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"I couldn't accept it," Ahok said of his first days in prison after being convicted of blasphemy charges. "I wanted to run away but I was afraid the prison guards would shoot me."   © Reuters
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ERWIDA MAULIA, Nikkei staff writer | Indonesia

JAKARTA -- As Jakarta's first Christian governor of Chinese descent, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama became a powerful symbol of tolerance in the world's most populous majority-Muslim country.

A protege of president Joko Widodo, Purnama -- known by his nickname Ahok -- was on track for another term when accusations that he had insulted Islam blew apart the 2017 gubernatorial race, then saw him convicted of blasphemy and jailed for nearly two years.

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