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Jakarta governor found guilty of blasphemy

The outgoing governor of Jakarta has been sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy and inciting violence.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, was the first ethnic Chinese Christian to run Indonesia’s capital, and the case was seen as a test of the country’s religious tolerance.

He was accused of insulting Islam by referring to a verse in the Koran during a campaign speech.

Mr Purnama denied blasphemy and in court said he would mount an appeal.

His remarks about Islam had sparked outrage among religious hardliners.

They staged regular large rallies calling for him to face trial, with some extremists even calling for him to be executed.

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