Indonesia Will Meet ex-Terrorists Prisoner with Victims

By | February 08, 2018 Leave a Comment
By Staff Writer

Police brought air rifles seized from suspected terrorist's home in Pasir Wetan Village, Banyumas, Central Java, on Thursday (February 1st, 2018). Photo: Antara

The Indonesian government will bring together former terrorism prisoners with the victims of terrorism-related offence in the hope that both will be able to reconcile.

"We have disacussed the plan, and it (the meeting) will be conducted at the end of this month," Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, Security Affairs Wiranto said in a press conference in Jakarta on Monday.

Wiranto --who use only one name-- said only ex-terrorist prisoners who have been realized and have been trained by the National Agency for Combating Terrorism (BNPT) to be involved.

"They are reunited with the victims, they acknowledge their actions and regret what has been done in front of the victims," ​​said Wiranto.

While the victims are those who have received aid from the government and no longer hold a grudge.

This policy is an attempt to deradicalization through soft power approach, which is claimed to have received appreciation from other countries.

At least 150 former terrorist prisoners will be involved in the meeting.

Indonesia, the most populous Muslim nation in the world, faces a series of terrorist attacks in recent years. The suicide bombing in Jakarta in 2016 left eight dead, four of them perpetrators.

The suicide bombing on the paradise island of Bali in 2002 resulted in at least 202 people dead, mostly Australian. The government has since intensified efforts to deradicalisation through the Terrorism Counter Agency and claims to have awakened hundreds of terrorists since then.

In a final report by 2017, the government claims to have de-radicalized 999 former terrorists, both inside and outside the prison, over the past three years.

The Indonesian government claims deradicalization methods through a soft approach, such as by job training and capital provision, can help former terrorist return to the community. The government also involves former terrorist prisoners who have lived in peace to spread the narrative of anti-radicalism.
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