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            [post_content] => Jakarta. Jakarta-based human rights group Setara Institute has called on the judges to acquit Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, arguing that the charge against him is politically motivated, the group said in a statement.

"The judges should rectify the actions of the police and state prosecutors by [acquitting] Ahok from the charge against him and clearing his name," Setara Institute deputy head, Bonar Tigor Naipospos, said in a statement released shortly after Ahok's court session on Thursday (20/04).

At the session, prosecutors addressed the court on sentence, suggesting that a two-year probation period is appropriate if the governor is convicted. In the event that the probation order is breached, a possible one-year jail term may be imposed, the prosecution added.

The prosecution reduced the blasphemy charge against the governor from Article 156a of the Criminal Code to Article 156, explaining that Ahok's criticism was directed at people, not the Koran. The latter carries a lighter maximum sentence and also no longer requires that the prosecution prove that Ahok "deliberately" committed the act, which would have been more difficult to prove.

Article 156 also has a wider scope, where the prosecution need only prove that the accused publicly expressed feelings of hostility, hatred or contempt against one or more groups of the population of Indonesia. In this context, a group may be distinguished by race, country of origin, religion and descent.

Ahok had been facing blasphemy charges since November last year after saying during a speech on Pramuka Island that his political rivals have been quoting verse 51 of the Koran's Al-Maidah chapter to turn people against him.

"The reduction of the charge from Article 156a [to Article 156], has bolstered the views of various legal experts, religious figures, academics and nongovernmental activists [who argue] that the elements of blasphemy are difficult to prove," Bonar said.

Bonar added that accusing Ahok of blasphemy was merely an effort to satisfy certain politically motivated interests to hamper his chances in the gubernatorial election.

"It was more a move by law enforcers to satisfy the desire of a political mob to send Ahok to prison and to remove him from the Jakarta election by stigmatizing him as a 'blasphemer,'" Bonar said in the statement.

It is clear that the prosecution missed the mark, realizing that the evidence was limited and it was an uphill battle to prove that blasphemy was committed, Bonar said.

"It's obvious that the blasphemy trial against Ahok is just a move by law enforcers to further political interests, or at least, a move to let law enforcement become an instrument catering to the interest of street mobs," he said in the statement.

"By instead using Article 156 [of the Criminal Code], the foul play [that is going on] has become so obvious, as the scope of this article is wider compared to Article 156a. The prosecution missed their target," Bonar said. Bonar also hopes that the judges will consider all factors when preparing the verdict. [post_title] => Trial Is Politically Motivated, Ahok Should Be Acquitted: Setara Institute [post_excerpt] => Jakarta-based human rights group Setara Institute has called on the judges to acquit Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, arguing that the charge against him is politically motivated, the group said in a statement. 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The long, divisive campaign for governorship of Jakarta is finally over, with results showing a decisive victory for the challenger Anies Baswedan over the controversial incumbent Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama.

The election was the most politically significant regional election in Indonesia's history because it was not just about choosing the chief executive for the city's 10 million citizens.

Rather, it became a referendum on the future of Indonesia's ethno-religious diversity and tolerance after unwanted intervention by a number of radical Islamist groups, most notably the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI).

Blasphemy Campaign Against Ahok

These groups accused Ahok, a Chinese Indonesian who is Christian, of blaspheming last September by mocking a verse from the Koran that allegedly calls for Muslims to reject non-Muslims as their leaders. Ahok criticized unnamed ulema or Muslim clerics for using verse 51 of Surah Al-Maidah that advises Muslims to avoid aligning with Christians and Jews.

The FPI and its allies managed to obtain a fatwa, or religious ruling, from the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) declaring that Ahok was guilty of committing blasphemy against Islam. They then sponsored several anti-Ahok rallies in Jakarta in November, attracting approximately 2.5 million protesters.

Under pressure from these groups, the Indonesian government opened an investigation against Ahok and tried him for blasphemy. The trial was adjourned a week before the election.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="754"]Incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama gestures inside the courtroom during his blasphemy trial. (Reuters Photo/Dharma Wijayanto) Incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama gestures inside the courtroom during his blasphemy trial. (Reuters Photo/Dharma Wijayanto)[/caption]

Anies, a very astute politician, quickly capitalized on anti-Ahok accusations, by seeking and receiving an endorsement from FPI leader Habib Rizieq Shihab. He also started to portray himself as an "Islamic candidate" to win the support of Jakarta's Muslims, who comprise 85 percent of registered voters.

