Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was “found to have legitimately and convincingly conducted a criminal act of blasphemy, and because of that we have imposed two years of imprisonment,” head judge Dwiarso Budi Santiarto told the south Jakarta court. Ahok provoked the ire of muslims after he cited the Al Maidah 51 verse from the Qur’an during a campaign visit to the Thousand Islands in September. He said the verse had been used to deceive voters and justify the assertion that Muslims should not be led by non-Muslims. Source Reuters, The Guardian
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Saudi security forces foiled an attack on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca on Friday, state television Al-Ekhbariya and Al Arabiya TV reported. Source Reuters
Turkey rejected a call from four Arab states on Friday to shut down its military base in Qatar, saying the base was a guarantor of security in the Gulf and demands for its closure represented interference in its ties with Doha. Source Reuters
Dutch intelligence agencies are worried about the possible arrival of Turkish paramilitary thugs to Netherlands. ,, They can be used for possible extra-legal actions against political opponents of President Erdogan, “says the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV). Source AD