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Bogor blasphemy trial: 'Mentally ill' defendant did not know about dog ban in mosque

  • Theresia Sufa

    The Jakarta Post

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Bogor   /   Wed, November 27, 2019   /  12:09 pm
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A woman carrying a dog entered Al Munawaroh Mosque in Babakan Madang district in Sentul City, Bogor, West Java, on June 30.(tribunnewsbogor.com/Lingga Arvian Nugroho)

Suzethe Margaret, a woman who has been charged with blasphemy for entering a mosque wearing shoes and carrying her dog, said she did not know that she had to take off her shoes before entering the mosque. She also stated that she did not know that dogs, which are regarded as impure by Muslims, were not allowed inside mosques. The incident took place in June at Al Munawaroh Mosque in Sentul, West Java. A video of it went viral on social media. Not long after, Suzethe, whose psychiatrist diagnosed her with schizophrenia, was reported to the police. Suzethe is accused of violating the Blasphemy Law and Article 156a of the Criminal Code, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. In a hearing that took place at the Cibinong District Court on Tuesday, a prosecutor, Anita, asked Suzethe whether or not she understood why she was standing trial. Suzethe answered saying tha...