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Christian YouTuber sentenced to 10 years in prison after criticising Muslim faith

by Sophie Drew

A Christian YouTuber has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after creating a video that offended people of the Muslim faith. 

Video-maker Muhammad Kace lives in Indonesia, and converted to Christianity in 2014. 

The 56-year-old has created a number of videos criticising the Muslim faith – his former religion – following his conversion. 

After allegedly insulting the prophet Muhammad, Kace was arrested in Bali in August 2021. 

Following his trial, he has been sentenced to 10 years in prison – many in the court supported a harsher punishment.

International Christian Concern (ICC) – a faith group helping persecuted Christians across the world – has been following the case since the start. 

Timothy Carothers, ICC’s Advocacy Manager for Southeast Asia, said: “The right to speak one's mind is essential and must be protected. This sort of treatment and punishment under Indonesian law is a shameful reality.

“As long as Indonesia continues to enforce religious harmony through regulation and prosecution, it will continue to achieve the opposite."

Andreas Harsono, a senior researcher for Human Rights Watch Indonesia, told ICC, "The Indonesian government should promptly repeal the blasphemy law. Both Christian preacher Mohammad Kace and Muslim cleric Yahya Waloni need not to stay a single night in prison because of the toxic law."


 

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