Six charged with criminal charges over Indonesian football disaster

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Six charged with criminal charges over Indonesian football disaster

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Indonesia’s police chief has said six individuals, including police officers and organisers, are facing criminal charges for their roles in a crush at a football stadium that claimed more than 170 lives.

The maximum punishment for the crime of criminal negligence causing death is five years.

The catastrophe occurred last week when police used tear gas against fans who barged onto the field following a loss.

Numerous people attempted to escape via the doors, which led to a fatal stampede.

Public ire over the incident has been largely directed toward the police and their deployment of tear gas. In Malang, where the incident occurred, the local police chief was sacked and nine other officers were suspended.

Those now facing charges include three police officers who had tear-gassed fans, the head of the home club Arema FC’s organising committee, and one of the club’s security officers.

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