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            [post_content] => Jakarta. Jakarta-based human rights group Setara Institute has called on the judges to acquit Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, arguing that the charge against him is politically motivated, the group said in a statement.

"The judges should rectify the actions of the police and state prosecutors by [acquitting] Ahok from the charge against him and clearing his name," Setara Institute deputy head, Bonar Tigor Naipospos, said in a statement released shortly after Ahok's court session on Thursday (20/04).

At the session, prosecutors addressed the court on sentence, suggesting that a two-year probation period is appropriate if the governor is convicted. In the event that the probation order is breached, a possible one-year jail term may be imposed, the prosecution added.

The prosecution reduced the blasphemy charge against the governor from Article 156a of the Criminal Code to Article 156, explaining that Ahok's criticism was directed at people, not the Koran. The latter carries a lighter maximum sentence and also no longer requires that the prosecution prove that Ahok "deliberately" committed the act, which would have been more difficult to prove.

Article 156 also has a wider scope, where the prosecution need only prove that the accused publicly expressed feelings of hostility, hatred or contempt against one or more groups of the population of Indonesia. In this context, a group may be distinguished by race, country of origin, religion and descent.

Ahok had been facing blasphemy charges since November last year after saying during a speech on Pramuka Island that his political rivals have been quoting verse 51 of the Koran's Al-Maidah chapter to turn people against him.

"The reduction of the charge from Article 156a [to Article 156], has bolstered the views of various legal experts, religious figures, academics and nongovernmental activists [who argue] that the elements of blasphemy are difficult to prove," Bonar said.

Bonar added that accusing Ahok of blasphemy was merely an effort to satisfy certain politically motivated interests to hamper his chances in the gubernatorial election.

"It was more a move by law enforcers to satisfy the desire of a political mob to send Ahok to prison and to remove him from the Jakarta election by stigmatizing him as a 'blasphemer,'" Bonar said in the statement.

It is clear that the prosecution missed the mark, realizing that the evidence was limited and it was an uphill battle to prove that blasphemy was committed, Bonar said.

"It's obvious that the blasphemy trial against Ahok is just a move by law enforcers to further political interests, or at least, a move to let law enforcement become an instrument catering to the interest of street mobs," he said in the statement.

