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Indonesian atheist could face longer sentence, says lawyer

Indonesian atheist could face longer sentence, says lawyer

Updated 19 June 2012, 14:54 AEST

The Indonesian atheist who posted a message on Facebook that God did not exist has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years jail and a fine of $10,000.

The 30-year-old civil servant, Alexander Aan, posted the message on Facebook in January and was beaten up at his workplace by a crowd who had heard about the message.

Police arrested him and he was charged under Indonesia's blasphemy laws, which say citizens must belong to one of six state-sanction religions.

Under Indonesian law, not believing in God is illegal.

Amnesty International has called Alexander Aan prisoner of conscience and is calling for his release.

Taufik Fajrin is one of five lawyers who was defending Alexander Aan.

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Speaker: Taufik Fajrin, Alexander Aan's lawyer

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