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Responding to Recent Terror Attacks, Indonesian Legislators Ratify Revised Anti-Terror Law that Will Increase Police Power in Fighting Extremists
After a long wait of two years and compelled by recent terrorist attacks across Indonesia, the revision of Anti-terrorism law number 15 of 2003 was finalizing ratified by the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR-RI) on Friday, May 25, 2018.

The revised Anti-terrorism law is intended to increase the power and scope of the measures law enforcement can use in detecting and preventing terrorist acts.

The National Agency for Combating Terrorism (BNPT) has been given expanded power under the new law. The head of the BNPT reports directly to the President of the Republic.

Under the new law, The President is allowed to define the extent of involvement of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) in the war on terror.

Typically, Indonesian legislative acts are implemented under the promulgation of Government Regulations that can only be issued after the law is ratified by the DPR-RI. Officials are targeting that all the related Government Regulations for the new Ati-terror law will be promulgated within a 100 day period after the bills ratification that took place on May 25, 2018.

As regards the involvement of the Armed Forces in the war on terror, President Joko Widodo has a deadline of one year from May 25, 2018 to publish Presidential Decrees formulating TNI’s future role in combating terrorism done in consultation with the DPR.

The new Anti-terrorism law allows the police to hold suspect for 14 days without making formal charges. Once officially charged, terrorism suspects can be held for a further 200 days without an appearance before a judge.