Revisions to the country's anti-terrorism law are still pending while the government works to draft the legal definition of 'terrorism' and the extent to which the Indonesian Military, or TNI, can be used to combat it, chairman of the special committee for the revisions said on Wednesday (28/02). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Revisions to Anti-Terror Law Put on Hold While Gov't Considers Legal Definition of 'Terrorism'

BY :SHEANY

FEBRUARY 28, 2018

Jakarta. Revisions to the country's anti-terrorism law are still pending while the government works to draft the legal definition of "terrorism" and the extent to which the Indonesian Military, or TNI, can be used to combat it, chairman of the special committee for the revisions said on Wednesday (28/02).

Revisions to the country’s 2003 anti-terrorism laws are still being negotiated between the government and members of the House of Representatives (DPR).

Following the terrorist attack in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta, last May, calls to speed up the revisions have been made by officials and the general public.

“We are actually finished with the revisions, except for the definition [of terrorism] and also the extent of TNI’s involvement,” chairman of the House’s special committee for the terrorism bill, Muhammad Syafi’i, told reporters during a press conference in Jakarta.

The special committee is waiting on the government to decide to what degree the military should be involved in combating terrorism, he added.

"Whatever the government agrees on, the special committee will pass it accordingly," Syafi’i said.

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