Indonesia's highest court has rejected an appeal to review the case of the former governor of Jakarta who was convicted of blasphemy.
According to International Christian Concern, Jakarta's first Chinese-Christian governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama – also known as "Ahok," was convicted of blasphemy despite the prosecutor's recommendation that the blasphemy charges be dropped.
More than nine months after his conviction, Ahok officially challenged it through a case review petition to the Supreme Court. But late last month, the court rejected it.
ICC's Gina Goh says Ahok will have to serve his full prison term which runs until next year.
Reuters reported last year that Ahok, in the midst of a bitter election, suggested that his Islamic political rivals were deceiving voters by suggesting the Koran forbids non-Muslims from leading Muslims.
He was sentenced to two years in prison while hundreds of supporters protested outside the courtroom, the wire service also reported.
"This whole case is really a warning sign," she says, "because I think the government's move to persecute him on the blasphemy charge is like a warning sign for all non-Muslims, like if you do something that's deemed offensive by the majority-Muslim community then this is what might happen to you."
There seems to be a rise of religious intolerance in Indonesia as radical Islam gradually grows.
"Indonesia has always boasts itself as multi-religious and a country with diversity," she advises, but that reputation is dying if legal cases like this continue.