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Kalla asks public to accept Ahok's conviction

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 15, 2017   /   07:04 pm
Kalla asks public to accept Ahok's conviction A policeman gestures next to a flower board for detained non-active Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama in Jakarta on May 10. (AFP/Bay Ismoyo)

Vice President Jusuf Kalla has called on the public to respect and accept the court’s decision to sentence non-active Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama to two years’ imprisonment for blasphemy.

Kalla said court decisions would never satisfy all parties. One party always loses, he said.  

“Are there court rulings that make all people happy? None. The court issues verdicts that only please some,” Kalla said at his official residence in Central Jakarta on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.

Therefore, Kalla emphasized, all parties should practice self-restraint and respect the court’s verdict. “All people must accept the decision because there is no better way to settle the problem except through legal proceedings”.

The North Jakarta District Court sentenced Ahok to two years’ imprisonment after being found guilty of blasphemy for suggesting that some people had abused a Quranic verse to block his reelection bid.

Ahok supporters worldwide have held candlelight vigils, calling for justice for Ahok. (msa)