Sol­dier dis­missed for blas­phemy

The Jakarta Post - - ARCHIPELAGO -

JAYAPURA: A sol­dier serv­ing in Pa­pua was dis­missed from the In­done­sian Mil­i­tary (TNI) and sen­tenced to 2.5 years in jail af­ter be­ing found guilty of blas­phemy.

Jayapura Mil­i­tary Court found Sec­ond Sgt. Ban­gun Ah­mad Kas­mawan guilty on Thurs­day.

“The de­fen­dant vi­o­lated 156a Ar­ti­cle of the Crim­i­nal Code on re­li­gious blas­phemy,” said pre­sid­ing judge Col. James Van­der­sloot of the Corps of Mil­i­tary Law and Jus­tice.

Ban­gun was sen­tenced for burn­ing sev­eral copies of the Bi­ble in May. Ban­gun, who was as­signed to guard the bor­der be­tween In­done­sia and Pa­pua New Guinea was clean­ing the house of 172 Mil­i­tary Re­sort chief (Kas­rem) at a hous­ing com­plex in Padan­g­bu­lan, Abepura, Jayapura.

He burned a box of books and other items stored in a shed with­out check­ing the con­tents first. As he burned the books a res­i­dent took a pic­ture and up­loaded it to so­cial me­dia, sparkin an up­roar. Res­i­dents then staged a protest that ended in vi­o­lence. — JP

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