Supreme Court rejects Ahok ‘blasphemy’ sentence appeal
The Christian former governor of Jakarta had sought a case review of his conviction on the grounds that the judges who handed down his two-year jail term had “made a mistake.”
When sentencing Ahok in May 2017, the lead judge told the court he had “convincingly conducted a criminal act of blasphemy”. However, his original accuser – who doctored and publicised a video of Ahok disputing Islamist claims that the Quran forbids Muslims being governed by non-Muslims – has subsequently been jailed for hate speech for his actions.
Prior to the allegations of “blasphemy” Ahok had been favourite to secure a second term as governor. But in April 2017 he lost in a final run-off to Anies Baswedan, a Muslim candidate. Ahok was jailed a month later. Ahead of the final vote, Islamists engineered mass protests and called for Indonesians to only vote for Muslim politicians to “defend Islam.”