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Indonesian Court to Proceed With Jakarta Governor’s Blasphemy Trial

Muslim protesters are seen outside a court at the blasphemy trial of Jakarta's incumbent governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, in Jakarta, Indonesia, December 20, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Muslim protesters are seen outside a court at the blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s incumbent governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, in Jakarta, Indonesia, December 20, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Jakarta: An Indonesian court will proceed with a controversial blasphemy case against Jakarta’s Christian governor, who is accused of insulting the Koran, a judge said on Tuesday.

A panel of judges rejected a call by lawyers defending Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama to strike down the case because it had violated the ethnic Chinese politician’s human rights and breached procedures.

“The exception by the defendant will be considered and decided by the court after examination of all evidence. The defendant’s exception is not accepted,” said Judge Abdul Rosyad.

A tearful Purnama denied the charges in the first hearing on December 13. The case is seen as a test of religious freedom in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.