Jakarta. Muslim protesters met with Supreme Court officials on Friday (05/05) during a mass rally in the capital to demand a heavy sentence for Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, whose long-running blasphemy trial will conclude next Tuesday, May 9.
White-clad protesters, who have been gathering at nearby Istiqlal Mosque, backed down on a plan for a long march to the Supreme Court.
The police, anticipating such a move, had blocked off roads leading to it.
"There was no protest at the Supreme Court. The demonstrators sent 12 representatives to meet with court officials," Jakarta Police spokesman Chief Comr. Raden Argo Yuwono told reporters.
"The representatives were welcomed into the Supreme Court. They're still holding a meeting in there," he added.
Friday's mass protest came just four days before the North Jakarta District Court hands down a verdict against outgoing Jakarta Governor Ahok.
He is facing blasphemy and hate speech charges, which carry prison terms of up to five and four years. But earlier this month, prosecutors demanded a much lighter sentence of a two-year probation with a possible one-year prison term.