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Jakarta Post

Ahmadis’ hopes dashed by Constitutional Court

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 24 2018   /  12:43 am

The Constitutional Court once again rejected a judicial review petition to strike down the 1965 Blasphemy Law as unconstitutional on Monday.

The law prohibits people from publicly spreading beliefs and teachings that can be considered heresy.

The law also serves as the basis for Article 156 (a) of the Criminal Code, which dictates that blasphemy is punishable with up to five years in prison and has been invoked in a number of high-profile cases in the past few years, including in the conviction of former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama.

“The norm does not at all forbid or limit a person’s right to practice and worship according to their religion,” Justice Wahiduddin Adams said while reading out the ruling made unanimously by the nine-member bench.

Nine Ahmadis from West and Central Java filed the petition last August, claiming that th...