Jakarta turns into a battlefield

A clash between Indonesian security forces and protesters angry over the result of last month’s presidential election raged for a second night on Wednesday (May 22), turning central Jakarta into a battlefield of tear gas, rubber bullets, rocks and firecrackers. Protesters tore up slabs of pavement, destroyed street signs and[…]

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Jakarta governor Ahok found guilty of blasphemy

  An Indonesian court has found Jakarta’s outgoing Christian governor guilty of blasphemy against Islam. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday in a south Jakarta courtroom over comments he made regarding what he believed to be the misinterpretation of certain[…]

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Indonesian court to proceed with blasphemy trial

An Indonesian court will proceed with a controversial blasphemy case against Jakarta’s Christian governor, who is accused of insulting the Quran, a judge said. A panel of judges on Tuesday rejected a call by lawyers defending Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama to strike down the case because it had violated the[…]

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Jakarta governor Ahok’s blasphemy trial begins

The high-profile blasphemy trial of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has begun in Indonesia as dozens rallied outside the court both in support and against the Jakarta governor. Tuesday’s protests were under heavy police guard, as Purnama – the first Christian governor of Jakarta in more than 50 years – arrived at[…]

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Jakarta’s Christian governor Purnama in blasphemy row

Jakarta’s Christian governor has been formally named a suspect on blasphemy allegations after claims that he insulted Islam led to a violent mass protest by Muslim groups in the Indonesian capital. After a lengthy preliminary investigation, police said that the allegations against Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is also a member[…]

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Indonesia arrests ISIL suspects after attacks

Indonesian police have arrested three men over links to attacks in Jakarta that left seven people dead including five attackers, local TV reported. The arrests on Friday came less than 24 hours after the shooting and bombing rampage, the first such attack in the country since 2009. Colonel Dwiyono told[…]

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Jakarta attacks: ISIL claims responsibility

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has claimed responsibility for the coordinated bomb and gun attacks in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, a news agency linked to ISIL reported on Thursday. At least seven people, including five attackers, were killed in the explosions and gun battle between[…]

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