Tuesday, 18 February 2020 | 19:07 WIB

Ahok Sentencing Has Hurt Public Conscience

Benny Susetyo (indeksberita)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The panel of judges have decided that Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, was guilty of committing a criminal act of defamation of religion and sentenced to two years in prison. In response, Antonius Benny Susetyo, Secretary of the Council of Setara Institute, viewed judges’ decision had hurt public conscience.

"We want to remind the children of this nation that there is a legal process that had hurt public conscience, because, in the facts of the trial, we can see how the law is subject to the power of the masses," said Benny in Jakarta on Thursday (5/11).

Benny Susetyo, often called Romo Benny, said the judge's decision also reflected that justice in Indonesia was being hurt.

"Morality is far removed, when justice is injured and when the law does not side with the truth, it is without order," he said.

As previously reported, the judges explained by considering article 156a of the Criminal Code and Article from Law No. 8/1981 and other relevant provisions, the North Jakarta District Court stated that the defendant Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) was legally and convincingly proven guilty of committing a criminal act of defamation.

"Sentenced the defendant to two years imprisonment and ordered the defendant to be detained," said the panel of judges’ chairman, Dwiarso Budi Santiarto said as he read out the verdict at the Ministry of Agriculture's Ragunan Auditorium in Jakarta on Tuesday (5/9).