His conviction was not a surprise. The judge even awarded a punishment higher than the prosecution demanded.
JAKARTA – Outgoing Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was found guilty of blasphemy by a District Court on Tuesday (May 9) and sentenced to two years’ in jail.
The punishment meted out by the court was heavier than the two years probation state prosecutors had recommended earlier.
Basuki, better known by his Chinese nickname Ahok, told the court he will be appealing the sentence.
The court case against Basuki involves a speech to constituents last September, when he was heard referring to a verse in the Quran while telling them that they should not be misled by opponents urging Muslims to reject a non-Muslim leader. Basuki is a Christian.
A key consideration of the case was whether the governor’s comments was blasphemous against Islam, said the five-member judging panel led by presiding judge Dwiarso Budi Santiarto.
During the reading of the verdict, the judges said evidence proved that…
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