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Religious Blasphemy Convict to Appeal
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:The Sampang District Court in Madura sentenced cleric Tajul Muluk to two years imprisonment after finding him guilty of religious profanity and blasphemy. The defendant quickly announced that he would appeal against the verdict which was read out last Thursday.
In the seven hour trial proceeding, the panel of judges led by Amin Noer Cahyo said Tajul was guilty of insulting Islam by stating that Al-Quran in current circulation was no longer authentic. “The defendant is guilty of religious slander,” Amin read. Tajul Muluk was
arrested in April by police in Madura amid anti-Shiite attacks that rights groups say were led by Sunni Muslims. During his teachings, Muluk said that Muslims should pray only three times a day, and that the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca was not obligatory.
As soon as the verdict was concluded, Tajul expressed his intention to appeal. “This is not fair. My pride has been trampled upon. I have proof of my innocence,” he said. The prosecutor will also file their appeal against the sentence which is less than their demand. ***