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Too close for comfort? BNPT wary of military’s proposed counterterrorism role

  • Galih Gumelar

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, August 31, 2020   /  07:41 am
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Personnel from the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT), the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police participate in a joint counterterrorism training operation at the East Java Police’s Mobile Brigade headquarters in Malang, East Java, on May 18.(Antara/Ari Bowo Sucipto)

The National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) has said it welcomes the government’s plan to allow the Indonesian Military (TNI) to involve itself in the country’s fight against terrorism but has warned that the military must abide by the Terrorism Law, which requires it to maintain a “coordinating role” in such efforts. BNPT law enforcement deputy head Eddy Hartono said the TNI should engage in counterterrorism in a way that aligned with its functions and duties according to the 2004 TNI Law. The law gives the military the authority to ward off threats to the country’s sovereignty and restore security after a security disturbance. Eddy expressed his hope that the TNI would not challenge the BNPT’s authority as the sole body responsible for the coordination of law enforcement agencies in counterterrorism efforts, as stipulated in the 2018 Terrori...