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Jakarta Post

Djarot hopes Ahok won't be taken to Cipinang prison

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, June 11, 2017   /   12:03 pm
Djarot hopes Ahok won't be taken to Cipinang prison Guilty: Non-active Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama waves upon arriving at the Cipinang Detention Center in East Jakarta on May 9. (Antara/Ubaidillah)

Acting Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat has said he hoped his former superior, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, would not be taken to Cipinang Penitentiary in East Jakarta once the court’s ruling on his blasphemy case was declared final and legally binding.

“I've seen the situation there. The conditions inside and outside the prison are prone [to disruption],” Djarot said at an event in Untung Jawa Island on Saturday. 

He said it would be better if Ahok was not taken to Cipinang because it was at overcapacity and, because of recent events, Ahok supporters might hold protests in front of the prison. Djarot said he believed such a thing would disturb road users passing the area.

(Read also: Ahok’s safety must be guaranteed: Lawyer)

On June 6, prosecutors of the North Jakarta Prosecutors’ Office withdrew their appeal against the North Jakarta District Court’s decision to sentence Ahok to two years in prison. With the withdrawal, the court’s ruling on Ahok’s blasphemy case will be final and legally binding once the Jakarta High Court finishes the withdrawal administration.

Prosecutors earlier said Ahok might be moved from the National Police’s Mobile Brigade detention center in Kelapa Dua, Depok, to Cipinang Penitentiary. 

Soon after North Jakarta District Court’s judges read out their ruling on May 9, Ahok was taken directly to Cipinang detention centre. Less than 24 hours after he was placed in the center, Ahok was moved to the Brimob headquarters due to security concerns.  (ebf)