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.