Four men involved in the gang rape and murder of a female university student on a Jakarta public minivan last year were sentenced to life in prison by the West Jakarta District Court on Tuesday.
Irwan Saleh, 22, Rohman Setiawan, 20, M. Fahri, 19, and Afriadi, 22, were found guilty of raping and killing Livia Pavita Soelistio, 21, on a West Jakarta angkot (minibus).
“[We have] decided that the four defendants are proven guilty — validly and convincingly — of committing a premeditated murder together.
[We] sentence them to life in prison,” chief judge Longser Sormin said
as he read out the verdict.
Prosecutors demanded life sentences at the start of the trial and judges saw no reason to lower the sentences.
“Due to what they did, many parents became worried about letting
their children take angkots; and they had given
statements in circles during trial,” he said.
The men accepted the sentence, said their lawyer Restu Sri Utomo.
But, Livia’s mother, Yusni Chandra, said that the court didn’t go far enough.
is not fair. They should all have been sentenced to death. She was my only
child. I’d [rather] die,” Yusni cried out in the court room.
The angkot’s driver, Rahmat, raped Livia with three other men after picking her up in front of Bina Nusantara University in West Jakarta on Aug. 16, 2011. The men then killed her and dumped her body in Cisauk, Tangerang.