An Indonesian army officer has been sentenced to seven months in prison for homosexuality.
An Indonesian soldier has been sentenced to seven months in prison for homosexuality, a practice the country’s military has called “deviant sexual harassment.”
On July 15, a military court ruled that a 29-year-old soldier living in Kalimantan, on the Indonesian island of Borneo, had been fired.
The decision was unveiled this week.
The 71-page verdict said the military officers had been warned by top officials about a ban on homosexual behavior in the military, but he did so.
The verdict further said that the perpetrator had damaged the reputation of the army by acting like a homosexual.
Earlier in July, an Indonesian navy member was sentenced to five months in prison for having sex with a male employee.
Last year, Amnesty International said at least 15 members of the Indonesian army or police had been fired for homosexuality in recent years.
Although homosexuality is banned in the military, it is allowed by mutual consent throughout the country, with the exception of one province in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.