Jakarta gives police more power against terror suspects

They can now make pre-emptive arrests and hold suspects longer based on early leads

Indonesia's Parliament yesterday passed an anti-terror Bill into law that will allow the authorities to make pre-emptive arrests and detain terror suspects for longer, based only on preliminary leads.

Parliament Deputy Speaker Agus Hermanto, who presided over yesterday's plenary session, asked members of the House: "Let us ask all factions. Do we agree to ratify the anti-terror Bill?"

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2018, with the headline 'Jakarta gives police more power against terror suspects'. Print Edition | Subscribe