Neil Bantleman returns to Canada after years in Indonesian prison, family says

Neil Bantleman

Neil Bantleman returns to Canada after years in Indonesian prison, family says

His family has requested that media outlets respect his privacy.

Bantleman's brother, Guy Bantleman, did not immediately provide details of his sibling's release or exact location. He also expressed his gratitude to the Canadian government for their commitment, support and steadfastness.

"We are ecstatic that we've got this saga behind us", Guy said. I have no doubt that without her love and commitment, this day would not have been possible.

The men were initially convicted, saw those convictions overturned, then ultimately went back to prison when Indonesia's highest court reinstated the original decision and sentenced them to 11 years behind bars.

The Canadian teacher who was convicted of crimes against three children at an worldwide school in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta was brought back to Canada thanks to the work of consular officials in Indonesia, CTV News Channel's Michel Boyer reported.

He and his co-accused were sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman sits beside his wife Tracy shortly after his release from Cipinang prison in Jakarta, August 14, 2015.

The pair have always maintained their innocence and the lack of transparency in the case was criticized by Canada and the United States, adding to concern about the lack of legal certainty in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. An investigation by CBC TV's The Fifth Estate found that critical pieces of the evidence used to convict were seriously flawed. He said part of the conditions of his release was that it remain as quiet as possible.

The Canadian teacher who was convicted of crimes against young boys in Indonesia was brought back to Canada thanks to the work of consular officials in Indonesia, CTV News Channel's Michel Boyer reported.

His return to Canada marks the end of a lengthy saga that centred around a prestigious worldwide school in the Indonesian capital and ultimately involved considerable legal wrangling as well as lobbying from Canadian government officials. The ministry of Global Affairs declined to comment on Bantleman's release.

Last October, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Bantleman's family in Burlington, Ont. and said his government had been working with Indonesian officials to obtain a "positive outcome" in his case.

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