The Supreme Court in Indonesia has ruled in favor of upholding an 18-month prison sentence for a woman convicted of blasphemy charges last year.
Meiliana, a 44-year-old ethnically Chinese Indonesian, was accused of making remarks about the loudspeakers of a mosque in Tanjung Balai in North Sumatra in 2016. She allegedly said the speakers were too loud.
Her lawyer Ranto Sibarani spoke to Al Jazeera and said there was no concrete evidence that her client had committed blasphemy. He described his client as a “victim of a hoax” which had ruined her life within a week.
The lawyer said the ruling could prove to be dangerous because it sets as a precedent and in the future people could spread false accusations that led to wrongful convictions under blasphemy laws.