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Ministry to finish supermax prison for terrorist convicts this year

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 5, 2018   /   05:34 pm
Ministry to finish supermax prison for terrorist convicts this year Wanted dead: Armed police personnel guard terrorism suspect Oman Rachman aka Aman Abdurrahman, a defendant in the Thamrin bomb attack case, during his hearing at the South Jakarta District Court on May 25. Prosecutors asked the court's judges to sentence him to death. (Antara/Willy Kurniawan)

Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly is aiming for the construction of a supermax prison on Nusakambangan Island in Central Java to be finished this year, even though the work has only progressed to 40 percent of completion so far.

During a work meeting with House of Representatives Commission III, which oversees human rights, security and legal affairs, on Monday, Yasonna stated that the prison would be used to lock up high-risk offenders, including terrorist convicts. He further explained that another block in the penitentiary could be used to accommodate drug offenders.

“This penitentiary is capable of accommodating 502 inmates,” Yasonna said, as quoted by tempo on Monday.

The minister said the prison would be equipped with body sensors and 24-hour CCTV.

Yasonna said all terrorist convicts would be gathered at the supermax prison to ease the deradicalization process that the Law and Human Rights Ministry runs together with the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT).

“It is hoped the [deradicalization] process will run better that way,” he said. (dpk/ebf)