Komnas HAM Deems Death Sentence will not Overcome Terrorism

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  • The National Commission of Human Rights (Komnas HAM) office. ANTARA/Widodo S Jusuf

    The National Commission of Human Rights (Komnas HAM) office. ANTARA/Widodo S Jusuf

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) considered the death sentence for terrorist convict was not a solution to counterterrorism since the perpetrator saw it as their ultimate goal.

    “A life imprisonment is enough. Death for them is a hope,” said Komnas Ham Commissioner Choirul Anam in Menteng, Jakarta, on Saturday, May 19.

    On the trial last Friday, the prosecutor demanded defendant Aman Abdurrahman a death sentence because of the leader of ISIS in Indonesia's involvement in a series of terror attacks.

    The prosecutor mentioned Aman Abdurrahman had instructed five terror attacks to his followers in Jemaah Anshorud Daulah (JAD) from January to June 2017; Kampung Melayu and Sarinah bombings in Jakarta, bombings in a Church in Samarinda, the attack in North Sumatera HQ, and the attacks against police in Bima, West Nusa Tenggara.

    According to Choirul, counterterrorism efforts required thorough action such as dismantling the terrorist network and deradicalization program; not a death sentence.

    Choirul considered the death sentence as detrimental to the handling of terrorism case since the police will likely lose a chance to dismantle its network.

    M ROSSENO AJI