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Supreme Court to prioritize Ahok case review: Official

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 6, 2018   /   07:44 pm
Supreme Court to prioritize Ahok case review: Official North Jakarta District Court presiding judge Mulyadi (center) presides the hearing of the case review on Feb. 26, submitted by former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama on the blasphemy case last year. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The Supreme Court will prioritize the process of the case review submitted by former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama after being convicted of blasphemy in May last year.

Supreme Court law and public relations bureau head Abdullah said on Tuesday the documents had been sent to the court via general entry procedure.

Abdullah said he predicted the court would consider speeding up the process of the case review, “because the [Ahok] case receives widespread public attention”.

North Jakarta District Court head of public relations Jootje Sampaleng confirmed the information, saying the documents had been signed and sent to the Supreme Court, tempo.co reported.

Amid pressure from a string of rallies by conservative Muslim groups last year, the Christian politician of Chinese descent, who had been seeking reelection as governor, lost the race and was sentenced to two years in prison. 

Ahok’s lawyer and sister, Fifi Lety Indra, told the media after the case review hearing last month that she believed the North Jakarta District Court had made a mistake in declaring Ahok guilty of blasphemy. (jlm)