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Christian governor of Jakarta imprisoned for blasphemy

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By Euronews
Christian governor of Jakarta imprisoned for blasphemy

<p>The outgoing governor of Jakarta has been sentenced to two years in jail for blasphemy.</p> <p>Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, is accused of insulting Islam during his campaign for re-election in Muslim-majority Indonesia.</p> <p>The outcome is considered a setback for religious tolerance under a government that has sought to stamp out radical groups.</p> <p>His sentence is harsher than the one-year suspended term prosecutors had demanded.</p> <p>But his opponents claim it was too lenient. They called for five years in prison, or even the death sentence.</p> <p>Ahok was taken into custody immediately after the court hearing. His deputy will govern the capital until October, when his term ends.</p> <p>He has seven days to appeal the sentence.</p>