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The Chinese Christian Governor of Jakarta, popularly known as Ahok, has been found guilty of blasphemy against the Quran and sentenced to two years in jail. The sentence meted out by the judges is actually harsher than the sentence recommended by the prosecution. Governor Ahok’s campaign was derailed by the Islamic Defender’s Front (FPI) which twisted a quote from one of his speeches to make it seem as if he was speaking blasphemously against the Quran. The move by the Indonesian court is a step backwards for the country in terms of tolerance and inclusion and a major win for radical Islam, a growing problem in the country.

5/9/2017 Indonesia (Al Jazeera) – An Indonesian court has found Jakarta’s outgoing Christian governor guilty of blasphemy against Islam.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday in a south Jakarta courtroom over comments he made regarding what he believed to be the misinterpretation of certain verses of the Quran.

As hundreds of protesters gathered outside calling for the maximum penalty to be given, Dwiarso Budi Santiarto, the presiding judge, told the court that Purnama was “convincingly guilty of committing blasphemy”.

Purnama has denied wrongdoing, though he apologised for comments he made last year criticising his opponents’ use of the Quran in political campaigning suggesting to Muslim constituents that they cannot be governed by a person of another faith.

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