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Jakarta Post

Prosecution of suspected ‘atheist’ criticized

  • Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

    The Jakarta Post

Padang   /   Wed, April 4 2012   /  09:11 am

Activists in Padang, West Sumatra, are criticizing the authorities for prosecuting a 31-year-old civil servant for allegedly proclaiming his atheism on Facebook.

The indictment of Alexander Aan under the Information Law that carries six years of imprisonment, is bogus, according to Sudarto, the director of the Center for Interfaith Community (Pusaka).

“The charges of blasphemy brought against Alexander are based on ‘rubber articles’. Their argument, which is exaggerated, is a failure of the Muslim community and our government to take care of other more important things,” Sudarto told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

The authorities used several ambiguously phrased articles of the law to indict Alexander to serve their own interests, Sudarto said.

“Why not charge all Indonesian atheists? We’re better off paying attention to the corruptors who obviously ...