Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, arrives at a court in Jakarta for his verdict and sentence. Photo: AFP

Jail for Jakarta governor Ahok over blasphemy against Islam

Basuki Purnama, the ethnic Chinese, Christian governor of the Indonesian capital, vows to appeal stronger-than-expected verdict that threatens social harmony in world’s largest Muslim-majority nation

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Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, arrives at a court in Jakarta for his verdict and sentence. Photo: AFP
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.