Indonesia court jails policeman over deadly soccer stampede, clears 2 officers

Flowers and supporters' tributes are placed to pay condolences to the victims of a riot and stampede following soccer match between Arema vs Persebaya, outside Kanjuruhan stadium in Malang, East Java province, Indonesia, October 4, 2022. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) - An Indonesian court on Thursday jailed a policeman but cleared two other officers of negligence over crowd control measures at a local soccer match that led to one of the world's deadliest stadium stampedes.

The October 2022 derby in Malang, East Java, between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya ended in chaos with 135 spectators killed, many crushed as they fled for exits after police fired tear gas into the crowd.

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