Indonesian jailed for post ‘insulting Islam’

JAKARTA: An Indonesian was jailed for five years yesterday for a Facebook post deemed offensive to Islam, his lawyer said, the latest conviction under the country’s controversial electronic information law.

Alnoldy Bahari, 39, was found guilty of spreading hate speech for a post in which he claimed to have experienced God’s presence and questioned the faith of other Muslims. “He’s been sentenced to five years’ jail and has to pay a fine of 100 million rupiah ($7,200),” said Bahari’s lawyer Andi Komara.”We will most likely appeal because many facts weren’t taken into account and were twisted.” The verdict will fuel fears that Indonesia’s moderate brand of Islam is coming under threat from increasingly influential radicals._ AFP

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