Bandung, West Java (ANTARA) - The Bandung High Court handed down a death sentence to Herry Wirawan for raping his 13 female students.

Chief of the Panels of Judge at the Bandung High Court Herri Swantoro granted the sentence after the West Java High Prosecutor's Office appealed the decision of the Bandung District Court that sentenced Wirawan to life imprisonment.

"(We have) received an appeal from the public prosecutor. Hence, (we) sentence the defendant to death," Swantoro stated in Bandung, West Java, on Monday.

The judge revised several decisions of the Bandung District Court. They also decided for Wirawan to remain in custody.

In addition to the death sentence, Wirawan was required to pay more than Rp300 million in restitution. This verdict annulled the Bandung District Court's decision, which discharged Wirawan from the penalty of paying compensation to the victim.

The judge stated that the first decision to impose the restitution on Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry was contrary to the applicable law.

On February 15, Wirawan was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Bandung District Court of Justice. The verdict also dispelled some other demands, such as castration, restitution, and confiscation of assets.

On February 21, the West Java High Prosecutor filed an appeal against the decision of the Bandung District Court Judge. Prosecutors assessed that Wirawan's crime of raping 13 students, which caused some of them to get pregnant and give birth, was a very serious crime.

Wirawan started committing his immoral acts in 2016. He lured the victims with promises of financial assistance as well as by using threats. He abused the students at various places, such as hotels, inns, and even in the boarding schools he owned.

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