Indonesia: Jakarta’s Christian governor jailed for two years for blasphemy

Source: Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]

“In a shock verdict the Christian Governor of Jakarta has been jailed for two years for blaspheming against Islam despite the prosecution requesting only a suspended sentence for the lesser offence of inciting hatred. The five-judge panel of the North Jakarta District Court ordered the arrest of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, saying he had been found convincingly guilty of blaspheming against religion. The trial, which has been widely seen as a litmus test for Indonesia’s much-vaunted religious tolerance, derailed Ahok’s bid for re-election and ignited sectarian tension across Indonesia.” (05/09/17)