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Indonesian President’s son under investigation for blasphemy

Former U.S. President Barack Obama is flanked by Indonesian President Joko Widodo (left) and Mr. Widodo’s son Kaesang Pangarep at the Bogor Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia on June 30, 2017.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Indonesian police are investigating an allegation of blasphemy against the youngest son of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

Jakarta Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said on July 6, 2017 that police plan to summon Kaesang Pangarep for questioning after receiving a complaint about a video he uploaded to YouTube in May 2017.

The video entitled “Ask Daddy for a Project” a reference to children of politicians who seek business favours includes criticism of Indonesians who during recent sectarian tensions in the Muslim-majority nation declared they would refuse funeral rites for those who supported non-Muslims as leaders.

Indonesia’s draconian blasphemy law is often used to attack minorities and political foes. The former Governor of Jakarta, a Christian, is serving a two-year prison sentence for blasphemy after being sentenced in May 2017.

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