Jakarta governor to face firm legal action soon: VP

Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) will soon face some firm legal action on charges of blasphemy, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said.

“We have discussed (the case) with some colleagues representing the demonstrators (and have come to the conclusion that) Ahok will soon face firm legal action,” the vice president stated here on Friday.

He made the remarks after holding talks with representatives of demonstrators supporting the edict of the Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) on the alleged case of blasphemy involving the Jakarta governor.

Kalla made it clear that the legal process will be completed in two weeks.

The representatives of demonstrators included KH Bachtiar Nashir of the Arrahman Quranic Learning, Ustaz Zaitun Rasmin of Wahdah Islamiyah, and Ustaz Misbah of the Islamic Defenders Front.

The vice president was accompanied by chief of presidential staff Teten Masduki, Minister/Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, presidential spokesman Johan Budi, Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Saifuddin and Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto.

Asrul Sani and Abu Bakar Al Habsyi of the House Commission III were also attending the meeting.

More than 100 thousand people took part in the rally that was organized to protest against the Jakarta governors alleged blasphemous statement concerning the Holy Quran.

The protestors came from various regions across the country such as East Java, West Java, Central Java, South Kalimantan and West Sumatra.

In his speech before the protestors here on Friday, Kiai Jafar Siddiq, an ulema (Islamic scholar) from Jakarta, stressed that the peaceful rally did not have anything to do with the upcoming Jakarta gubernatorial election or other political interests.

The Muslims are united in the rally to call for law enforcement against the alleged case of blasphemy, he stressed.

Source: Antara News