29 Feb '16, 1am

Indonesia's measured response to terror - East Asia Forum

Indonesia's measured response to terror - East Asia Forum

There are obvious gaps in Indonesia’s security and anti-terror laws. Currently it is not a crime for Indonesians to join IS in Syria or to recruit for IS and other extremist groups. Extremist leaders are in regular contact with their followers who can visit them in prison. All four of the January terrorists had done just that prior to the attacks. Purchasing chemicals and other materials to make bombs and improvised explosive devices is also not illegal. Some of the measures that are being suggested may go too far. Greater powers to arrest and detain suspects for lengthy periods based solely on intelligence reports and other measures that impinge on civil liberties will stir memories of the authoritarian Suharto regime. Greg Barton, in this week’s lead essay , says ‘attempts to pass and apply new legislation that is seen to be overly draconian risk a backlash that compound...

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