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Indonesia 'internet atheist' given jail term
Man sentenced to two and a half years for blasphemy and violating internet laws for posting atheist views on Facebook.
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2012 13:43



An Indonesian man has been sentenced to two and a half years in jail and fined $10,598 for professing his atheism on the internet, Al Jazeera has reported.

Alexander Aan, a West Sumatran civil servant, was sentenced in court on Thursday with blasphemy and violating internet laws.

Aan was arrested earlier this year for posting "There is no God" on the social networking website Facebook.

Prosecutors in the case had demanded a prison sentence of three and a half years but the court handed down only two and a half. Aan's lawyers said they were considering an appeal.

Al Jazeera spoke about the case to Endy Bayuni, chief editor of the Jakarta Post.

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