Ahok Withdraws File of Appeal to Respect Moslems

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 , 12:00:00 WIB -

Bhinneka Tunggal Ika BTP advocates I Wayan Sudirta (left) and Teguh Samudra (right) are seen showing Ahokâs file of appeal at the State Court of North Jakarta, Monday (22/5). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Qur’anic verse blasphemy Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama has withdrawn his file of appeal against the two-year prison sentence he received. One of Ahok’s lawyer, Ronny Talapessy, said Ahok honors the legal process.

"He is a honorable statesman. Of course, his family was one of the considerations. This is a decision of a gentleman, a knight," Ronny said, Monday (22/5).

According to Ronny, Ahok does not want the polemics to continue. He wants to show his respect to Moslems, who will soon enter Ramadan.

"This shows that he highly respects Moslems. He does not want to continue with the appeal. There would be more demonstrations that could disrupt Moslems in conducting their Ramadan worships," Ronny said.

Ronny denies rumors that the withdrawal was part of a strategy.

Meanwhile, according to him, Ahok is in healthy condition, spending his time reading books and doing sports. "Mr. Ahok is healthy. He is in good health condition. He is now writing a lot, to spend his time," he said.