Megawati Turns Tougher on Terrorism

The Indonesian President is finally rounding up home-grown suspects, a bold move that could splinter her coalition government

With the May 4 arrest of Indonesian Islamic militant leader Ja'far Umar Thalib, President Megawati Sukarnoputri has shown she's finally getting serious about cracking down on terrorism. Before the apprehension of the leader of the Laskar Jihad (Holy Warriors) militia, Indonesian authorities went only as far as arresting foreign Muslims suspected of being al Qaeda members, and handing them over to U.S. authorities for deportation.

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