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Ex-cop in ‘brave’ fight with Indo police after being sacked for being gay

In an increasing homophobic country, one former brigadier is taking a stand by suing to get his ‘dream job’ back

Stanley Widianto

The first gay Indonesian police officer to sue the conservative country’s police force for wrongful dismissal due to sexual orientation was back in court this week, determined to be reinstated.

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

The landmark case in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation was initially thrown out last year after a judge told Teguh he had to wait until the police internal appeals process was completed. That is now over and Teguh refiled his suit in August in what rights groups say is the first case of its kind...

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