TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The legal team representing inactive Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama alias Ahok will bring three expert witnesses in the 15th hearing of blasphemy trial on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Among the witnesses to appear at court is a cleric of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama or NU.
“Fact witnesses [in Ahok’s favor] are enough. From now on, [we will bring] expert [witnesses],” Humphrey R. Djemat, a member of Ahok legal team, told Tempo in a phone interview on Monday, March 20, 2017.
Humphrey said that the witnesses to testify tomorrow are KH Ahmad Ishomuddin, a member of the Rais Syuriah (Consultative Board) of the NU, Rahayu Surtiati, a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Indonesia (UI) and Djisman Samosir, a lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Parahyangan Catholic University.
The North Jakarta District Court has confirmed the names. The 15th hearing of the blasphemy trial will be held at the Agriculture Minister’s auditorium in South Jakarta, as in previous sessions.
In the previous session, Ahok’s legal team brought four fact witnesses, one of whom failed to show up at court.