Jakarta governor Ahok withdraws appeal against blasphemy jail sentence | Law

Jakarta governor Ahok withdraws appeal against blasphemy jail sentence

Dr Melissa Crouch speaks to The Sydney Morning Herald (23 May 2017) regarding the sentencing of Jakarter Governor and the retraction of his appeal against the charges.

Dr Crouch explains that Ahok's case illustrates many of the challenges that are currently occuring in Indonesia.

She said, "His case is not just a battle between Islamists and the secular state, but also between rival legal institutions." 

"The Ahok case now seems to have fallen into this mess, and the appeal could be a battle between the public prosecution and the courts in Indonesia."  

Dr Crouch went on to say, "In Ahok's case, the prosecution is really just trying to uphold its image, and perhaps in addition seek the suspended sentence. (This is) a battle that the public prosecution is potentially likely to lose."

She said, "Perhaps the only thing stopping the court from doing so would be the international image of Indonesia's courts. But it may be that domestic institutional rivalry is a more influential factor than international opinion."

Read the full article here.