The strategy seems to have worked, as an Indo Barometer poll in February indicated more than half of Jakarta's voters would not vote for Ahok because they believed he had committed a blasphemous act against Islam.

They reached this conclusion despite a number of Islamic scholars saying that the Koranic verse in question must be seen in the context of warfare between Muslims and non-Muslims during the early Islamic period. And that it had nothing to do with how Muslims should choose their leader.

The race between the two contenders was very tight, as indicated by the reputable Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting poll, which showed Anies leading Ahok with a margin of 1 percent — 47.9 percent versus 46.9 percent  with up to 5.2 percent of voters still undecided.

The campaign took an ugly turn when an elderly woman, who had voted for Ahok during the first round and subsequently died, was denied a Muslim burial. And an Islamist activist made a Facebook post stating it would be religiously permissible for any women voting for Ahok during the runoff election to be gang raped.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="754"]  A child plays in front of a wall with a slogan 'burn Ahok' in Jakarta. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) A child plays in front of a wall with a slogan 'burn Ahok' in Jakarta. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)[/caption]

Police had to tear down a number of banners placed in mosques across Jakarta discouraging their members to vote for Ahok during the runoff.

Implications of the Election Results

The election has serious implications for the future of Indonesian politics. Anies's victory means he is in a stronger position to mount a challenge against President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in 2019, as a candidate of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), or with another opposition party.

A young, telegenic politician who has widely touted his Islamic credentials, Anies is perceived by Jokowi as a more formidable opponent than "old guard" elite figures, such as retired Army general Prabowo Subianto and former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who are both widely expected to be contenders during the 2019 presidential election.

But more importantly, Anies's victory is another sign of the growing Islamization of Indonesian politics, which has been on the rise since the country made its democratic transition in 1998.

This phenomenon can be seen throughout Indonesian society, from the promotion of Islamist prayer groups and study circles in public university campuses throughout the country; the proliferation of Indonesian women wearing Islamic veils, or hijabs; and the rapid increase in local regulations restricting alcohol consumption and the rights of religious minorities.

There seems to be an ideological and political convergence between Islamist groups such as FPI an association of approximately 100,000 hardline Islamists with close ties to the Indonesian security apparatus  and Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia. This latter is known for its advocacy for a global caliphate.

Members of both groups are developing a close relationship with the conservative elements of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, Indonesia's two largest Muslim organisations with generally moderate political leanings. They claim membership by 60 million and 30 million people, respectively.

The MUI fatwa against Ahok was signed by Maaruf Amin, who, apart from being the council's general chairman, is also NU's supreme leader.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="754"]Unofficial results show a decisive victory for Anies Baswedan in the Jakarta gubernatorial election. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta) Unofficial results show a decisive victory for Anies Baswedan in the Jakarta gubernatorial election. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)[/caption]

The groups have also cooperated to demand the implementation of Sharia regulations by local governments throughout Indonesia. And there are now 442 such regulations in place in over 100 cities and districts.

These regulations require women to wear hijab in public, prohibit the consumption of alcohol and prostitution, and declare a number of Islamic minority sects, such as Ahmadis and Shiites, to be illegal within their respective localities. The groups have also encouraged acts of violence against both minorities over the past decade or so.

Rising Islamism and the renewed prejudice against ethnic and religious minorities pose a danger to the pluralist outlook enshrined in Indonesia’s official founding principles, which are collectively known as Pancasila. Made from the Sanskrit word for "five," panca, and the Javanese for "principles," silaPancasila states: "The one God system [monotheism], just and civilized humanity, the unity of Indonesia, democracy and social justice for all."

These principles have underpinned equality for all Indonesia's ethnic and religious groups since the country's founding in 1945. Indonesian founding fathers who created Pancasila meant to give equal political and economic opportunities to all Indonesians irrespective of their ethnic and religious background.

Unlike Indonesia's neighbor Malaysia, Pancasila grants no special status to Muslims and instead gives official religions status to a number of religions – Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism. It gives them equal legal recognition and grants their members full religious freedom. Most significantly, adherents of all religions are free to run for and occupy any public office.

By creating these accusations against Ahok, the Islamists have refused to recognize the legal rights of Indonesia’s ethnic and religious minorities to run for public office. Ahok's loss means that Indonesia's ethno-religious diversity is the biggest casualty of this highly polarizing election.