"By instead using Article 156 [of the Criminal Code], the foul play [that is going on] has become so obvious, as the scope of this article is wider compared to Article 156a. The prosecution missed their target," Bonar said. Bonar also hopes that the judges will consider all factors when preparing the verdict. [post_title] => Trial Is Politically Motivated, Ahok Should Be Acquitted: Setara Institute [post_excerpt] => Jakarta-based human rights group Setara Institute has called on the judges to acquit Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, arguing that the charge against him is politically motivated, the group said in a statement. 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North Jakarta District Court prosecutors demanded two years probation with a possible one-year jail term for Ahok, downgrading the charge against the embattled governor, who had been facing blasphemy charges since November last year after quoting verse 51 of the Koran's Al-Maidah chapter during a speech on Pramuka Island in Jakarta's Thousand Islands district. Police declared Ahok a suspect in November after more than 100,000 Muslims marched against the governor, who is a Christian of Chinese ethnicity. Protesters demanded Ahok's immediate arrest, but police later decided against detention as investigators had mixed views of the case and the governor was only barred from leaving the country. Thursday's sentence recommendation by prosecutors indicate that police did not follow due process in naming Ahok a blasphemy suspect, Jakarta-based human rights group, the Setara Institute, said. "It was more a move by law enforcers to satisfy the desire of a political mob to send Ahok to prison and to remove him from the Jakarta election by stigmatizing him as a 'blasphemer,'" Setara Institute deputy head Bonar Tigor Naipospos said in a statement released shortly after Thursday's court session. "It's obvious that the blasphemy trial against Ahok is just a move by law enforcers to further political interests, or at least, a move to let law enforcement become an instrument catering to the interest of street mobs," he said in the statement. Bonar said the recommendation for a lighter sentence for Ahok also indicates that there has been legal confusion among prosecutors, and that the judges should therefore dismiss all charges. "It's better to free a thousand people than convict one innocent person," Bonar said. [caption id="attachment_655827" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Mob violence on Jakarta streets following a protest march against incumbent Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama on Nov. 4 last year. (Antara Photo/Rivan Awal) Mob violence on Jakarta streets following a protest march against incumbent Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama on Nov. 4 last year. (Antara Photo/Rivan Awal)[/caption] Airlangga Pribadi Kusman, a lecturer in politics at Airlangga University in Surabaya, East Java, echoed Bonar Tigor's view, saying social tensions were expected to ease after the quick count results showed Ahok lost the Jakarta gubernatorial election on Wednesday. He said there was no longer any need to pursue the charges against Ahok, the capital's first ethnic Chinese governor in the post-Suharto era. "It is really obvious that there is political dimension to Ahok's blasphemy charge. Ahok-Djarot's rivals have used it as a 'political tool' to achieve their victory," Airlangga said. "Since Ahok lost the election, there would no longer be social tensions and pressure from his rivals. On the other hand, Ahok's supporters also don't seem interested in pouring more gasoline on the current situation," the lecturer said. Airlangga said the main concern in the long run is to prevent a repeat of this situation in other parts of Indonesia. "Using religion for political gain can be seen as an alternative method for them to win elections by manufacturing blasphemy issues and hoaxes, which also happened during the 2014 presidential election," he said. During Thursday's court session, prosecutors opted not to charge Ahok with Article 156a of the Criminal Code on blasphemy, explaining that his criticism was directed at people, not the Koran. Prosecutors instead charged him with transgressing Article 156, which requires them to prove that Ahok publicly expressed feelings of hostility, hatred or contempt against one or more population groups. Ahok's slip of the tongue still left him with some problems, with prosecutors demanding that "if he commits any criminal offense, not necessarily blasphemy, he will be imprisoned for a year," Ismail, a law professor at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta, told the Jakarta Globe. [post_title] => Downgrade of Charges Against Ahok Good, but Why Was He Prosecuted at All? 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The governor reportedly told Pramuka Island residents that "maybe deep in your hearts you feel you cannot choose me [as leader] because you've been tricked using Al-Maidah: 51." However, during a court hearing on Thursday prosecutors chose not to charge Ahok with Article 156a of the Criminal Code on blasphemy, explaining that Ahok's criticism was directed at people, not the Koran. The prosecutors instead reduced the charge to Article 156 where the prosecution must prove that the accused publicly expressed feelings of hostility, hatred or contempt against one or more groups of the population of Indonesia. Prosecutor Ali Murkatono said Ahok's speech had created an unnecessary public uproar and that the governor insisted on a singular interpretation of the Al-Maidah verse. Ali also singled out Buni Yani — the Facebook user who initially edited and uploaded a video of Ahok's speech — for stirring up the public controversy. The reduced charge carries a lighter maximum sentence and also no longer requires that the prosecution prove that the accused "deliberately" committed the act. The prosecution recommended that the court sentence Ahok to a two-year probationary period, if the court were to find him guilty. If he breaches the probation order, he would then be required to serve a one-year jail sentence, the prosecution said. Ahok will respond to the prosecution's recommended sentence at the next hearing, scheduled for April 25. "My lawyers and I will deliver our statements then," Ahok said. Ahok will most likely stay on as governor of Jakarta until October — when he will make way for presumed governor-elect Anies Baswedan — since according to regulation a regional leader can only be dismissed from the post if he is involved in a criminal charge where prosecutors demand at least a five-year jail term for his crime. According to quick count results provided by several pollsters, Ahok and his deputy Djarot Saiful Hidayat lost the second round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election by a large margin of 12 percent to 16 percent. Ahok congratulated his rival Anies Baswedan and running mate Sandiaga Uno on their victory during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. Correction: the previous version of this article said that the prosecution demanded a one-year jail term with a two-year probation period. The Jakarta Globe apologizes for this error. [post_title] => Prosecutors Seek Two Years Probation for Ahok, Downgraded Blasphemy Charge [post_excerpt] => Prosecutors demanded a two-year probation period with a possible one-year jail term for Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama at the North Jakarta District Court on Thursday (20/04), downgrading the charge against the embattled governor. 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"We apologize for the delay and beg the court for more time to prepare the sentence demand as we cannot deliver it today," Ali said during the hearing at a makeshift courtroom in the Ministry of Agriculture headquarters in Ragunan, South Jakarta. Presiding judge Dwiarso Budi Santiarto offered the prosecutors an extension until 12 p.m. to type up the sentence demand but the prosecutors said they would prefer to deliver it next week. The hearing has been rescheduled for Apr. 20, a day after the Jakarta election runoff in which Ahok is going head-to-head against former education minister Anies Baswedan. "We accept the new schedule from the judges. We're not going to gain anything from this postponement," Ahok’s lawyer Humprey Djemat said. He added that Ahok will now have only five days to prepare his plea statement due to the postponement. Last week, Jakarta Police had requested the postponement of Tuesday’s blasphemy hearing due to security concerns ahead of the April 19 runoff election. The request was ignored by the North Jakarta District Court. 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The artist native to Tulungagung, East Java, has caused an outcry among netizens after he revealed several controversial references in X-Men Gold #1 on his Facebook account on Wednesday (05/04). On some pages, there are scenes depicting Jewish mutant Kitty Pryde standing in front of a crowd next to a sign "Jewelry," which some interpret as reference to her ancestry. On the same panel, Adrian drew a building with number "212," in which netizens saw a hint to the anti-Ahok rally. In another scene of the X-Men, where a group of mutant superheroes play baseball, Adrian, whose "Welcome to the Jungle" hardback graphic novel was nominated for Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story in 2009, drew superhero Colossus wearing a t-shirt with "QS 5:51" on it.

