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Indonesian 'prophet' jailed for blasphemy

An Indonesian court has jailed a 70-year-old man who claimed to have been to heaven twice and declared himself a prophet, a report said Friday.

world Updated: May 07, 2010 17:41 IST

An Indonesian court has jailed a 70-year-old man who claimed to have been to heaven twice and declared himself a prophet, a report said Friday.

Bakri Abdullah was arrested in October last year and charged under the country's blasphemy law.

He reportedly told his small group of followers that he had ascended from a mountain into heaven in 1975 and again in 1997, according to Detikcom news website.

His claims eventually angered his neighbours on the Muslim island of Lombok, who reported him to police.

The sentence handed down in Selong district court on Thursday was six months lighter than prosecutors had requested.