Neil Bantleman 'scared, fragile' in Indonesian jail, wife says
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Neil Bantleman, A Canadian teacher has been detained in Indonesia for more than two weeks, alleged to have sexually assaulted three students at the school where he taught.
Tracy, who also taught at the school too, stays to visit for as long as she can. That's what she's done for each of the last 18 days.
He is so scared inside. He is fragile.- Tracy Bantleman
"Leaving is the hardest part. Having to leave your husband and knowing and hearing when you hug him, his heart is racing. And holding him it doesn't matter. His heart rate is not going down. He is so scared inside. He is fragile," Tracy Bantleman said in a Skype interview from Jakarta late Thursday.
Two more were planed for 10 a.m. in Alberta. One scheduled for Okotoks, where the couple last lived, and in Calgary at the Webber Academy where they previously taught.
They also tell her to keep Bantleman longer, prosecutors would have needed to file a letter with the court a week ago.
No letter has been sent to Bantleman or his lawyers. But Tracy Bantleman said, "Nothing, at this point will surprise us. We have continually hit a brick wall."
So too did Ferdinand Tjiong, an Indonesian teaching assistant also arrested in the alleged sexual assault, which started in March when six cleaners were arrested for raping a young boy in March.
On July 14, Bantleman and Tjiong voluntarily went in for police questioning, but they've never left.
"They go to sleep, they're hopeful. They wake up and they're in a dark reality," Tracy said.
Tracy Bantleman said to pass the time her husband is teaching Tjiong yoga. He, in turn, is teaching Bantleman chess. They're both watching a lot of KungFu movies, but there isn't much rest in a prison that holds some 100 men in one block, and 100 more facing more serious violent crimes in another.