Terror Trials to Top

The father-in-law of slain JI terrorist Noordin Top, Baharudin Latif alias Baridi, is going on trial soon for hiding his Noordin. This raises an interesting point. Indonesia has won plaudits for its handling of terrorism cases through police actions and relatively fair and competent trials in the judiciary. In fact, at a CSIS event yesterday, International Crisis Group Southeast Asia Director Jim Della-Giacoma said the judiciary operated better in these types of cases than it usually does and suggested it could be a model for further judicial reforms in the country. (This is the stark opposite from the U.S., where our terror trials have been roundly criticized). Can Indonesia and the rule of law programs there find a way to operationalize the lessons from the terror trials to reform the entire judiciary? Or are the problems simply too different?

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