Wed, 06 Aug 2003

Compensation for terror victims

JAKARTA: The government has set up a team to calculate compensation for victims of last year's Bali bombings, Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Tuesday.

"In line with Antiterrorism Law No. 15/2003, victims of terror attacks deserve compensation from the government. We are asking a team to calculate funds the government has to provide," he said chairing a meeting on political and security affairs.

The team will be supervised by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. Also in the team are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and the Attorney General's Office.

No less than 202 people, mostly foreigners, were killed and hundreds of others injured when bombs ripped through Paddy's Bar and the Sari Club in Kuta on Bali island last October.

Susilo, nevertheless, did not say whether victims of other terror attacks in the country would also be paid compensation. -- JP