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Jakarta's Christian Governor Sentenced To 2 Years For Blasphemy

The Indonesian court's decision has cheered Muslim conservatives and crushed the hopes of advocates of a more pluralistic and tolerant path for their nation.
Jakarta's Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (C), popularly known as Ahok, speaks to his lawyers after judges delivered their sentence during the verdict in his blasphemy trial in Jakarta on May 9, 2017. Jakarta's Christian governor was jailed for two years on May 9 after being found guilty of committing blasphemy, capping a saga seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / BAY ISMOYO / Getty Images

A court in Indonesia has sentenced the capital's Christian governor to two years in prison for blasphemy against Islam, in a decision that has cheered Muslim conservatives and crushed the hopes of advocates of a more pluralistic and tolerant path for their nation.

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