JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The House of Representatives may pass the Anti-terrorism bill on Friday (25/5), Muhammad Syafii, chairman of the special committee for the Anti-terrorism Law discussion, said.
“We will hold meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, and on Friday there will been a plenary session for the passing [of the bill],” he said quoted by Antara on Tuesday, May 22.
Syafii, from the opposition Gerindra party, said that the bill is 99.9 per cent completed, yet still need an agreement upon the definition of ‘terrorism’, which will be discussed on a meeting tomorrow.
The politician said the government, the Chief of Police, as well as relevant ministers have all agreed that the definition of terrorism should include political motives. However this opinion is opposed by the Densus 88, Police elite anti-terror unit.
Syafii said that Densus 88, rejects that inclusion since it would limit their movements, meaning that the squad cannot make a bust if terror suspects don’t have political motives behind their actions.
Previously, President Joko Widodo said the government may issue a rule in lieu of law, known as perpu, if parliament fails to pass revision to the 2003 anti-terrorism law by June after a spate of deadly terrorist attacks.
“This is a crucial legal umbrella for the police in taking firm actions, whether in terms of taking preventive or firm actions,” Widodo told reporters. “If by June, or by the end of the next sitting session, this is yet to be completed, I will issue a perpu.”
Terrorism experts have warned of the threat returning fighters from Syria and Iraq pose to Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.
Indonesia’s Police Chief Tito Karnavian said that inactive terrorists cells in Indonesia are getting active after a riot incited by terrorist inmates in police’s high security prison that killed five police and one terrorist in Depok West Java.
In the latest development related to the awakening of terrorist sleeping cells, four terrorist suspects were killed in a gunfire with police in West Java province regency of Cianjur on early Sunday.
Karnavian called for immediate completion of the terrorism law revision whose discussions now stumbled in the parliament after being submitted in 2016.
“It has been more than a year now. We already knew their cells, but we cannot do anything against them,” he said.