Indonesian Court Sentences Ex Governor To 2 Years In Prison For Blasphemy

Christian Indonesian governor jailed for ‘blasphemy’ against Islam

Christian Indonesian governor jailed for ‘blasphemy’ against Islam

"We will file an appeal to challenge the decision", The Jakarta Post cited Wayan as saying after the head judge of a Jakarta court found the Christian governor to "have legitimately and convincingly conducted a criminal act of blasphemy" against Islam.

However, President Joko Widodo, who is a key ally of Purnama, had called for restraint over the trial and urged all sides to respect the legal process.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday in a south Jakarta courtroom over comments he made regarding what he believed to be the misinterpretation of certain verses of the Quran.

Earlier, the panel of judges found Ahok guilty of committing a religious blasphemy and issued a warrant to immediately arrest Ahok and sent him to the Cipinang detention center in east Jakarta.

The Islamist opposition to Ahok started in 2014 when he became the Governor of Jakarta, but intensified with the blasphemy case and subsequent protests. Hard-line Islamic groups who called for the maximum penalty of five years said it was too lenient, but Mr Purnama's supporters said it was too harsh and that he should be acquitted.

Ahok was sentenced to two years in prison, though prosecutors had previously sought a reduced sentence after the incumbent's loss in the capital's gubernatorial run-off election in April. You can't purport to support religious freedom and tolerance when sentencing someone to serve two years in jail for what amounts to a mistaken translation.

Ahok was charged with blasphemy after he said that clerics were misleading voters by telling them that Muslims were not allowed to vote for a Christian.

On 27 September 2016, Ahok reportedly quoted a Qur'anic verse on the campaign trail while addressing concerns that his political opponents may use the verse to discourage people from voting for him as a non-Muslim.

Indonesia is the world's most-populous Muslim country.

Prosecutors had originally requested a one-year jail term, suspended for two years.

Andreas Harsono of Human Rights Watch called the verdict "a huge setback" for Indonesia's record of tolerance for minorities.

His supporters delivered thousands of red and white balloons to City Hall ahead of Tuesday's court session.

They are to be succeeded by the victors of the recently concluded Jakarta gubernatorial election, Governor-elect Anies Baswedan and Vice Governor-elect Sandiaga Uno, in October.

The trial came after a series of major protests against the leader, known by his nickname Ahok, in the capital that drew hundreds of thousands onto the streets.

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