09 March 2023 at 10:12
A court in Indonesia has sentenced two men over the stadium disaster that killed 135 people last year.
A man involved in organizing the football match in October was jailed for a year and a half for “negligence that killed people”. A security officer was sentenced to a year in prison, also for negligence.
The drama in Malang in East Java is one of the biggest stadium disasters ever. Riots broke out after a match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya at Kanjuruhan Stadium. Thousands of supporters from both teams stormed the pitch.
Police used tear gas to disperse the fans. People were also kicked and beaten with batons. Dozens of people died of oppression, others later died in hospital.
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The use of tear gas was the main cause of the stadium disaster
The National Human Rights Commission investigated the riots in November. It showed that the use of 45 tear gas grenades caused panic, causing people to flee the stadium. In doing so, many were oppressed.
Investigators concluded that excessive and indiscriminate use of tear gas was the main cause of the stadium disaster. The commission further states that the death toll increased because doors were closed, the stadium was overcrowded and safety measures were not observed. FIFA has banned the use of tear gas in stadiums.
The convictions are the first in the trial. Three police officers have also been charged. Their sentences will be announced later.
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