The North Jakarta District Court has found outgoing Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama guilty of blasphemy for suggesting that some people had abused a Quranic verse. The judges in blasphemy case sentenced the defendant Basuki Tjahaja Purnama “Ahok” to two years imprisontment.
“The defendant is proven guilty and convicingly in blaspheme the religion, related to surah Al Maidah,” judge Dwiarso Budi Santiarto said when reading the verdict at Ministry of Agriculture’s Auditorium, South Jakarta, on Tuesday 9 May 2017.
According to the judges, there were several points that incriminating the defendant. Firstly, Ahok did not feel guilty over his statement as an insult to religion. Secondly, Ahok’s statement was harming religious harmony.
Ahok and his legal team decided to appeal.
Editor: Furqon Amrulloh