Indonesia faces test as Christian governor stands trial

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is the first Christian to govern Jakarta in more than 50 yearsJakarta’s Christian governor will stand trial on Tuesday accused of blasphemy in a high-profile case that has emboldened hardline groups and stoked fears of growing intolerance in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama — the first Christian to govern Jakarta in more than 50 years — will defend allegations that he insulted the Koran and fight calls for his imprisonment under Indonesia’s tough blasphemy laws. Purnama, known for his outspoken style, outraged Muslims when he controversially quoted a passage from the Islamic holy text while campaigning in elections for the Jakarta governorship.

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