Former Jakarta Governor Challanges Two Years Decisions on Blasphemy Case

By | February 19, 2018 Leave a Comment
By The Indonesianist

Basuki Tjahaya Purnama. Photo: Youtube

Former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaya Purnama proposed a judicial review petition over blasphemy case that caused him being sentenced for two years in jail.

Head of Law and Public Relations Bureau of the Supreme Court, Abdullah said that Purnama's legal counsel has filed the lawsuit on February 2.

"The head of the North Jakarta District Court has appointed the Judge to examine the petition or evidence as the basis or reason for filing a judicial review," said Abdullah in a statement.

The first trial will be held on Monday, February 26, 2018.

The second hearing will be held a week later with the agenda of listening to the answers of the opponent or the Prosecutor.

Purnama has been serving a prison sentence of nearly a year since May 2017. He now being jailed in National Police Headquarter.

The case involving Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has caused uproar across the country last year and is being seen by some as a test of Indonesia’s commitment to religious tolerance and pluralism.

Purnama, a Christina and Chinese descent, was accused of publicly insulting Islam, however he said he was calling for people not to be “deceived” by those using one of Quran's verses, Al Maidah: Chapter 51, not that the verse itself was insulting.

His remarks sparked outrage among religious hardliners. They staged regular large rallies calling for him to face trial.

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