'Ahok': Police name Jakarta governor as blasphemy suspect

    'Ahok': Police name Jakarta governor as blasphemy suspect

    Nov.16, Jakarta: Indonesian police have named Jakarta's governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, as a suspect in a blasphemy investigation.

    Popularly known as "Ahok", he is accused of insulting the Koran while campaigning in governorship elections.

    Mr Purnama is a Christian from the Chinese ethnic minority and the first non-Muslim to lead the city.

    The case has prompted fears of a rise in tensions in the largely Muslim country.

    The naming of Mr Purnama as a suspect means prosecutors can bring him to trial. If found guilty he faces up to five years in prison.

    Police said the governor cannot leave the country while an investigation is ongoing, and recommended that the case be tried in an open court.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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