Indonesia prosecutors demand 1-yr jail term for Jakarta governor

KYODO NEWS KYODO NEWS - Apr 20, 2017 - 14:08 | World, All

Indonesian government prosecutors on Thursday demanded a one-year jail term with two years' probation for the Chinese-Christian governor of Jakarta on blasphemy charges, a day after he failed to be re-elected in the capital's gubernatorial election.

Gov. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known by his Chinese name Ahok, has denied the blasphemy charges. The trial is seen by many as a test for the secular but predominantly Muslim country in upholding its religious freedom amid pressure from hard-liners opposed to having a non-Muslim lead the capital.

The governor, who conceded defeat in Wednesday's runoff election to Muslim intellectual Anies Baswedan based on quick counts, was accused of blasphemy last year when edited video footage which spread on social media purported that he told local residents not to be deceived by a verse in the Quran.

Apr 20, 2017 | KYODO NEWS