The trial for blasphemy of Jakarta’s Governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (known as "Ahok"), has thrown into sharp relief key issues in Indonesian politics: Islamism, racism and the status of the presidency. But most of all, it has posed questions about the nature and viability of Indonesia’s much vaunted but less examined "democracy".

At base, the trial of the governor of a city of some 10 million people reflects not so much whether he has broken a particular law -- which, on face value, he has not. It does reflect, however, whether judicial independence will give way to what amounts to mob rule.