Jakarta, Indonesia Governor Facing Charges Over Insulting Islam
Jakarta, Indonesia's Governor is under fire for insulting Islam and is facing charges of blasphemy today, during day three of his trial in the predominantly Muslim nation of Indonesia. Gov. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a professing Christian believer of Indonesia happens to be a Christian and is in his third day in court today over allegations of insulting Islam. The charges of blasphemy come at a time when he is seeking re-election in the next couple of months.
Christian Post reports, The Southeast Asian country's blasphemy law provides for a maximum penalty of five years in jail, which is enough to disqualify Ahok, the governor of Jakarta and a Christian and ethnic Chinese, from the election to be held in February."
The Jakarta Post reports the trial has drawn much attention from the public and even had to change locations due to the amount of visitors wanting to hear the trial,
"The blasphemy trial of Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has not only drawn massive public attention but also has brought economic benefits to street vendors and scavengers, who turn large crowds into opportunity."