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Jokowi Ally Found Guilty of Blasphemy Gets Two Years in Jail

  • Blasphemy allegations dominated Jakarta gubernatorial election
  • Outgoing governor Purnama says he plans to appeal the sentence
Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama attends his sentencing hearing in Jakarta on May 9.

Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama attends his sentencing hearing in Jakarta on May 9.

Photographer: Bay Ismoyo/Pool Photo via AP Photo
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An Indonesian court found Jakarta’s outgoing Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama guilty of blasphemy, sentencing him to two years in jail.

Tuesday’s verdict came even as prosecutors had recommended Purnama, 50, nicknamed Ahok, be found guilty of a lesser charge of insulting Muslims and receive as little as two years probation.