But after losing Jakarta race, Ahok finds some favor in court.
The blasphemy charges that cost Indonesia’s top Christian politician his re-election race won’t send him to jail.
Just a day after Basuki Purnama—popularly known as Ahok—conceded the runoff for governor of Jakarta, prosecutors recommended a light sentence of two years probation instead of the maximum penalty of five years in prison.
The country was thrown into turmoil after Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the capital’s governor, was named a suspect in an inquiry over comments he made about the Quran.
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic Chinese Christian, is asking voters to keep him in office in what is widely seen as a test of tolerance in the Muslim-majority nation.
Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama is being detained as a suspect in a major test of the Muslim-majority nation’s reputation for religious tolera...
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the Christian governor of Jakarta, is battling in the court of public opinion as well as the court of law, where he is accused of blasphemy against Islam.