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Prison for ‘Minang atheist’

  • Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, June 15 2012 | 08:36 am

In what critics have condemned as a precedent that may harm free speech and individual liberty, a court in West Sumatra sentenced on Thursday Alexander Aan, 32, to two-and-a-half years in prison for blasphemy and publicly declaring himself an atheist.

The Muaro District Court in Sijunjung regency also fined Alexander Rp 100 million (US$11,100), or face another two months in prison.

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