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Newsline: Indonesia court rejects sex abuse lawsuit against U.S.-embassy school

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. The Jakarta Intercultural School, a U.S.-embassy backed school, was sued for $125 million last year by a parent who claimed her son had been sexually abused by staff on school grounds. Many expatriates and diplomats in Jakarta send their children to the school, previously known as the Jakarta International School. “The lawsuit is not accepted because the charges are not clear and the evidence presented is not enough to prove wrongdoing on the part of the school,” Judge Haswandi told a packed Jakarta courtroom.



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