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Indonesia government tries to counter Muslim fears over new anti-terror laws

[JURIST] Muslim leaders and rights groups in Indonesia [JURIST news archive] fear that plans to strengthen Indonesian anti-terror laws [JURIST report] in the wake a of a second round of Bali bombings earlier this month will return the country to the days when former dictator Suharto [Wikipedia profile] used security forces to stifle dissent. Indonesia’s government Saturday tried to reassure citizens that the planned laws will not allow suspects to be detained indefinitely without trial, as they can be in neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. President Susilo Yudhoyono [BBC prolife] would, however, like to increase the military’s intelligence role by using its network of bases to monitor suspicious activity. AP has more.

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