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Jakarta Post

BREAKING: Court rejects Ahok's blasphemy appeal

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 26, 2018   /   05:24 pm
BREAKING: Court rejects Ahok's blasphemy appeal Former Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama speaks to his lawyers after judges delivered their sentence in his blasphemy trial in Jakarta on May 9, 2017. (AFP/Bay Ismoyo)

The Supreme Court has rejected former Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama's case review petition against his blasphemy conviction, an official with the court has said. 

Three judges Artidjo Alkostar, Salman Luthan and Margiatmo rejected the former Jakarta governor's challenge against his conviction, which sentenced him to two years in prison.

"The appeal has been rejected," court's spokesperson Suhadi told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

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More than nine months after being convicted of blasphemy, Ahok officially challenged his conviction through a case review petition to the court.

Ahok's lawyer and sister, Fify Lety Indra, said she believed the North Jakarta District Court had made a mistake in declaring Ahok guilty of blasphemy. 

She said the guilty verdict against Buni Yani, a communications lecturer found guilty of tampering with video footage of a speech given by Ahok that was used as evidence to lodge the blasphemy allegations against the former Jakarta governor, was the basis for the case review request.

"The legal argument for our petition is that the judges [at the district level] made a mistake in their verdict [on Ahok], particularly in relation to Buni Yani's verdict." she said after the preliminary hearing.