REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Blasphemy convict Basuki Tjahaja Purnama "Ahok" might be released from prison in January 2019. Having served 19 months of his two years sentence, Ahok was included in the list of proposed remission on Christmas Day 2018.
Head of Public Relations of the Directorate General of Correctional Services of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights (Ditjenpas Kemkumham) Ade Kusmanto explained, Ahok received a Christmas remission for 15 days in 2017, and a general remission of August 17, 2018 for two months. Therefore, if the proposal for a Christmas remission for one month is granted, then Ahok's total remission during his sentence is three months and 15 days.
"If calculated from the date of detention on May 9, 2017, he is expected to be free in January 2019," Ade said when confirmed, Tuesday (Dec 11).
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Ade explained that the former Jakarta governor was entitled to a remission because he had fulfilled a number of conditions. First, Ahok was considered to show good behavior and had served a criminal term of more than six months. Ahok was also not serving a disciplinary sentence in the past six months.
"A reduction in prison time can be given if until the appointed time Ahok is consistent in obeying all regulations during his criminal period or behaving well," he explained.
The North Jakarta Court sentenced Ahok to two years in prison for the blasphemy case on May 9, 2017. Ahok also submitted a review (PK). However, the PK proposed by Ahok was rejected by the Supreme Court of Justice consisting of Artidjo Alkostar, Salman Lurhan, and Margiatmo on March 26, 2018.