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Outgoing Jakarta Governor Gets Jail For Insulting Islam

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JAKARTA – A Jakarta court today found outgoing Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as Ahok, guilty of having insulted Islam and inciting violence and sentenced him to two years in prison.

Ahok, who lost the election for Jakarta governor last month, is due to leave office in October.

He was found guilty by the court, presided by five judges led by Dwiarso Budi Santiarto, of having insulted the religion when meeting voters in Pulau Pramuka, Kepulauan Seribu, in September last year.

Ahok was placed under custody today until he is sent to prison, the location of which has yet to be identified. He has seven days to appeal against the conviction and sentence.

The court’s decision surprised the prosecution which had asked for a one-year prison sentence and two years of supervision.

Ahok, in a statement to the judges, said he would appeal as soon as possible.

Protestors for and against Ahok had gathered outside the Agriculture Ministry building that was temporarily turned into a courthouse for the hearing.

Ahok’s supporters were seen to be crying after learning of the verdict while his adversaries recited prayers. – BERNAMA


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