August 17, 2017

Jakarta governor Ahok found guilty of blasphemy

01The outgoing governor of Jakarta has been sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy and inciting violence.
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, was the first ethnic Chinese Christian to run Indonesia’s capital, and the case was seen as a test of the country’s religious tolerance.
He was accused of insulting Islam by referring to a verse in the Koran during a campaign speech.
Mr Purnama denied blasphemy and in court said he would mount an appeal.
His remarks about Islam had sparked outrage among religious hardliners.
They staged regular large rallies calling for him to face trial, with some extremists even calling for him to be executed.
Riot police outside court
Ahead of the verdict, protesters for and against Mr Purnama had gathered outside the Supreme Court in Jakarta demanding respectively his acquittal or a long prison sentence.
Around 15,000 security personnel from the police and military are providing security at the scene, with riot police and armoured vehicles separating the groups.
The outgoing governor of Jakarta has been sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy and inciting violence.
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, was the first ethnic Chinese Christian to run Indonesia’s capital, and the case was seen as a test of the country’s religious tolerance.
He was accused of insulting Islam by referring to a verse in the Koran during a campaign speech.
Mr Purnama denied blasphemy and in court said he would mount an appeal.
His remarks about Islam had sparked outrage among religious hardliners.
They staged regular large rallies calling for him to face trial, with some extremists even calling for him to be executed.
Riot police outside court
Ahead of the verdict, protesters for and against Mr Purnama had gathered outside the Supreme Court in Jakarta demanding respectively his acquittal or a long prison sentence.
Around 15,000 security personnel from the police and military are providing security at the scene, with riot police and armoured vehicles separating the groups.

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