Revisions to Indonesia's anti-terror law put on hold while government considers legal definition of terrorism

Police standing guard outside the Kampung Melayu bus terminal following a terrorist attack on the premises on May 25, 2017.
Police standing guard outside the Kampung Melayu bus terminal following a terrorist attack on the premises on May 25, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA - Revisions to Indonesia's anti-terrorism law are pending because the government is still working to draft the legal definition of terrorism and the extent to which the Indonesian military can be used to combat it, Jakarta Globe reported on Wednesday (Feb 28).

"We are actually finished with the revisions, except for the definition (of terrorism) and also the extent of TNI's (military) involvement," chairman of the House's special committee for the terrorism bill, Muhammad Syafi'i, was quoted as saying during a press conference in Jakarta on Wednesday.

He said the changes to the 2003 anti-terrorism law are still being negotiated between the government and members of the House of Representatives.

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

Officials and members of the public have called for the revisions to be made soon, especially after the terrorist attack at the bus station in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta in May 2017.

Three policemen were killed and 12 other people were injured in the attack claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.