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Jakarta Post

Sampang court rejects Shiite cleric’s objection

  • Indra Harsaputra and Wahyoe Boediwardana

    The Jakarta Post

Surabaya, East Java   /   Wed, May 23 2012   /  07:48 am

A court hearing in Sampang, Madura, rejected a written plea by Tajul Muluk’s lawyer on Tuesday, insisting that the Shiite cleric was liable of up to five years in prison for blasphemy and insult as charged.

“We reject all the objections. The prosecutor’s charges have met all the requirements stipulated in Article 143 of the Criminal Code both formally and materially,” judge Syihabuddin told reporters after the trial at the Sampang District Court.

The trial lasted for about 30 minutes. Presiding Judge Purnomo Amin Cahyo adjourned the trial to May 30, with an agenda to hear witnesses’ testimonies.

In his objection, the defendant’s lawyer, Otman Ralibi, argued that the prosecutor’s charges were against Law No. 12/2005 on the Endorsement of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

In the previous hearing, the prosecutor charged Tajul...