Yusman Telaumbanua, a former death row convict, poses during his visit to The Jakarta Post with human rights group KontraS to talk about the need to abolish the death penalty on Oct. 6, 2023. Yusman was sentenced to capital punishment in 2013 when he was still 16 years old, claiming the police fabricated his age to make him eligible for the death penalty. (JP/Radhiyya Indra)
When Yusman Telaumbanua was dragged into court in 2013 with barely an understanding of the Indonesian language, the 15-year-old from Nias Island, North Sumatra, was forced to admit a crime he did not commit.
“I was beaten by the police during the interrogation, and they said I should say yes to whatever the judge said about me so I could be released quicker,” former death row inmate Yusman told The Jakarta Post on Oct. 6.
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● Sat, October 14, 2023