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The verdict and what it means for tolerance

  • Alif Satria
    Alif Satria

    Assistant researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Jakarta | Fri, May 19, 2017 | 01:39 pm
The verdict and what it means for tolerance Supporters of Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama cry after the North Jakarta District Court sentenced him to two years in prison for blasphemy in his final hearing on May 9. (JP/Seto Wardhana.)

PREMIUM It is undeniable that the court verdict on Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama on May 9 is a stark setback for legal fairness in Indonesia. It marks a procedural setback given the mob pressure on the court. 

The verdict did not follow the formal legal procedure of the Blasphemy Law, or Article 156a of the Criminal Code (KUHP), which stipulates that individuals must be giv...

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