Anand Krishna has been jailed, despite the irregularities in his case and the growing list of discredited judges. Does this case of the commission of obscene acts against a person admitted to an education/charity institution represent a crossroads for Indonesia? It certainly offers valuable insights into judge integrity, impartiality and competence; the appointment and posting of judges; the independence of the judiciary; religious tolerance; freedom of expression; the openness of legal proceedings; obscenity laws; and much more in Indonesia today.
Indonesia was oppressed under the tyranny of Dutch colonial rule, Japanese occupation and the rule of Soeharto - a quisling of the US. Will the present condoning of religious intolerance, of suppression of freedom of speech and fair trials, herald in the next tyranny; that of religious fundamentalism? Or, in predominantly Muslim Indonesia, will this exhortation prevail: “O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even if it be against yourselves, your parents, and your relatives, or whether it is against the rich or the poor...” (Quran 4:135)
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Find out more about this pivotal case: The Trial of Anand Krishna. Also, watch this video (in Indonesian and then English) of Anand Krishna just prior to being whisked off to jail in Jakarta on 16th February, 2013.