Ahok’s Blasphemy Trial on Indonesia’s national TV and mob justice threatening pluralism in every Muslim country

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Ahok wept during the trial and insisted his comments were aimed at politicians “incorrectly” using a Quranic verse against him, not at the verse itself

Indonesia blasphemy case: Emotional scenes as Ahok trial begins

There were emotional scenes in court on the first day of the blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s governor, a Christian of Chinese descent.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, cried as he denied allegations he insulted Islam.

Mr Purnama is the first non-Muslim governor of Indonesia’s capital in 50 years.

The case is being seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.

The prosecution said Mr Purnama insulted Islam by misusing a Koranic verse which suggests Muslims should not be ruled by non-Muslims, to boost public support ahead of February’s governorship election.

He insisted his comments were aimed at politicians “incorrectly” using a Koranic verse against him, not at the verse itself.

If convicted, he faces a maximum five-year jail sentence. After the short hearing, the trial was adjourned until 20 December.

Rights groups say the authorities have set a dangerous precedent in which a noisy hardline Islamic minority can influence the legal process, says the BBC’s Rebecca Henschke in Jakarta.

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Freedom of Speech: A Core Islamic Value!

The specter on national television is really putting Secularism on trial for every Muslim majority country, either you have it or you don’t

The Muslim Times has a large collection of articles to expose the fallacy of the blasphemy politics in the Muslim majority countries

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(Source / 13.12.2016)

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