Court Upholds Jokowi´s Decision on Ahok´s Status

Friday, 19 May 2017 , 18:00:00 WIB - Law

People are seen queueing to take a photo with a standing figure of the nonactive Governor of Jakarta, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, and Acting Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat in front of the City Hall, Jakarta, Thursday (11/5). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) strengthens President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo’s decision not to discharge Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama from his status as the Governor of Jakarta although his current status is a defendant in a religious blasphemy case. Now, Ahok is being detained in the Mobile Brigade Command Detention Center (Mako Brimob), West Java after the judge sentenced him guilty.

Previously, Usamah Hisyam from the Indonesian Moslems Brotherhood (Parmusi) filed a judicial review against Jokowi’s decision to the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) on April 12, 2017. Besides Parmusi, lawyer group Advokat Cinta Tanah Air (ACTA) also filed the similar judicial review to PTUN. The petitioners consider that Ahok should resign from his position as a Governor because he’s current status is a defendant of religious blasphemy case that would put him in jail for five years according to Article 156 a of the Criminal Code (KUHP).

They consider that Ahok should be discharged according to Article 83 Paragraph 1 Law No.24/2015 on Regional Government.

Parmusi considers that Ahok deserves to be discharged as he has met the requirements to be charged with committing a crime that would put him in jail for at least five years.

However, the judges rejected Parmusi’s argument after they went through 2 months of trial.

Chief Judge Roni Erry Saputro, Judge Oenoen Pratiwi and Tri Cahya Indra Permana issued the ruling last Thursday (18/5). (mfb/dtc)