News Desk | The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, March 7, 2017 | 12:36 pm

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Unable to hit the streets on Tuesday for the first day of campaigning for the second round of the gubernatorial election, Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama instead had to attend the latest hearing of his blasphemy trial.

It was the thirteenth hearing of his trial by the North Jakarta District Court and the first time that the defense has presented witnesses.

“The witnesses are Bambang Waluyo Djojohadikoesoemo;  Analta Amier, who is Ahok’s half brother, and Eko Cahyono,” said Ahok’s lawyer Ronny Talapessy as quoted by Kompas.com on the sidelines of the hearing at the Agriculture Ministry in Ragunan, South Jakarta.

Bambang is a politician from the Golkar Party’s Jakarta chapter who attended Ahok’s visit to Thousand Islands last September, said Ronny. It was during the visit that Ahok made a speech that allegedly blasphemed Islam. The lawyer did not explain who Eko was.

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