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TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR JAKARTA GOVERNOR

An Indonesian court Tuesday sentenced the outgoing governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, to two years in prison, after he was found guilty of blasphemy, in a case which, according to experts, tests religious pluralism in this Islamic country.

 

 

The judge noted that the defendant did not show any remorse and said he was able to break the unity of Indonesia before his arrest was ordered.

 

The punishment meted out to him is harsher than what the prosecution proposed, but is less than the maximum punishment of up to 5 years in prison as stipulated in the country’s legislation.

 

Ahok, a Chinese-ethnic Christian, was charged in November for a speech where he had criticized some verses of the Quran.

 

Ahok claims the video of the speech was doctored, and said he will appeal the sentence.

Nearly 13,000 policemen were deployed in the Indonesian capital to prevent clashes between supporters and opponents of Ahok, who lost the governor’s re-election on April 19.

 

The ruling comes a day after the government dissolved the Islamic group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) on grounds that it contradicts the principles of national unity and diversity.

 

The trial against Ahok was encouraged by Islamist radicals, led by the Islamic Defenders Front organization, who were against a non-Muslim being in charge of Jakarta, and which organized mass protests against him in October and November.

 

The HTI, which aims at the restoration of an Islamic caliphate and implementation of Sharia (Islamic law) throughout Indonesia, also participated in the protests.

 

The Islamist opposition to Ahok started in 2014 when he became the governor of Jakarta, but intensified with the blasphemy case and subsequent protests.

 

The protests also assumed central focus during the governor’s re-election on April 19, in which Ahok conceded defeat to Muslim candidate and former education minister, Anies Baswedan.

 

Indonesia is home to the largest Islamic population globally, with 88 percent of its 250 million people being Muslims, mostly moderates.

 

Jakarta, May 9, 2017, EFE/Practica Español

 

Grammar notes: tenses in the subjunctive mood, differences between ‘por’ and ‘para’

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Question 1
La noticia trata...
A
del inicio de un juicio en Indonesia.
B
de la reapertura de un caso.
C
del fallo de un tribunal indonesio.
Question 2
Según el texto, Ahok es acusado...
A
por haber defendido la libertad de credo en Indonesia.
B
por haber agredido a unos musulmanes en Yakarta.
C
por haber realizado comentarios ofensivos contra el Islam.
Question 3
Según el texto, el acusado se arrepintió de lo que hizo.
A
Falso.
B
No se sabe.
C
Verdadero.
Question 4
Según la noticia, el acusado...
A
es el gobernador electo en Yakarta.
B
seguirá siendo gobernador en Yakarta.
C
dejará de ser gobernador en Yakarta.
Question 5
La defensa de Ahok...
A
no va a recurrir la resolución judicial.
B
cuestiona la validez de la prueba que le inculpa.
C
admite que su cliente cometió ese delito.
Question 6
El resultado de los comicios en Yakarta estuvo influido por este caso judicial.
A
Falso.
B
Verdadero.
C
No se sabe.
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