President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo instructed Chief Security Minister Wiranto to finalize revisions to the 2003 Antiterrorism Law after visiting the scene of last week's terrorist attack at the Kampung Melayu bus terminal in East Jakarta. (Antara Photo/Puspa Perwitasari)

Justice Minister Asks Lawmakers to Complete Deliberation on Antiterrorism Law Revision


MAY 30, 2017

Jakarta. Justice Minister Yasonna Laoly has urged lawmakers in the House of Representatives to complete their deliberation on revisions to the 2003 Antiterrorism Law.

Yasonna said the revised law would make it easier for law enforcement agencies to prevent future terrorist attacks, such as last week's twin suicide bombing in East Jakarta.

"We have called on the House to speed up [deliberation] on the Antiterrorism Law revision. We hope this would become a preventative measure against similar incidents," Yasonna said in Jakarta on Monday (29/05).

"Under the current law, [law enforcers] can only act after an incident occurred," Yasonna said. He gave assurances that the new law would still comply with human rights conventions.

The minister explained that the scope of the revision is the prevention of terrorist attacks.

"If we suspect any planned terrorist attacks, we can act," Yasonna said.

Lawmakers are currently deliberating the law revision, after the process was brought forward in response to the suicide bomb attacks at the Kampung Melayu bus terminal in East Jakarta on May 24.

The discussion has been intense, with opposing views on several sections of the bill.

House Speaker Setya Novanto has confirmed that deliberation on the Antiterrorism Law revision has been accelerated.

The House also plans to discuss the revision with the government soon to finalize all outstanding matters.

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