ISTANBUL (AA) – Five people including three police officers stood trial on Monday for Indonesian football tragedy that killed more than 100 people last year.
The court hearing was held in Surabaya district, East Java province, which saw three police officers, a security officer and a soccer match organizer charged with “criminal negligence” at Kanjuruhan football stadium where 125 people were killed due to a stampede and riots during a football game last October.
Authorities had to shift the hearing online due to fear of an attack on the accused by public.
Three judges are hearing the case which is among the world’s biggest football tragedies, local Kompas TV reported.
If found guilty, the accused may go to jail for at least five years.
After supporters of the losing home team stormed the pitch in Malang region of East Java province, officers fired tear gas to disperse them, triggering a stampede and cases of suffocation.
According to police estimates, around 40,000 spectators attended the game, and 3,000 of them rushed on to the pitch.