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Businessman charged for communism comments

  • Safrin La Batu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 13 2017   /  12:06 am

A man in Karawang, West Java, has reportedly been charged with blasphemy after allegedly writing in a Facebook post that some Muslim clerics in the past were communists to make a point that not all communists are atheists.

The man, identified as former PT Tatar Kertabumi president director Aking Saputra, did not name the clerics he was referring to, but his Facebook post has angered some Muslim groups who reported him to the Karawang Police on allegations of blasphemy.

Aking was named a suspect last Friday and was asked to attend a questioning related to the case on Monday, one of his lawyers, Ade Komaruddin, who is also an activist at the Anti-Persecution Coalition, said on Monday. “He was about to be detained by the police but we have requested that his arrest be suspended,” Asep told The Jakarta Post over the phone.

Ade said Aking was only trying to initiate a...