Posted by: Fr. C. | November 22, 2016

Blasphemy Charges in Indonesia


The Jakarta Globe has reported that Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama was questioned by police investigators in a blasphemy case at the National Police’s criminal investigation unit headquarters on Tuesday morning.  Ruhut Sitompul,  spokesman for Basuki’s campaign, said Ahok was accompanied by legal counsel sent by political parties which back him in next year’s Jakarta governor race during the examination.

Ruhut stressed that Ahok has been cooperating well with the police, which have resisted public calls to arrest the governor after he was declared a suspect.

Ahok, an ethnic Chinese and a Christian,  is accused of insulting Islam after he warned people not to trust politicians telling them not to vote for him by quoting a Koranic verse during a speech in Pramuka Island.

Apparently, for a Christian to so much as quote the Koran, can result in blasphemy charges and counts of “insulting Islam” in Indonesia.


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