Thailand to build DNA database
- Published: 26/11/2012 at 04:07 PM
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The Justice Ministry plans to build a national DNA database to help police solve crime, identify suspects and bring them to justice.
Justice permanent secretary Kittipong Kityarak co-signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the ministry and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a joint effort to build the first DNA database in Thailand.
The ministry aims to collect DNA samples from 100,000 volunteer prisoners over three years, Mr Kittipong said on Monday.
Under the agreement, FBI Laboratory director Chris Hassell will help the Justice Ministry with the process of collecting and collating DNA samples.
Mr Kittipong said the DNA database will be kept and used by the Forensic Science Department to help solve crimes and track down suspects. The Royal Thai Police Office will also be able to access the database.
He said the planned database would help bring suspects of violent crimes to justice, and at the same time help protect citizens from falling victim to criminals.
The justice permanent secretary stressed that the DNA database would play an important role in solving crime.
Currently, 44 countries -- including China, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan -- have passed legislation allowing the use of DNA databases, he said.
Mr.Kittipong said Thailand would use CODIS DNA software designed by the FBI and currently being used in 39 countries.
It could be used to match DNA samples taken from a crime scene with the DNA database.
Under the agreement, Thailand would be the 41st country to introduce use of the analytical software.
Dr Porntip Rochanasunan, head of the forensics department, said the database could also be used in the prevention of human trafficking and in solving disappearance cases.
She said installation of the CODIS DNA software would begin right away.
However, it would take about six months to have it completely installed. The department expected to begin using the process by mid-2013.
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