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Ahok to Refuse Parole and Serve Out Prison Sentence

Former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is serving a two-year jail sentence for blasphemy, will refuse parole in hope of an early release date.

Better known as Ahok, the Chinese-Christian politician will be eligible for parole in August this year, and be released for up to four hours a day.

“But he has decided not to take it, and will wait until he is completely free instead,” said his sister Fifi Lety Indra in an Instagram post on Wednesday, July 11.

According to his sister, there is a chance Basuki could be released as early as next month after having served almost two-thirds of his sentence, and taking into account the possible remission he may be granted for good behaviour.

“But rather than (speculate), let’s wait for the exact count in August,” she added.

Local prison authorities confirmed that Basuki has served two-thirds of his sentence and has been “cooperative” during his time behind bars, although they would not comment if he has been granted parole yet.

As a Christian, Basuki was eligible – and given remission – for the Christmas holidays last year.

He may also have more time shaved off his sentence during Indonesia’s Independence Day celebrations on Aug 17.

An early release would cap what has been a trying couple of years for Basuki, who was jailed for two years in May last year after a Jakarta court found him guilty of blasphemy against Islam.

Source: Straits Times

Photo courtesy of Sigid Kurniawan/Antara Foto

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