Jakarta’s anti-ter­ror law

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

JAKARTA: In­done­sia is set to ap­prove a law al­low­ing au­thor­i­ties to jail cit­i­zens com­ing home af­ter join­ing mil­i­tant groups abroad for up to 15 years, MPs said yes­ter­day.

The tight­en­ing of anti-ter­ror­ism laws in the world’s largest Mus­lim­ma­jor­ity coun­try comes as con­cern grows about the spread of the in­flu­ence of Is­lamic State, and fears it wants a foothold in South­east Asia as it loses ter­ri­tory in the Mid­dle East.

“The new crim­i­nal code means that wher­ever an In­done­sian cit­i­zen com­mits a crime, they can be legally pro­cessed in In­done­sia,” said law­maker Ar­sul Sani, re­fer­ring to ter­ror­ism. “They can face up to 15 years in prison.”

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