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Indonesian atheist awaiting outcome of blasphemy trial

Indonesian atheist awaiting outcome of blasphemy trial

Updated 8 May 2012, 15:20 AEST

In Indonesia, an atheist who proclaimed "God doesn't exist" on Facebook is now facing up to eleven years in jail.

Earlier this year, Alexander Aan posted the message on a Facebook page of a local atheist group.

Word spread and an angry mob beat him up before police arrested him on charges of blasphemy.

While Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country, it allows for six official religions - Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Hinduism.

However it doesn't allow for atheism - the belief there is no God.

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Speaker: Taufik Fajrin, lawyer for Alexander Aan

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