Indonesian police arrest six people for stadium rush

Indonesian police arrest six people for stadium rush

Indonesian police on Thursday charged six people, including three police officers, with negligence and other charges in Saturday’s stampede at a football stadium that killed 131 and injured more than 460.

National Police Chief Listyo Sigit Prabowo announced this at a press conference in which he stated that, among other things, Articles 359 and 360 of the Criminal Code have been submitted for negligence resulting in death or serious injury.

The suspects include the president of the Indonesian football league Ahmad Hadian Lukita, as well as Abdul Haris, the director of the Arema club and the security chief of Kanjuruhan stadium, Suko Sutrisno.

Prabowo said they are investigating the use of tear gas that triggered the stampede during the match between Arema and Persebaya Surabaya, the visiting team, at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang city, Java island.

After losing 2-3, Arema fans took to the field leading to clashes with police, who responded with batons and tear gas, causing a stampede of thousands of people.

The fatalities include two police officers and 33 minors between the ages of 4 and 17.

There were no fans of the rival team as it was agreed that they would not be there to avoid clashes.

The police chief explained that many victims died of suffocation and fractures when they tried to escape through some doors that were only 1.5 meters open, causing a large crowd.

Prabowo also indicated that there were security issues at the stadium that had not been remedied since 2020.

So far, authorities have suspended 10 police officers, including the Malang police chief, as they investigate another 20 officers for their role in Saturday’s events.

The images of terror went around the world and under pressure from inside and outside the country, Indonesian President Joko Widodo decided to open an independent investigation to identify those responsible for the tragedy and evaluate the actions of the police.

Source: El heraldo