QS is an abbreviation of "Quran" (Koran) and "Surah" (chapter).

The allusion is clear, as Ahok is currently standing trial on blasphemy charges, since several hardline groups reported him to police after he had referred in a public speech to verse 51 from Surah 5 of the Koran, which says non-Muslims should not become the leaders of Muslims. When some commented that Adrian tried to cause controversy, the artist remained calm.

In this scene, Kitty is talking about being the new leader of the X-Men.

The X-Men were created in the 1960s by Jewish artists Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and writer Marc Guggenheim.

ComicBook.com has secured a statement from Marvel, in which the publisher said it will remove some scenes from the comic and will take unspecified disciplinary measures against the Indonesian artist.

"The mentioned artwork in X-Men Gold #1 was inserted without knowledge behind its reported meanings," Marvel said, as quoted by ComicBook.com, an independently owned media company focusing on all things pop culture.

"These implied references do not reflect the views of the writer, editors or anyone else at Marvel and are in direct opposition to the inclusiveness of Marvel Comics and what the X-Men have stood for since their creation. This artwork will be removed from subsequent printings, digital versions and trade paperbacks and disciplinary action is being taken," Marvel said.

The Indonesian artist defended his decision to put a hidden message in the drawings by saying on his Facebook page that "I don't hate Jews and Christians… I have a many good friends [among them] too."

But he also said the numbers in his drawings might carry an additional meaning.

It is not the first time for Adrian to insert hidden messages in his works. Earlier, he delineated President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's participation in Jakarta's gubernatorial election in 2012 and presidential race in 2014, in one of the editions of Batgirl comic book.

It is unclear whether Ardian will continue to work for Marvel.

It seems, however, that he has already completed his work for X-Men Gold #2, which will be released on April 19.

