Pro­ba­tion is sought for Jakarta gov­er­nor

The Washington Post - - THE WORLD -

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.

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