Police Advise to Relocate Ahok's Trial


DECEMBER 17, 2016

Jakarta. The police have advised to move the next session of a blasphemy trial against Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama to a different location.

"It should be held at a less busy location. [During the first session] we had to divert the traffic around the court house, which disturbed or delayed other trials," Jakarta Police deputy chief Brig. Gen. Suntana said on Friday (16/12).


The police have requested the North Jakarta Court chairman to suggest a better venue.

Suntana said that despite the change in location, high security measures will still be applied to safeguard the next court session, scheduled for Dec. 20.

"We will guarantee security for the prosecutors, judges and all related parties, also members of the public," he added.

Alternative locations proposed by authorities include Cibubur in East Jakarta and Ragunan in the south of the city.

Police named Ahok a suspect in a blasphemy case in mid-November, after mass protests by hardline Muslims against him.