Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Indonesian Man Gets 5 Years For Insulting Islam On Facebook

Four years in prison wasn't enough for Sebastian Joe's blasphemy conviction, the West Javan Bandung High Court decided to add another year to the Ciamis District Court's, just for good measure.

The high court decided on Tuesday to give Sebastian a higher sentence as it used the 2008 Information and Electronic Transaction (ITE) Law as a lex specialis (special law), instead of the Criminal Code (KUHP) used by the district court, said Sebastian’s lawyer, Anang Fitriana, as quoted by on Wednesday.
Apparently someone from the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) snitched on him when he wrote something on his Facebook page which was deemed insulting to Islam.

You can't find much information on the case, but someone commenting on the Jakarta Post article says he believes the status post that got Joe in trouble was:

 "Tuhan pelit dan sombong", meaning "God is mean and arrogant."

That deserved 5 years in jail?

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