Indonesia football stampede negligence trial begins

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An Indonesian court on Monday began a trial of a handful of police officers and football match organisers on charges of criminal negligence for their role in one of the world’s deadliest football stadium stampedes in Java last October. The disaster, in which 135 people died, occurred after a match at Kanjuruhan stadium in Malang, East Java, sparking questions about safety provisions and the use of tear gas, a crowd-control measure banned by football’s global governing body, FIFA. A court in Surabaya will hear charges against five people, including three police officials and one security office…

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