Probation is sought for Jakarta governor
Prosecutors on Thursday recommended two years of probation for the minority Christian governor of the Indonesian capital during his trial on a charge of blaspheming the Koran.
The relatively light sentencing request came a day after Gov. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama lost reelection in a landslide victory for a Muslim rival.
The maximum penalty for blasphemy in Indonesia is five years in prison. Prosecutors recommended one year in prison if Ahok violates probation.
Ahok was accused of blasphemy last year when a video surfaced of him telling voters they were being deceived if they thought a specific verse in the Koran prohibits Muslims from electing a non-Muslim as leader. His lawyers will present his final defense next week; a verdict from the five-judge panel is expected in early May.