Neil Bantleman's wife thanks Canadian government for support
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"What the Canadian government has done in terms of support for Neil — making the statement and having ministers speak out on his behalf — is extremely helpful here in Jakarta and allows the embassy to move fully forward and engage at the highest levels with all the diplomatic tools that they have to find a speedy and just resolution," she said in an interview with CBC News.
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Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion said Thursday the government "is deeply dismayed and shocked" by an Indonesian Supreme Court decision to overturn Bantleman's acquittal and add another year to his sentence, on allegations that he sexually abused three children at a private school in Jakarta.
You have to use every little bit of resilience and diplomacy to hold your head high in the face of injustice.- Tracy Bantleman , wife of teacher charged with sexual assault in Indonesia
It was the strongest show of public support the government has extended since Bantleman was arrested in 2014.
Tracy Bantleman told CBC News she would like to thank Dion for making the statement.
In 2014, Bantleman, 46, and Tjiong, an Indonesian teaching assistant, were convicted on charges of abusing kindergarten students at the Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS), where the children of many expatriates, diplomats and wealthy Indonesians are enrolled.
Boy's tests came back negative
"It's using a test that's not reliable," Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti said.
The fifth estate said the woman, who sparked the investigation at the school agreed to get one more independent test done in Europe.
She said she urged him to remain strong and calm as he was ordered to return to Cipinang Prison, the same prison in eastern Jakarta where Tjiong was incarcerated on Thursday.