Ahok Prepares for Fifth Session, Reviews Police Investigation Report

Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama will testify for the first time in his blasphemy trial on Tuesday (04/04). (Antara Photo/Irwan Rismawan)

By : Lenny Tristia Tambun & Eko Prasetyo | on 10:45 AM January 10, 2017
Category : News, Crime, Jakarta, Politics, Featured

Jakarta. Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama has studied the police investigation report ahead of Tuesday's (10/01) fifth session in his high profile blasphemy trial, with the governor tipping a long day in the South Jakarta court room.

Basuki predicted Tuesday's session would last longer than last week's, with prosecutors planning to present five witnesses. Last week's session was the fourth, with only four of six witnesses testifying in a hearing that began at 9.00 a.m. and ended at 8 p.m.

The witnesses testified on the governor's October speech at Pramuka Island during which he is alleged to have insulted the Koran, triggering the blasphemy allegations.

Members of the hardline Islamic Defender's Front (FPI) also submitted evidence in the case against Basuki.

Some experts have said the witness testimony is based on hearsay rather than first hand knowledge and should be disregarded.

Petrus Salestinus, coordinator of the Indonesian Democracy Defenders Team (TPDI), said the witnesses set for this latest session of trial are not fit to take the stand.

Basuki, a Christian of Chinese descent, was declared a blasphemy suspect in mid-November amid mounting pressure from Muslim hardliners who staged a series of mass demonstrations calling for charges.

The panel of judges rejected the governor's note of objections, which called for the case to be canned after breaching procedure.

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