Gay Indonesian policeman loses legal bid for reinstatement – lawyers

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01/08/2021

JAKARTA (Reuters) – A gay Indonesian policeman dismissed from the force because of his sexual orientation has lost his legal fight to be reinstated, after a Central Java court rejected his lawsuit, his lawyers said on Thursday. Tri Teguh Pujianto, a 31-year-old former police brigadier, was fired in 2018 after 10 years in the job, after police from a different town apprehended he and his partner on Valentine’s Day when they were saying their goodbyes at his partner’s workplace. Teguh’s lawyers from the non-governmental group Community Legal Aid Institute in a statement said the local administrative court had rejected his suit. The court’s website confirmed that a decision had been made but did not state the outcome. A court official contacted by Reuters did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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