Saturday, August 8, 2009

Indonesian Military (TNI) and Police argue over power

The president's call for the Indonesian military (TNI) to eradicate acts of terrorism in the country has raised concern over the possibility of overlapping authority between the TNI and the police raising concerns that without proper regulations and clear instructions, the military's involvement could turn ugly.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono previously instructed the military, regional heads and intelligence bodies to take part in the effort to eradicate terrorism. TNI personnel are allowed to detain anyone they find suspicious without a warrant or even informing the person's family whereas the police are unable to do that.

The Police ask that the government must instead resort to improving police intelligence units and the 88th Anti-Terror Special Detachment to support the police in its investigation of the twin bombings.

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