REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Supreme Court (MA) has decided to reject the case review petition to challenge the North Jakarta District Courts ruling that sentenced Basuki Tjahaja Purnama "Ahok" to two years imprisonment over blasphemy. MA said all of the reasons in filing case review could not be justified.
"Yes, it was rejected this afternoon around 04:00 pm West Indonesia Standard Time," spokesperson of the Supreme Court, Suhadi said to Republika.co.id, on Monday (March 26).
According to Suhardi, the decision was numbered 11 PK/PID/2018 in MA's document. Further details were listed on Supreme Court's website.
Ahok's lawyer presented 10 points of reasons in challanging the former Jakarta governor's conviction. The hearing was held at North Jakarta District Court on February 26.
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama "Ahok" attorney who is also his sister, Fifi Lety Indra, gives a statement after preliminary hearing of blasphemy case review, Jakarta, Monday (February 26).
Fifi said the judge missed the facts. "That was one of our reasons in challenging the verdict," she said after the hearing on February 26.
Ahok has been jailed at National Polices Mobile Brigade Command Headquarters (Mako Brimob) in Depok since May 2017. He was sentenced for his blasphemous statement regarding al Maidah 51 Quranic verse.
The judges in blasphemy case sentenced Ahok to two years imprisonment on May 9, 2017. "The defendant is proven guilty and convicingly in blaspheme the religion, related to surah Al Maidah," judge Dwiarso Budi Santiarto said when reading the verdict at Ministry of Agriculture's Auditorium, South Jakarta.
According to the judges, there were several points that incriminating the defendant. Firstly, Ahok did not feel guilty over his statement as an insult to religion. Secondly, Ahok's statement was harming religious harmony.