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Indonesia: Jakarta’s ex governor Ahok drops blasphemy appeal

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Written by Gisele Alba

The former Christian governor of Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, has withdrawn an appeal against a two-year jail sentence for insulting Islam, according to his family and lawyers.

Ahok wrote in a letter to his supporters: “I know this is not easy for you to accept this reality, let alone me, but I have learned to forgive and accept all this,” he said, adding that he had dropped his appeal “for the sake of our people and nation“.

It is not right to protest against each other in the process I am going through now,” Purnama said, saying he was concerned that his supporters could be involved in clashes with parties opposing him.

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