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Indonesia: blasphemy

An Indonesian Christian governor on trial for blasphemy said on 4 April that he has been the target of racist and religious attacks since his election to public office in 2005.

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Basuki Tjahaja Purnama | photo: Wiki

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (known as ‘Ahok’), the governor of Jakarta, also reiterated to the court his belief that the Qur’anic verse at the centre of his trial does not tell Muslims they cannot vote for a Christian. (The verse instructs Muslims to ‘not take the Jews and the Christians as allies’.)