MEILIANA

Jailed for com­plaint about a noisy mosque

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the mosque to stop prayers. That night, a mob at­tacked Meiliana’s house and then burned and van­dalised 14 lo­cal Bud­dhist tem­ples. Police ar­rested 19 ri­ot­ers, who later re­ceived jail terms of one to four months. A lo­cal po­lice­man, Bri­gadier Kun­toro, re­ported Meiliana for blas­phemy. She was ar­rested on May 30, 2018. Medan Dis­trict Court on Au­gust 21 sen­tenced her to 18 months in jail. The pre­sid­ing judge was Wahyu Prase­tyo Wi­bowo. Medan High Court in Oc­to­ber re­jected Meiliana’s ap­peal. Vice Pres­i­dent Jusuf Kalla has in the past com­plained that some In­done­sian mosques are too noisy, but police and judges have not tried to jail him for blas­phemy. Meiliana (44), an eth­nic Chi­nese woman and Bud­dhist from Tan­jung Balai in North Su­ma­tra, on July 22, 2016, com­plained to her neigh­bour, Kasini, that the call-to-prayer from loud­speak­ers at a nearby mosque was too noisy. On July 29, 2016, a group of men from the mosque vis­ited Meiliana’s house and she con­firmed she thought the vol­ume was too loud. Provoca­tive false mes­sages then spread on so­cial me­dia, claim­ing Meiliana had thrown rocks at

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