President Joko Widodo staked his own reputation with the planned release of Abu Bakar Ba’asyir.
The plan exhibited not just the government’s weakness in making important decisions but also its indifference to terrorism, the issue that has beleaguered the country for so long. It is plain ridiculous if the release is merely aimed at garnering votes ahead of the presidential elections to be held on April 17.
Jokowi’s role in the whole process is also baffling. Yusril Ihza Mahendra, the legal counsel of the Jokowi-Ma’ruf Ami...