Medan man faces four years in prison for allegedly desecrating Quran

first_img“I am very sorry, your honor. I will never do it again. Please give me as light a punishment as possible,” he told the judge as quoted by tribunnews.com.Sentencing is scheduled for next week.Read also: Indonesians remain sensitive to perceived blasphemy: YLBHIAccording to the prosecutors, the incident took place at Al-Mashum Mosque in Medan Kota district in the afternoon of Feb. 13. A 44-year-old man in Medan, North Sumatra, faces four years in prison for having allegedly desecrated the Quran at a local mosque earlier this year.Prosecutors at the Medan District Court charged the defendant, Doni Irawan Malay, for blasphemy under Article 156 of the Criminal Code and demanded a four-year prison term for him during a hearing on Tuesday.Doni was accused of committing a blasphemous act by purportedly tearing out pages from the Quran. He pleaded for a lighter sentence, conveying his guilt to the court. “The defendant entered the mosque and took a Quran from a shelf without permission from the management,” a prosecutor told the court, adding that the defendant then took the Quran into the male ablution room.“The defendant removed the cover from the Quran, threw it into a garbage bin inside the ablution room and then proceeded to tear out pages from the Quran with both of his hands.”They said Doni then exited the mosque later that afternoon and threw the ripped Quran pages onto the streets before running away.Doni was later caught by locals and reported to the Medan Kota Police. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Pep Guardiola ready to keep faith in Arijanet Muric ahead of Ederson for Carabao Cup final

first_img Comment Sean KearnsSunday 24 Feb 2019 6:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link118Shares Advertisement Ederson could be forced to sit out another League Cup final (Picture: Getty)Muric is far less experienced than Bravo but Metro.co.uk understands Guardiola is ready to start the 20-year-old against Maurizio Sarri’s side.AdvertisementAdvertisementGuardiola will inform his side of his team selection on Sunday but the Spaniard has kept Muric sweating on his place by insisting he will make a late call.‘We will see – I have to think about it,’ Guardiola said on Friday.‘He’s been an important player for us to be where we are. Leicester with the penalties, he was incredible.‘We trust him, that’s why he is second keeper today. We didn’t look to buy anybody in the winter market.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalCity are sweating on John Stones’ fitness for the clash at Wembley.The defender missed the side’s 3-2 win away at Schalke in midweek and remained in the north-west to recover from a groin injury.Gabriel Jesus also missed the defeat with a hamstring problem and Guardiola is hopeful that the pair could return to feature in his matchday squad.‘Tomorrow (Saturday) we will see, the info I have is they are getting better but right now I cannot say if they will be ready for Sunday,’ said Guardiola.MORE: Mauricio Pochettino squares up to Mike Dean after Spurs’ defeat to Burnley Pep Guardiola ready to keep faith in Arijanet Muric ahead of Ederson for Carabao Cup final Advertisement Arijanet Muric has started each of City’s five games to get to the final (Picture: Getty)Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is prepared to stick with Arijanet Muric for today’s Carabao Cup final clash against Chelsea.The 20-year-old has started every round of the Cup so far and conceded just once during five matches.The Kosovo international has served as Ederson’s understudy this term after Claudio Bravo suffered a long-term Achilles injury and was City’s hero in a penalty shootout win against Leicester City in the quarter-finals.Bravo was City’s League Cup goalkeeper last term en route to the final and Guardiola stuck with the Chilean for a 3-0 win against Arsenal, despite calls for Ederson to be reinstated.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more