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Jakarta Post

Court upholds Blasphemy Law

  • Arghea Desafti Hapsari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 20 2010   /  08:41 am

Thou shalt not review: Nine judges read out their verdict on Monday at the final hearing of a request for the Constitutional Court to review the controversial 1965 Law on Blasphemy. The court dismissed the request filed by human rights, democracy and pluralism groups as well as the late former president Abdurrahman Wahid. JP/Nurhayati The Constitutional Court on Monday ruled to uphold the controversial Blasphemy Law, a decision that plaintiffs said was mainly based on fears of a public backlash.With only one dissenting judge, the court argued that the law “is still needed to maintain public order among religious groups”.“If the Blasphemy Law was scrapped before a new law was enacted … it was feared that misuses and contempt of religion would occur and trigger conflicts in society,” Constitutional justice Akil Mochtar said.“This law is very important ... to prevent both h...