Alexander R. Arifianto is a research fellow in the Indonesia program at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University. His views are his own.

The Conversation

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Foreign direct investment from China hit a record high of $2.67 billion last year after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo rolled out the red carpet to Chinese investors, who are typically willing to take on risks for infrastructure and other big projects. But the cheap funding comes at a price: Chinese companies often bring in their own workers and machines, creating friction with locals, according to interviews with labor groups, company executives and government officials. Indonesian investment chief Thomas Lembong said a "freak-out over foreign workers" had been politicized, fueling tensions surrounding the Jakarta poll, which pits the ethnic Chinese Christian incumbent Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama against a Muslim rival. Ahok is backed by Jokowi's ruling party and Thomas said the issue of anti-foreign and - in particular anti-Chinese - sentiment had been harnessed by rivals of the government. "It's part of a broader effort to turn political sentiment anti-foreigner and anti-Chinese at a time when Chinese investment is poised to be the biggest factor driving the Asian economy," Thomas told Reuters. The number of Chinese work permit holders jumped 30 percent in the past two years to 21,271 in 2016, the latest data from Indonesia's manpower ministry showed. In comparison, there were 12,490 from Japan and 2,812 from the United States last year. While the issue had been compounded by discredited reports circulating on social media claiming that 10 million Chinese workers had flooded Indonesia, labor unions still dispute official figures. Chinese companies have been mis-using a visa-free route meant for tourists to bring in "hundreds of thousands" of low-skilled Chinese workers, said labor leader Said Iqbal. Since February, the Confederation of Indonesian Workers' Union (KSPI) has been compiling unofficial data on Chinese workers suspected of not having proper documentation and it has asked the manpower ministry to take action, he said. "Local unskilled labor cannot work because the jobs have been filled by the Chinese," the KSPI's Said told Reuters. Lily Sutikno, the Beijing-based chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce in China, said some Chinese companies temporarily bring in their own "technical workers", who would return to China once the local teams take over. These workers may have a better knowledge of products and processes, on top of being faster in executing steps such as installing machinery, Lily said. Viginlantism Late last year, around 150 college students on Sulawesi island, where several Chinese smelters are being built, stopped vehicles they suspected of carrying illegal Chinese workers and brought them to the authorities. The group planned more raids this year, said Erik, one of the students, who declined to give his full name. Maruli Hasoloan, a manpower ministry official, acknowledged some labor friction and vigilantism over the past few months. While the ministry was coordinating with other authorities to prevent any abuse of visa-free entry, it does not condone a vigilante crackdown on foreign workers, he added. Indonesia has suffered bouts of anti-Chinese and anti-communist sentiment over its history, though this has usually been directed at its minority ethnic Chinese community. On average, Indonesian Chinese are far wealthier than other ethnic groups. During riots leading to the fall of President Suharto in May 1998, ethnic Chinese were targeted, making up many of around 1,000 people who were killed in the violence. Under Suharto, Chinese culture and language were severely restricted, but at the same time he cultivated some ethnic Chinese businessmen who became hugely rich. Uglier Mood The capital Jakarta has seen a series of mass rallies led by hardline Islamists calling for Ahok, Jakarta's first Christian and Chinese governor, to be jailed even as he was put on trial over allegations that he had insulted the Koran. Ahok, who is competing against former education minister Anies Baswedan, denies what are regarded by critics as politicized charges. While it is too soon to assess whether all this could have an impact on Chinese investment decisions, some Chinese business groups say they are worried about the uglier mood and also about potentially losing a business-friendly leader of Jakarta. Many Chinese companies favor Ahok for his perceived ability to execute Jokowi's infrastructure reform agenda, which is aligned with Chinese President Xi Jinping's "One Belt, One Road" policy to invest billions of dollars in global projects. Jakarta, a city of more than 10 million people, accounts for nearly a fifth of national economic output and is home to major construction projects including a $5 billion Chinese-backed rail connecting the capital to the West Java city of Bandung. The anti-Ahok movement has also revived jitters about the racial and religious under-currents in Indonesia, which has the world's largest Muslim population. "Chinese concern is stability and consistency of the rule of law," Lily said. "What they are scared of the most is a repeat of 1998, that the Chinese will be singled out again." 