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Jakarta Post

Ahok to earn Christmas remission this year

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 18, 2017   /   12:38 pm
Ahok to earn Christmas remission this year Former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (center), popularly known as Ahok, speaks with his lawyers after judges delivered their sentence during his blasphemy trial in Jakarta on May 9, 2017. (AFP/Bay Ismoyo)

The lawyer of former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, I Wayan Sudiarta, has said his client will receive a remission on Dec. 25.

Ahok was sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy in May this year.

Wayan said Ahok had been behind bars for six months, during which time, he had maintained good behavior and fulfilled his obligations according to the prevailing regulations.

“This means Ahok has met all the administrative requirements to receive a remission,” he said as quoted by on Sunday.

Wayan added that inmate remissions were regulated by, among others, Law No. 12/1995 on correctional sentences.

Ahok’s upcoming Christmas remission will be his first remission since beginning his imprisonment. Ahok did not receive a remission during the last round of remissions granted to inmates on Independence Day on Aug. 17. 

Ahok was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for blasphemy following a speech he made in Thousand Islands regency. He has been imprisoned at the Police's Mobile Brigade Command Headquarters (Mako Brimob) in Depok, West Java since May 9. (gis/dmr)