Gay ex-cop loses legal bid for reinstatement


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.

Tri Teguh Pujianto, a 31-year-old former police brigadier, was fired in 2018 after 10 years on the job after police from a different town apprehended him and his partner on Valentine’s Day at his partner’s workplace.

Teguh’s lawyers from the non-governmental group Community Legal Aid Institute said on Thursday that 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.

Aisya Humaida, one of Teguh’s lawyers, said they were still considering their options, including an appeal.

She expressed disappointment at the court’s decision not to proceed with a case during which the legal team had sought to prove discrimination had occurred.

Deemed a landmark case by rights groups, it was initially thrown out in 2019 because a judge told Teguh that an internal police appeals process had yet to be completed. He resubmitted his lawsuit last August. — Reuters

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