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The Jakarta election is viewed as a larger choice ahead of a 2019 presidential poll between the secular policies Indonesia has practiced since its post-World War Two independence and a hardline political Islam that has strengthened in recent years. "This is a test case for Indonesian pluralism, if it can withstand the pressure of the religious groups, the populists," said Wimar Witoelar, a political analyst and an adviser to former President Abdurrahman Wahid. "Indonesia is at a crossroads, and I mean Indonesia, not just Jakarta." A survey conducted on April 12-14 by polling firm Indikator showed Anies with 48.2 percent support versus 47.4 percent for Ahok, with 4.4 percent undecided. Worries About Backlash  The business community is worried about a possible violent backlash from the losing side in the election, which could affect the investment climate and endanger Jokowi's fit-and-start economic reforms. Southeast Asia's biggest economy grew 5.2 percent in 2016 and the government expects a repeat of that this year. Indonesian stocks are up 12.6 percent on the year, making the Jakarta market one of Asia's best performers. Kartika Wirjoatmodjo, chief executive officer of the largest state bank, Bank Mandiri, said in an interview that whoever won "we [should] make sure it doesn't affect any of the long-term policies, especially on the openness and ... ease of doing business and attracting investment." Ahok, who replaced Jokowi in 2014 as Jakarta governor after serving as his deputy, saw his popularity soar as he tackled decrepit infrastructure, chronic flooding and endemic corruption in the traffic-clogged city of over 10 million. His support plunged after an edited video circulated last September suggesting Ahok had mocked a verse in the Koran used by his opponents to argue Muslims should not vote for a person holding different religious beliefs. Amid two rallies last year that drew hundreds of thousands of protesters, Ahok was charged with blasphemy, forcing him to make regular appearances in court during the campaign. The hardline Islamists behind the rallies — led by the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), a group known for attacks on religious minorities and extorting money from nightclubs — were cultivated by Ahok's rivals. Anies was accused of betraying his moderate Islamic roots when he met and sang with FPI leader Habib Rizieq, who was twice imprisoned for inciting violence in 2003 and 2008. Ahok recovered to win the first round on Feb. 15 with 43 percent of the vote, compared to 40 percent for Anies and 17 percent for Agus Yudhoyono, son of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who drew support from conservative Muslims. Chinese Plots The FPI was among groups circulating hoax news stories on social media during the campaign of a pending invasion of Chinese workers and Chinese plots to decimate Indonesia's crops with contaminated chili The FPI has vowed to stage further protests and a "revolution" if Ahok wins, according to flyers circulated by the group. A senior government official said a victory for Ahok could reignite religious tensions and China-baiting at a time when the government is chasing Chinese investment for much-needed infrastructure. "I worry that if a sizable portion of the electorate feels cheated there could be a very serious backlash," said the official, who asked for anonymity to speak freely about the political climate in Indonesia. However, political analyst Tobias Basuki also saw risks for the national government and its reform agenda if Anies won, given plans by his political patron Prabowo Subianto to challenge Jokowi in the 2019 presidential poll. Anies was Jokowi's campaign manager in the 2014 presidential election, when he beat Subianto. But Jokowi sacked him as education minister last year. "Anies and Prabowo controlling Jakarta would impede Jokowi every step of the way," Tobias said. Additional reporting by Eveline Danubrata and John Chalmers Reuters [post_title] => Jakarta Election Exposes Deep Political, Religious Divides [post_excerpt] => Jakarta voters will head to the polls on Wednesday (19/04) after a campaign that incited political and religious tensions in the world's most-populous Muslim country. 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Argo Yuwono said police have transferred Buni's case file — including evidence against him — to the Depok Prosecutors Office for the court trial. "We also handed over the suspect to the prosecutors," Argo told reporters at the Jakarta Police headquarters in South Jakarta. Buni underwent a medical check-up at a police hospital before being transferred to the prosecutors, Argo added. Buni’s lawyer Aldwin Rahardian said his client will co-operate with all legal processes demanded by the prosecutors. It remains unclear whether or not the prosecutors will choose to detain Buni. Investigators from the Jakarta Police's cybercrime unit named Buni a suspect on Nov. 23 for allegedly inciting public controversy involving race, religion, ethnicity and group affiliation. Buni faces a six-year prison term or a Rp 1 billion ($75,000) fine if found guilty of having violated the Electronic Transaction and Information Law. 