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Jakarta Post

Legal experts call for release of cleric Tajul

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 18 2012   /  09:45 am

Legal scholars have called for the release of Shia cleric Tajul Muluk, sentenced to two years imprisonment for blasphemy July, arguing that the court proceedings had been marred with irregularities.It is claimed that Sampang District Court, which heard the case against Tajul, threw out evidence which could have mitigated charges against the cleric.Tajul was charged under Article 156a of the Criminal Code (KUHP) on blasphemy.“Only a small number of witnesses who could speak Indonesia, yet the dossiers were written in the language, with their signatures on them. And the indictment against Tajul was based on these reports,” M. Arief Setiawan, a legal expert from the Yogyakarta-based Indonesia Islamic University (UII) said on Monday.He said that a thorough investigation should start on possible a miscarriage of justice in Sampang District Court.“Further investigation is needed to ensur...