Ahok dropped appeal for interests of all: Veronica Tan

Ahok dropped appeal for interests of all: Veronica Tan

The wife of Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama alias Ahok, Veronica Tan (right), accompanied by lawyer I Wayan Sudirta (center), and Harry Basuki, cried when giving information to reporters about the appeal of the judge's verdict in Jakarta on Tuesday (23/5 / 2017). Lawyers and Basuki Tjahaja Purnama agreed not to appeal the North Jakarta District Court judge's verdict on a two-year sentence in a legal case for alleged defamation at the request of the family. (ANTARA /W Putro A) ()

"It is for the sake of all; the interests of all. It means we will not prolong the case. We will just carry out what has been decided," Veronica said.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) decided to drop his appeal against the two-year jail sentence for the interests of all, his wife, Veronica Tan, stated at a press conference here on Tuesday.

"It is for the sake of all; the interests of all. It means we will not prolong the case. We will just carry out what has been decided," she noted.

On the occasion, Tan also read out a letter from her husband to his supporters in which Ahok thanked them and all the volunteers.

"I wish to thank all who consistently supported me by offering prayers, bouquets, food, greeting cards, letters, and books that have been sent to me so far as well as by holding candle-light vigils," Tan said while reading out Ahoks letters.

Ahok said it was not right to hold demonstrations to protest against the current process that he has been through.

"I am afraid many parties may infiltrate if you (volunteers) hold rallies. Moreover, clashes could occur against those who do not like us," he noted.

Ahok expressed gratitude to all his supporters who had organized rallies and candle-light vigils in accordance with the law in their efforts to fight for the preservation of the Unitary State of Indonesia, the 1945 Constitution, and the Principle of Unity in Diversity.

Ahok was sentenced to two years in jail after being declared guilty of violating Article 156a on religious blasphemy.

He is now held at the Police Mobile Brigade detention center, pending confirmation of his sentence from the higher court where he had earlier submitted an appeal.

Ahok had lost the Jakarta gubernatorial election to former education minister Anies Baswedan in the most heated regional election ever.(*)

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