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"Buni Yani's case file was declared complete by the West Java prosecutor's office a week ago," Argo said in Jakarta on Wednesday (05/04). "We will submit the second phase [of the case file] on the suspect and evidence to the West Java prosecutor's office next week," he added. Investigators from the Jakarta Police's cybercrime unit previously named Buni a suspect in alleged incitement involving race, religion, ethnicity and group affiliation. He was charged in November last year with editing and sharing the doctored video of Ahok's speech on social media. Buni faces a six-year prison term or a Rp 1 billion ($75,000) fine if found guilty of having violated the Electronic Transaction and Information Law. The former lecturer has approached the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and the Ombudsman for assistance. 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(Antara Photo/Reno Esnir) [created_timestamp] => 1482331309 [copyright] => ANTARA FOTO [focal_length] => 120 [iso] => 1250 [shutter_speed] => 0.005 [title] => Tersangka kasus dugaan pencemaran nama baik dan penghasutan dengan isu SARA, Buni Yani (kanan), didampingi penasehat hukum menjalani sidang praperadilan dengan agenda pembacaan putusan di PN Jakarta Selatan, Jakarta, Rabu (21/12) ) [post_id] => 620872 ) ) [7] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 640588 [post_author] => 279 [post_content] => Jakarta. Eko Cahyono, the deputy rector of Darma Persada University, said Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama did not intend to insult Islam during his now infamous speech to residents in the Thousand Islands district last year. Testifying as a witness in the ongoing blasphemy trial against Ahok in the North Jakarta District Court on Tuesday (07/03), Eko said: "I believe Mr. Ahok did not intend to blaspheme religion in his speech." He added that he has spoken with several religious figures, including the late former President Abdurrahamn Wahid, commonly referred to as Gus Dur, about the meaning of the Al-Maidah verse from the Koran, which Ahok cited in his speech. "Gus Dur said it is all right to choose a non-Muslim leader. I know this very well... I was standing right next to him. He told [the people] to choose a clean, responsible leader and he urged the public not to hesitate in choosing Ahok," Eko said in reference to the latter's participation in the Bangka Belitung gubernatorial election in 2007. Eko said Gus Dur explained that the Al-Maida 51 verse does not prohibit the election of non-Muslim leaders in state governments but instead warns against the influence of non-Muslim figures in the Islamic community. Eko, who ran as Ahok's deputy in the 2007 election, said they both experienced discrimination because of Ahok's ethnicity and religious beliefs. Before the trial session started on Tuesday, I Wayan Sidharta, one of Ahok's lawyers, explained the defense's rationale in calling several witnesses to the stand, including prominent Golkar Party politician Bambang Waluyo Djojohadikoesoemo and Analta Amier, Ahok's Muslim godbrother. "The witnesses can clarify details about Ahok's personal life that the public may be unaware of, including how he attended school in Muslim communities or specific instances in which he helped Muslims. Mr. Analta Amier is expected to explain his willingness to aid the Muslim community," Sidharta said. "[The witnesses] will share everything that the people of Indonesia should know about Ahok, who is being accused of blaspheming Islam. He is a person who loves to help the Muslim community by funding prayer houses and religious facilities," Sidharta added. The trial was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in a makeshift courtroom at the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture in South Jakarta. Ahok, a practicing Christian of Chinese descent, is facing both blasphemy and cyber-harassment charges after he said in his speech that nobody should quote from the Koran for political gain. Ahok was formally charged with blasphemy in November of last year after prominent Muslim hardliners orchestrated waves of mass demonstrations in Jakarta and elsewhere in the archipelago to demand his arrest.   Watch Indonesia Highlights at 8 p.m. tonight on the Jakarta Globe News Channel and Facebook Live to find out more about the blasphemy trial process against Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama. [post_title] => Ahok Did Not Intend to Insult Islam: Witness [post_excerpt] => "Gus Dur said it is alright to choose a non-Muslim leader. I know this very well... I was standing right next to him. He told [the people] to choose a clean, responsible leader and he urged the public not to hesitate in choosing Ahok," Eko said in context to Ahok's run for the governorship of Bangka Belitung province in 2007. 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Buni and his defense team have met with officials from Komnas HAM and the Ombudsman to ask them to supervise the case, which they claimed has been beset with irregularities. The former lecturer has also sent a letter to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to seek justice on a case he deemed as "discriminative and unfair."

Buni was charged in November last year with editing and sharing a video of a speech Ahok made on Pramuka Island in Jakarta's Thousand Islands district, in which the governor said nobody should manipulate verses from the Koran for political gain.

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