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Convicted Shiite cleric: I am not an infidel

  • Indra Harsaputra

    The Jakarta Post

Sampang   /   Fri, July 13 2012   /  09:20 am
Shiite cleric Tajul Muluk (left). (Tempo/arrahmah)(left). (Tempo/arrahmah)

Shiite cleric Tajul Muluk (left). (Tempo/arrahmah)<\i>Shiite cleric Tajul Muluk described his two-year prison sentence as a politically engineered verdict aimed at alienating Shia Muslims after he was sentenced by the Sampang District Court, East Java, on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters after presiding judge Purnomo Amin Tjahjo declared him guilty of blasphemy against Islam, Tajul insisted he was a victim of slander and vowed to appeal to higher courts.

“This is about my dignity: As if I am an infidel. I have videotaped evidence that this trial was fabricated for political ends,” the 39-year-old preacher said.

In his verdict, Judge Purnomo said that, “The defendant was proven to promulgate blasphemy against Islam. Therefore Tajul shall remain in prison under a two-year sentence.”

As in previous trial proceedings, riot police guarded the court.<...