Rev Abraham Ben Moses has been sentenced to four years in prison for trying to convert a Muslim taxi driver to Christianity (YouTube/Voice of the Martyrs)
Rev. Abraham Ben Moses, 53, is facing four years in jail for sharing the gospel with a Muslim taxi driver known only as Supri.
Tangerang District Court in Banten found him guilty of religious defamation and also ordered him to pay a fine equivalent to $3,565, which is N1.2M or risk spending one more month in prison, The Jakarta Post reports.
“We sentenced the defendant to four years in prison and ordered him to remain in custody,” presiding judge Muhammad Damis said.
The Muslim-turned-pastor, who was formerly as Saifuddin Ibrahim, was convicted under Electronic and Information Transactions Law №11/2008 for spreading information to incite hatred against religion.
Reverend Abraham Ben Moses is going to jail for four years (ucanews)
Abraham’s legal team plans to file for an appeal because “The sentence is too heavy for the defendant,” said one of Abraham’s lawyers, Maxie Ellia.
Rev. Abraham was arrested on December 5, 2017, after a video of him sharing his faith with a Muslim taxi driver circulated the internet.
Reportedly, he asks the driver to accept Jesus after preaching about marriage in the video. A blasphemy complaint was filed against him by Muhammadiyah, one of Indonesia’s largest Islamic organizations because of the video.
The pastor was later arrested by the Police who confiscated a white iPhone 6 Plus as evidence.