Editor faces jail over Muhammad cartoons

An Indonesian newspaper editor will stand trial on
charges of offending Islam for publishing a cartoon of the Prophet
Muhammad, Associated Press has reported.

Teguh Santosa, chief editor of Rakyat Merdeka's online edition, reportedly published the cartoon to illustrate a story on the controversy surrounding the drawings of Muhammed, which first appeared in a Danish newspaper.

He told AP: “We just wanted to let people know about the cartoons, which were being strongly protested at that time, I am innocent and ready to face trial."

He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison if found guilty.

The cartoons, which were published across Europe, did not appear in any national UK publication.

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