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Court rejects request for Intelligence Law review

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 11 2012   /  10:10 am

The Constitutional Court has rejected a request to review Law No. 17/2011 on state intelligence, stating that the law provides a clearer and stricter legal basis on how intelligence units should operate.“[We] declare that the Constitutional Court rejects applicants’ entire review request,” Constitutional Court chief justice Mahfud MD said during a hearing in Jakarta on Wednesday.Mahfud said the request lacked legal standing.The request was submitted in January by human rights activists from various NGOs, including Imparsial, the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (Elsam) and the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI).The activists claimed articles in the law created opportunities for irresponsible parties to abuse the State Intelligence Agency (BIN), and could lead to a revival of New Order-era tactics including the kidnapping or mysterious disappearance of political oppon...