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BASUKI PURNAMA cries in denial of allegations that he insulted Islam.

BASUKI PURNAMA cries in denial of allegations that he insulted Islam.

There were emotional scenes in court on the first day of the blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s governor, a Christian of Chinese descent.

BASUKI TJAHAJA PURNAMA, known as AHOK, cried as he denied allegations he insulted Islam.

He insisted his comments were aimed at politicians “incorrectly” using a Koranic verse against him, not at the verse itself.

PURNAMA is the city’s first non-Muslim governor in fifty years. He was the city’s Deputy Governor who became Governor when his predecessor JOKO WIDODO became President in 2014.

If convicted, he faces a maximum five-year jail sentence. After the short hearing, the trial was adjourned until December 20.

 

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