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Indonesian editor accused of blasphemy for cartoon, could face prison

Indonesian police accused the top editor of a leading English-language newspaper of blasphemy after the paper published a cartoon depicting the flag of the militant Islamic State group that allegedly insulted Islam.

 

Meidyatama Suryodiningrat, editor-in-chief of the Jakarta Post, would be summoned for questioning next week, Jakarta police spokesman Col. Rikwanto said Thursday.

 

Police typically prepare the dossiers to be handed over to prosecutors, who will file the charges. If found guilty, he could face five years in prison, added Rikwanto, who like many Indonesians, uses a single name.

 

The cartoon published July 3 put a skull and crossbones in the black-and-white flag of the militant Islamic State group and left sacred phrases in Arabic, including "Allah," that appear on the flag inside the skull.