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Port Town: Sentence and Buddhist Temples

port town: She was taken from the court in handcuffs, according to The Chronicle Herald. Prosecutors said the 44-year-old defendant violated the criminal code by committing blasphemy against Islam, the dominant faith in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation. The ethnic Chinese woman, Meiliana, burst into tears as presiding Judge Wahyu Prasetyo Wibowo announced the sentence Tuesday. Mobs burned and ransacked at least 14 Buddhist temples throughout Tanjung Balai, a port town on Sumatra, in a July 2016 riot following reports of Meiliana's complaint about a mosque's noisy loudspeakers. A conservative group, Islamic Community Forum, said Meilana's sentence was too light. The woman's lawyer, Ranto Sibarani, said the sentence would be appealed. ( As reported in the news.