Jakarta's Christian Governor Ahok jailed for two years for blasphemy | Law

Jakarta's Christian Governor Ahok jailed for two years for blasphemy

Dr Melissa Crouch speaks to The Sydney Morning Herald (10 May 2017) regarding the imprisonment of Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) for being found guilit of blaspheming against religion.

Dr Crouch, claimed that the verdict was not inconsistent saying, "Judges fiercely guard their independence in Indonesia, and it may be that in this case they felt that the prosecutor recommended charges that were inconsistent with the original reason the case was brought to court."

She went on to say, "In addition, all persons charged with the criminal offence of blasphemy have been found guilty, so this sentence fits with that pattern. To be accused of blasphemy in Indonesia is effectively to be found guilty. This gives a lot of power to those - such as religious leaders - who may make the initial complaint to police regarding blasphemy charges."

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