A court in Indonesia has delayed the trial of Jakarta’s Christian Chinese Governor until after the elections, which are scheduled for April 19th. The Governor is being tried for blasphemy against the Quran in a trial pushed largely by hardline Muslim organizations with political interests. The court acknowledged the strong political nature the trial had taken and thought it would be best to delay court proceedings until after the election in fear the trial would further influence the results. The Governor, popularly known as Ahok, has broken new ground for minorities as an ethnic Chinese and Christian governor in the world’s most populous nation.
4/12/2017 Indonesia (Reuters) – An Indonesian court on Tuesday adjourned the blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor until after the city’s April 19 election, a contest pitting him against a Muslim rival that has divided the city and fanned religious tension.
The trial of Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, Jakarta’s first ethnic Chinese and Christian leader and an ally of President Joko Widodo, has raised questions about the role of religion in politics in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation.
Purnama has been allowed to campaign in the election despite his trial and prosecutors had been expected on Tuesday to call for him to be jailed on a charge of insulting Islam.
Instead, judges agreed to a request by prosecutors to postpone the hearing to April 20, a day after the election for city governor.