Indonesian police charge six people over soccer disaster

Indonesian police charge six people over soccer disaster

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesian police said Thursday they are bringing criminal charges against three officers and three civilians for their role in killing 131 people when police fired tear gas inside a soccer stadium. And he was afraid to leave. broken down

National police chief Listio Sigit Prabowo said the suspects include Baru, head of Indonesia’s PT Liga, which governs the country’s top professional soccer division and is responsible for ensuring stadiums have the proper operating certificates. He said that Malang City Stadium did not meet the conditions for the certificate and was not properly approved.

The game’s chief executive officer, chief security officer and three police officers are also being charged, Prabhu said.

The charges include negligence causing death or serious injury and breach of Indonesia’s sports law and code of ethics for officials. The maximum penalty is up to five years in prison.

He said that the head of operations of the Malang Police Command believes that the international football organization FIFA has advised on the use of tear gas in the stadiums.

“However, he did not stop or forbid the use of tear gas to secure the match,” Prabowo said in a televised news conference.

He said two other police officers ordered their subordinates to fire tear gas. There were 11 officers who actually fired tear gas, causing widespread panic as bystanders tried to flee, he said.

There was a delay in opening Gates 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, where many fans were crushed.

“Doors must open five minutes before the end of the game. When they opened, the openings were only 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) wide, and the gate guards were not in place,” Prabhu said.

According to the recommendations of FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation, exits from stadiums must be open at all times during the match for safety purposes. These rules do not necessarily apply to domestic or national leagues but are still a safety standard, as is the recommendation against using tear gas as a crowd control measure.

Around 42,000 Arima FC fans attended Saturday’s match, in which Arima were beaten 3-2 by Persabaya in their first home defeat to their rival in 23 years. After the defeat, angry fans stormed the field, prompting police to fire tear gas.

“In our investigation, we found that there was no emergency plan to handle specific cases as required in the Indonesian Football Association’s 2021 Security and Safety Regulations.” Prabhu said.

The Indonesian Football Association has banned Arima from hosting any matches with its supporters in Malang until next year.

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