26 Jul '15, 9pm

Indonesia to widen anti-terror laws, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits ... - The Straits Times

Indonesia will beef up its anti-terrorism laws to give the authorities wider powers to take preventive measures and close legal loopholes that recently saw a radical cleric escape charges of joining the banned Middle East militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). "It is very important to improve our regulations on this," President Joko Widodo told The Stratis Times in an interview yesterday. "We will put more provisions in our laws so we can prevent anyone planning to launch a terror attack." Mr Widodo, who heads a country with the world's largest Muslim population, was referring to last month's case involving 63-year-old Muslim cleric Afief Abdul Madjid, who was given a prison sentence of half the length prosecutors had demanded. The smiling cleric, who had gone to Syria for paramilitary training with ISIS, was sentenced to four years' jail for funding a terr...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-to-wid...

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