Jakarta – The Bandung District Court began on Tuesday the first trial hearing of Buni Yani, the uploader of an edited version of former Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama's speech in Thousand Islands regency, for which the latter was sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy.
Buni, who was flanked by 29 lawyers, arrived at the court at 9 a.m. In the hearing presided over by judge M. Sapto, state prosecutors were scheduled to read out the indictment against Buni.
Buni has been charged for allegedly violating Article 28 of the Information and Electronic Transaction Law that carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison.
Buni has uploaded an edited version of video footage showing Ahok making a speech that some deemed blasphemous during the non-active governor's working visit in the regency in September 2016.
Outside the courtroom, hundreds of Buni supporters staged a rally under the guard of 260 West Java Police personnel. The trial has been relocated to Bandung from Depok amid security concerns. (kuk/dmr)