Suhardi Somomoeljono : Revision of Anti-Terrorism Law Need Immediately Implement said

The threat of terrorism to Indonesia, especially from the ISIS militant group and the Foreign Terrorist Fighter (FTF) is increasingly evident in sight.

Therefore, the legal instrument related to terrorism that is resistant to terrorism law which is still in revision stage in the Special Committee on Anti Terrorism Bill of House of Representatives Republic of Indonesia, must be immediately legalized into law and not delay anymore.

“The revision of the anti-terrorism law needs to be done soon and it is not to be debated anymore The issue is that the potential for the occurrence of terrorism threats against national security is in the forefront.If the discussion of the revision of Anti-Terrorism Law is too long, it is feared that many more cases of terrorism can not be handled properly because it is not a legal instrument to overcome it, “said legal practitioner, Dr. Suhardi Somomoeljono, SH, MH in Jakarta, Friday (3/2/2017).

According to him, the weakness of the law in Indonesia due to the not yet ratified anti-terrorism bill, could potentially be exploited by radical groups that anti-Pancasila to replace the power system in Indonesia with the system of imamate or khilafah leadership. This effort continues to be done by the ISIS group to establish a khilafah state by justifying various ways.

According to him, ISIS is part of such a leadership model and is controlled by outsiders. Although ISIS is headquartered in Syria and Iraq, Suhardi considers that the militant leader Abubakar al Baghdadi has an excellent international network.

He may even order his followers to commit acts of terrorism in his own country or another country. It is proved by a series of acts of terrorism in Indonesia conducted on the orders of Bahrun Naim, a member of ISIS from Indonesia who is now in Syria. In addition, the FTF phenomenon should also receive more attention. Evidence that some time ago, some Uighurs who joined the Santoso group in Poso became irrefutable.

In this case, the lawyer who is also the de-radicalization expert from the side of the law is assessing the United States much more anticipatory in the face of terrorism by banning immigrants from seven countries with potential terrorists to America.

“In Indonesia, the law is still very weak in the face of terrorism crime, if the law is not immediately changed and passed, then the acts and behavior of terrorism will be higher,” said Suhardi.

In his view, the revision of the anti-terrorism law is not too much. One of them is about the addition of the authority of the National Agency for Combating Terrorism (BNPT) in conducting law enforcement against the perpetrators of criminal acts of terrorism.

“Law enforcers (BNPT) should be granted special rights such as arrest, manahan, under cover in the perspective of intelligence, as well as other special rights such as non litigation measures within the framework of poverty alleviation for terrorism prisoners,” Suhardi said.

The revision of anti terrorism law should also strengthen BNPT institutions in particularly conflict prone areas. Equally important is the strengthening of prevention aspects (community development) in various modus operandi, especially in synergy with the world of education both in public schools and religious schools.

The oversight aspect of Indonesians who go abroad should receive a proportional portion so as to detect early on the potential existence of people who are indicated as adherents of a potentially violent flow of terrorism.

“If the anti-terrorism law does not adopt the above matters then the presence of the Act is like empty pepesan,” said Suhardi.

Editor: Toni Bramantoro


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