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House to form special team to revise terrorism laws

  • Erika Anindita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, February 26, 2016 | 02:42 pm
House to form special team to revise terrorism laws

Densus 88 counterterrorism squad members stand guard outside the residence of an alleged Islamic State movement supporter in South Tangerang, Banten, on Dec. 27, 2015. The police'€™s special force also arrested four suspects in South Jakarta, Bekasi and Cibubur, West Java. (JP/DON)

The House of Representatives will establish a special committee to revise terrorism laws to give law enforcement institutions stronger authority to take action in anticipation of terrorist attacks.

The decision was taken in the House's deliberative body meeting on Thursday.

"We agreed to debate the antiterrorism law amendment in the House'€™s special committee," House deputy speaker Agus Hermanto told reporters after the meeting.

However, lawmakers from House Commission I overseeing legal affairs, defense and security issues and Commission III overseeing law and human rights suggested those commissions should take the lead in the amendment process.

The government plans to amend the Law No. 15/2003 on the Eradication of Terrorism and Law No. 9/2013 on the Prevention and Eradication of Antiterrorist Financing.

The amendment plan has been listed as one of the priority bills in the 2016 National Legislation Program. The House has 40 prioritized bills in the program, which it plans to pass this year.

The additional powers that  the revision seeks to provide includes the extension of detention period of people suspected of planning terrorist attacks, even if the police haven't officially named them as suspects.  Law enforcement institutions have also requested the authority to prevent radical preaching. (bbn)(+)