Data checks to halt suspects

Data checks to halt suspects

The Office of the Judiciary (OJ) and the Immigration Bureau (IB) will link their databases to help border officials halt legal suspects who attempt to flee the country.

The two sides yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding to connect the OJ's database of court orders that prohibit suspects fleeing, with the IB's biometrics database.

The databases will be connected through the Government Information Network (GIN), said Sarawut Benjakul, secretary-general of the OJ.

Each year, about 6,000 suspects are prohibited from travelling abroad after being released temporarily by the courts, he said.

The real-time data will enable immigration officers to run checks on travellers and prevent suspects slipping over the border, he said.

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