A Central Kalimantan lawmaker has been charged with setting seven elementary schools in Palangkaraya on fire in July. (Antara Photo/Jojon)

Central Kalimantan Lawmaker Charged With Setting Schools on Fire


SEPTEMBER 06, 2017

Jakarta. Yansen Binti, a local parliament member from the Gerindra Party in Central Kalimantan, has been charged with masterminding the burning of seven elementary schools in the provincial capital of Palangkaraya, the National Police reported on Wednesday (06/09). 

Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasisto said they are still investigating why Yansen had allegedly ordered a group of men to set the schools on fire.

"We're still not sure what his motive could be. We'll soon find out," Setyo said in Jakarta on Wednesday, adding that Yansen, who is also the head of the Dayak Youth in the province, was brought to Jakarta to avoid harassment from the public.

Police earlier arrested seven other suspects, including a local journalist.

The seven elementary schools — SDN 1 Palangka, SDN 4 Menteng, SDN 4 Langkai, SDN 1 Langkai, SDN 5 Langkai, SDN 8 Palangka and SDN 1 Menteng — were burnt down in July.