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ICC Note: Buni Yani was found guilty for making discriminatory remarks against Jakarta’s former Christian governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama. Ahok’s comments during his campaign were altered by Buni in a September 2016 video which caused Ahok to lose the election and incarcerated for two years in prison. The district court in Bandung sentenced Buni to 18 months in prison for altering a September 2016 video in which Ahok warns people of the Island Regency against those who use Quranic verses for political gain. Ahok’s lawyer believes that Buni caused chaos and that Ahok should not have been punished.

11/16/2017 Indonesia (Asia News) – The district court in Bandung, capital of West Java province, sentenced Buni Yani (pictured) to 18 months in prison for making discriminatory remarks against Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, Jakarta’s former governor.

Buni Yani was found guilty of altering a September 2016 video in which Ahok warns residents of the Thousand Islands Regency against those who use Qurʾānic verses for political gain.

Once the tampered tape was posted online, Buni posted comments that were tantamount of hate speech. This sparked violent protests by radical Islamic groups and contributed to Ahok’s defeat even though he was the favourite in last April’s elections for the governorship of the Indonesian capital.

Following pressure s from extremists, Ahok was tried and found guilty of defaming Islam and sentenced to two years in jail on May 9 at the end of a controversial trial.

Chief Judge M Saptono’s sentence was lighter than the one demanded by the public prosecutor: two years in prison and a fine of US$ 7,400.

During the 19 hearings, the accused refused to admit his guilt, despite the fact that his comments caused sectarian violence between different religious communities.

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