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Indonesia: Ahok withdraws his appeal

In May, Jakarta’s Christian ex-governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (known as Ahok), withdrew his appeal against his two-year prison sentence for blasphemy in a controversial case that has challenged religious pluralism in Indonesia, with repeated clashes between Ahok’s supporters and radical Islamic groups.

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Ahok | photo: MetroTVNews

It was for this reason, said Ahok, that he wished to drop his appeal ‘for the sake of our people and nation’.