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No need to dissolve Densus 88, say lawmakers

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, March 2 2013   /  09:53 am

House of Representatives Speaker Marzuki Alie said on Friday that the Densus 88 counterterrorism unit had been successful in preventing terror acts and therefore should not be dissolved but better supervised to make it “human rights friendly”.

“Today is much safer compared to the past when terror attacks occurred. Foreigners were afraid to come to Indonesia and this greatly hurt the tourism industry. Densus is not yet perfect in carrying out its operations, but dissolving it is not the right thing to do,” Marzuki told reporters at his office on Friday.

The Democratic Party politician argued that the police could set up a new squad but there was no guarantee it would not violate human rights in its operations.

“Terrorism is a transnational crime like narcotics and corruption. It’s a serious threat to our nation. Densus 88 has effectively countered terror...