Indonesia’s Governor faces blasphemy Charge

Indonesian police have named Jakarta’s Governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, as a suspect in a Blasphemy Investigation.

Popularly known as “Ahok”, he is accused of insulting the Koran while campaigning in Governorship Elections.

Mr Purnama is a Christian from the Chinese Ethnic Minority and the First Non-Muslim to lead the City.

The case has prompted fears of a rise in tensions in the largely Muslim Country.

Police said they would not detain the governor despite calls for his arrest from Islamist Groups, but barred him from leaving the country during the investigation.

They also recommended that the case be tried in an Open Court.

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