Soldier dismissed for blasphemy
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