Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama gestures to visitors inside a courtroom during his trial at North Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. The court ruled Tuesday that the blasphemy trial of the minority Christian governor of the country’s capital will proceed. (Bagus Indahono/Pool Photo via AP)
Can’s have those pesky infidels in leadership positions, what would Mohamed say?
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court ruled Tuesday that the blasphemy trial of the minority Christian governor of the country’s capital will proceed.
Gov. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama is charged with insulting Islam and desecrating the Quran by using one of its verses to boost his chances of winning re-election. Ahok, 50, is seeking a second term as governor in elections due in February.
The blasphemy controversy erupted when a video circulated online in which Ahok lightheartedly said that people were being deceived if they believed his detractors who asserted that the Quran prohibits Muslims from having a non-Muslim leader.
The five-judge panel overruled defense arguments that the indictment submitted by prosecutors had inaccuracies and should be annulled.