
never made it to trial. He died in police custody. The police say he committed suicide,
but a photograph obtained by his family
raised suspicions. It is alleged he
was beaten by police, along with four
of the other cleaners, before they were forced
to sign false confessions. The female employee never confessed.

The family of the cleaner
who died in police custody is too afraid to talk.

Sunarti is also frightened of the police
who investigated the case.

Agun and Sunarti have one daughter,
Nabila, who, at two, has only ever seen her
father in jail. That's him playing the guitar.

Photos and videos
from inside the jail are treasured by the family. Sunarti survives
on donations and other support, from what is now known
as the Jakarta Intercultural School. The school
continues to pay Agun's wage, of about $AU350 per month.

Sunarti
is taking daily sewing lessons, that she hopes will give her
a future income. They are also a welcome distraction
from her grief.

For Sunarti, too,
it is a long journey to the prison. She travels 40 kilometres
to visit Agun in jail and,
apart from the help from the school, is at the mercy
of the Indonesian justice system.

Sunarti is one of the many victims
in this case, according to former Australian
police officer Chris O'Connor, who gave evidence for the defence. He was employed
as a child protection adviser by the school. Where's the evidence? It's as simple as that. Where is the evidence? There is none. Chris O'Connor is the former head
of the child exploitation unit and the sexual crimes squad
in the Victoria Police, with a career spanning 36 years. So this is the spot, huh?
Yeah. He is here at the school
with principal Tim Carr, to revisit the alleged crime scenes
where the children were supposed to have been
sexually assaulted. First, the cleaners' crime scene, an area
outside the kindergarten toilet, where the attack
is supposed to have taken place. The openness,
from this end back to the other end, the glass windows, top and bottom,
people coming and going. Yep. For a child unaccompanied, now,
that's not going to happen, is it? No. The child's not going to be
unaccompanied. No. Tim Carr takes Chris O'Connor
to the staff recreation area. It's completely open.
Yeah, it's a fishbowl. It's a fishbowl. Another alleged crime scene implicating Neil Bantleman
and Ferdi Tjiong. People are in and out of this room
all day long, and people eating their lunch,
having a snack, having a coffee, having a rest, doing some study. No secret rooms? Chris O'Connor is also concerned
the children's testimonies suggest they were coached by adults. And it's not the case of children
making up stories. It's a case of biased adults
putting stories into the minds of children, and have essentially
brainwashed the children into believing that these
have occurred. Once a child
takes on a false report, much of the research
that we have here indicates that a large number
of children will embellish the false report. He is calling on the United Nations to conduct an independent
human rights investigation into the cleaners' convictions. Surely we need a conclusion
on these allegations of torture before we
can really come to a determinant as to the reliability
of those statements, those confessions. Cleaner Afrischa Setyani
was convicted without a statement. She refused to sign a confession. Because there was no other evidence. Has she
been convicted by association?

If that's the case, again,
justice has not been done. I'm prepared to offer up my personal
and professional reputation, to unequivocally declare
that these seven people did not commit the offences
for which they've been convicted.

In the judgement,
the South Jakarta District Court threw out the testimony
from Chris O'Connor, declaring he was not an expert
in the case, and had no contact
with the children or defendants. The judges accused him
of insulting Indonesia's dignity, and suggesting the Indonesian police
have less ability then him. No-one from the prosecution
would be interviewed for this program. But the Indonesian Police Commission the government body
that watches over the police, wants the case reopened. Dr Nasser was a member
of the Police Commission at the time of the school trial.

In your view,
is the police investigation sound?

While the judges
rejected the defence case, they did give weight
to a key prosecution witness, a sexologist
who works out of this clinic in the wealthier part of Jakarta. Dr Naek Tobing
was used by the prosecution to assess whether Neil Bantleman's
sex life caused him to become a paedophile. And they asked me to interview them
in the police office, yeah. And I did that, yeah, for twice.

Drawing from Dr Tobing's testimony
about Neil Bantleman's sex life, the initial judgement finds:

So the judges concluded:

But when Foreign Correspondent
paid a visit to Dr Tobing's clinic, he expressed shock and surprise
that the men had been re-jailed. He even stopped the interview
to ask for a copy of his report to the court. Oh, so this is the conclusion
about Neil Bantleman, yeah. 45 years old, Canadian. So the courts used your evidence
to point to a problem with Neil Bantleman's sexual desire. Did you know that?
No. You didn't know that the court
used your evidence? No.

Dr Tobing says the judges
have jumped to the wrong conclusions In my mind this, what you call it,
this testimony cannot relate someone
to be a paedophile. Yeah. Why do you think, then, the court
used your evidence so strongly? Why do you think the court
pointed to your report? I don't know. So probably
they want to punish them.

When the Canadian was returned
to jail in February this year, the Indonesian ambassadors of Canada
the US, the UK and Australia spoke out against the court decision The American Ambassador
was particularly scathing. In a statement,
Robert Blake said America was: And:

Last month, through one its
most senior and powerful ministers, Luhut Pandjaitan,
Indonesia hit back.

And the Minister for Legal Affairs
issued this warning to the Indonesian government's
detractors.

When we're in Jakarta,
it's almost like, at home, being under house arrest.

For Tracy Bantleman,
the days are long and lonely.

I mean, there are those moments,
when we're holding each other, when we get to see each other,
when we visit, when we just repeat to each other, "I love you, I love you, I love you.
It's going to be OK." But you can't cry yourself
to sleep at night. No, I'm so exhausted,
I hit the pillow, and luckily I can sleep. But first thing in the morning,
when you wake up, you're like, is this really happening again?

Her weekly schedule
is set in stone. Visits to the jail, the lawyers, and every Friday night
there is a vigil at the school. Neil and Ferdi!
ALL: Free, free, free!

The injustice is massive. But that doesn't mean
it's insurmountable. And so we'll keep climbing,
and fighting, for as long as it takes. So I just thank you very much
for whatever ways I know you are supporting. Being here, tweeting, writing,
sending messages, making meals, sending cards. Neil and I sit
and read through all the cards, and that gives us a lot of joy
and hope. So thank you for doing that.
They do mean a lot to us. Thank you.

The Friday night vigil at the school
also raises much-needed funds for Sunarti and her family.

She has no doubt
her husband is innocent.

Tracy Bantleman
is now pinning her hopes on a judicial review. Her biggest challenge
is to keep sane and calm, for the months
and perhaps years ahead. So right now, in my mind,
I'm giving a very large timeframe for the judicial review. For me, my next-best hope for Neil is that we can bring him home
at Christmas.

That's the target,
you can't live pass that. Otherwise, it'll bring you down.

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