Indonesia frees over 30 suspected militants due to weak anti-terror law

(From AP)

Indonesian police on Sunday (Feb 21) released most of the men detained while attending military-style training at a suspect jihadi camp, as officials lamented weaknesses in the current anti-terrorism legislation that is due to be significantly strengthened following last month’s deadly attacks in Jakarta.

Indonesian police officers stand guard outside the house of a suspected militant following a raid in Malang Feb. 20

Indonesian police officers stand guard outside the house of a suspected militant following a raid in Malang Feb. 20

The elite anti-terrorism squad early Saturday detained 38 men at a suspected militant camp on the remote slopes of Mount Sumbing in Central Java province, said provincial police spokesman Col. Liliek Darmanto. Police seized air rifles, knives, and jihadi books and flags in the raid.

However, they were released early Sunday after 24-hour questioning as police were unable to prove a string of terrorism-related allegations, he said.

“This is the weakness of our laws,” said Saud Usman Nasution, head of the anti-terrorism agency. “We cannot arrest before they have committed a crime even though we can detect a radical network.” Read More



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