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Jakarta Post

Meiliana, imprisoned for complaining about 'adzan' volume, released on parole

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Wed, May 22, 2019   /  12:29 pm
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Meiliana (center) attends a court hearing at the Medan District Court, North Sumatra. Meiliana was convicted for blasphemy for complaining about the volume of 'adzan' (call to prayer) at a mosque near her house in Tanjungbalai.(The Jakarta Post/Apriadi Gunawan)

Meiliana, a Buddhist woman of Chinese-descent who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for complaining about the volume of adzan (call to prayer) in Tanjungbalai, North Sumatra, has been released on parole after the Law and Human Rights Ministry granted her request. She was welcomed by her family and lawyer upon her release from the Tanjung Gusta Women's Penitentiary in Medan, North Sumatra, at around 11 a.m. on Tuesday. "The Law and Human Rights Ministry granted Meiliana's parole request today, so Meiliana was automatically released today as well," Meiliana's lawyer Ranto Sibarani told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. He added that he had filed a request for Meiliana's parole to the ministry three weeks prior to her release. Article 15 of the Criminal Code (KUHP) stipulates that inmates may be granted the right to request f...