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MUI rushed into conclusion Though Ishomuddin is a senior figure at MUI, he admitted that the institution might have rushed into conclusion when it issued an edict that accuses the governor of insulting Islam. "[The edict] was issued in a rush. We did not watch the entire 1 hour and 48 minutes of video footage. We made our judgment after seeing the edited version," he said. "In the full video, Ahok never mentioned the word 'ulema.' He said 'people' [who misuse the Koranic verse]," the cleric added. Following his testimony at Ahok's trial, rumors swirled that MUI may expel Ishomuddin from the ulema council. MUI Chairman Ma’ruf Amin said Ishomuddin is only going to be demoted to a regular member. 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The request was made to ensure security in the capital ahead of the high-tension run-off election, which will pit Governor Ahok with rival Anies Baswedan, a former education minister. Police will also stop all criminal investigations against Anies and his running mate Sandiaga Uno, the letter said. Anies was reported to police for alleged defamation earlier this week by a group of Ahok supporters after he reportedly claimed "Ahok's city administration will evict residents from more than 300 areas in Jakarta" during a campaign event. Meanwhile, Sandiaga is being investigated for alleged embezzlement in a Rp 7 billion ($527,000) land purchase deal in 2012. "It's normal for the police to write a letter to the court to highlight security concerns before a trial," Jakarta Police spokesman Chief Comr. Argo Yuwono told reporters at the Jakarta Police headquarters. "Our concern is with the timing of the hearing. It's too close to the 'silent period' before the election and the election day itself. As much as possible we want to avoid crowds of people in public areas," he added. North Jakarta District Court spokesman Hasoloan Sianturi said the police's request will be discussed in an official hearing with judges in the blasphemy trial. Prosecutors are due to deliver their sentence demand against Ahok on Tuesday — the eighteenth session of the long-running blasphemy trial. According to Indonesian law, if the prosecutors demand a jail term of more than five years for Ahok, the Home Affairs Ministry is allowed to dismiss him from his post as governor. 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This includes Ahmad Ishomuddin, a renowned cleric from the Nadhlatul Ulama (NU); Djisman Samosir, a lecturer at Parahyangan University's law faculty; and Rahayu Surtiati, a linguistics professor at the University of Indonesia. Ahok also presented his childhood friend Fajrun, who spoke about the governor's past and who testified that he had no intention to insult the Koran, or the religious beliefs of anyone. Ahok, who is running for re-election in the second round of this month's gubernatorial election, has repeatedly denied the blasphemy accusations against him after a heavily edited video of a speech in which he objected to the use of a Koranic verse for political gain, went viral on social media last year. The governor has been charged with blasphemy and cyber-harassment. 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"I agree with the need to maintain [religious] harmony. However, I disagree with [MUI's] decision [to issue an edict]," Ahmad said during the trial at a makeshift courtroom in the Ministry of Agriculture headquarters in Ragunan, South Jakarta. "I was informed that MUI did no investigation [before issuing the edict]. MUI did not interview residents on Pramuka Island and never asked for any statement from Ahok," he said. "Awliya": leader or loyal friend? Ahmad also offered his interpretation of the word "awliya" in verse 51 of the Koran's Al Maida chapter, which Ahok referred to in his Pramuka Island speech. Ahok had criticized his political opponents who he said had been quoting the Koranic verse to persuade people not to vote for him. The verse is often interpreted as saying that Muslims should not choose a Jew or a Christian as their leader ("awliya"). But, according to Ahmad, "'Awliya' actually means a loyal friend. Some may [interpret it to mean 'leader'], but according to my study of over 30 commentaries on the Koran, no one had ever interpreted the word to mean 'leader.'" People should also consider the extra-textual context of Al Maida 51, according to Ahmad, who said the verse spoke about treason during time of war. But during the Jakarta election, it has often been referred to out of that context. Ahmad added that before accusing Ahok of blasphemy, his accusers should have clarified his intention in referring to the Koranic verse. "Islam does not allow us to judge before making clarification. 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