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I am very sad about my blasphemy accusation: Ahok

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, December 13, 2016 | 12:55 pm
I am very sad about my blasphemy accusation: Ahok Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama sits on the defendant's chair at the start of his trial hearing at North Jakarta District Court in Jakarta on Tuesday. Ahok is on trial for an accusation of blasphemy following his remark about a passage in the Quran. (AP/Tatan Syuflana, Pool)

Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama shed tears when he read out his statement against prosecutors’ indictments in a hearing at the North Jakarta District Court on Tuesday morning.

Ahok told the court’s judges that he has always had a harmonious relationship with Muslims. He attended Muslim schools, and he has Muslim friends who he considers his own family.

Ahok further said it was Analta Amir, his Muslim brother, who paid his tuition fee when he got his Master's degree at Prasetya Mulya University.

“I am so sad about being accused of insulting Islam because it means that I have defamed my own Muslim family whom I really love," Ahok said, weeping before the judges.

(Read also: 80 lawyers to accompany Ahok in blasphemy trial)

The non-active governor later mentioned several pro-Muslim programs, which had been implemented under his leadership as an East Belitung City Council member, East Belitung Regent and later Jakarta governor.

Ahok said during his term as a Jakarta governor, he had constructed several mosques across the city and dispatched mosque employees to perform umrah (minor haj) to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

He further explained he had constructed a mosque in every low-cost apartment across Jakarta to accommodate Muslim people who wanted to pray. 

During fasting seasons, Ahok said he permitted all Muslim civil servants to go home early so they could eat breakfast and pray with their families at home. 

"I hope my explanations prove that I never had any intentions to insult Muslims and ulemas," he said. (ebf)

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