Indonesian President Jokowi to discuss terror prevention efforts

Indonesian president Joko Widodo (centre) visiting the site of a bomb blast in Jakarta on Jan 14.
Indonesian president Joko Widodo (centre) visiting the site of a bomb blast in Jakarta on Jan 14.PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is scheduled to hold a meeting on Tuesday morning (Jan 19) with government institution heads on efforts to fight the spread of radicalism and terrorism at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta.

The meeting is being held following a terrorist attack in Central Jakarta on Thursday (Jan 14), which left eight people dead and more than 20 injured.

Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said the government was looking to revise Law no. 15/2003 on terrorism, which was aimed at bolstering preventive measures and giving the authorities the right to take action against suspected terrorists.

As reported by kompas.com on Monday (Jan 18), Mr Pramono said the government wanted to consider all inputs, including from government institution heads.

The terrorist attack in Jakarta is said to have been anticipated, but security forces had limited authority to prevent it due to lack of evidence and coordination with the National Police and the authority to take action.

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said the government was considering suggestions on the detention of suspected terrorists for several days for investigative purposes.

He added that although detention would not immediately solve the problem, it could at least enable the intelligence unit to obtain information and limit terrorists' movements.