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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Treacherous Road to Theocracy

One worrying question that emerges after the sentencing of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is whether Indonesia is turning into a theocracy. The two-year sentence given to the now inactive Jakarta governor after he was found guilty of blasphemy, has damaged Indonesia's reputation as a democratic and moderate, tolerant nation.

The problem lies with the blasphemy article in the Criminal Code, which is wide open to misuse for political interests, to…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Shocking Verdict

Things happened quickly, beyond the expectations of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) and his legal team. Right after the panel of judges at the North Jakarta Administrative Court found Basuki guilty, on Tuesday last week, the prosecutor asked to meet with Basuki outside the courtroom. 'Come one, let's chat out back," said one prosecutor.