DSI to strengthen Asean ties

DSI to strengthen Asean ties

Hopes to share data,train up staff abroad

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) plans to send staff to work alongside its counterparts in the other nine Southeast Asian countries. 

The plan is part of the DSI's attempts to strengthen law enforcement cooperation within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to fight international crime, deputy director-general of the DSI Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang said. 

Asean's 10 member states are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Pol Col Paisit said if the plan goes ahead, it will help the DSI become more effective and successful in its work, especially in terms of information sharing, staff training and development.

He said he has yet to seek the go-ahead from the DSI's executive board, but if it is approved, he will immediately start official talks with officials from the other nine Asean countries.

Those selected as DSI representatives abroad must have a good knowledge of English and international law, he said.

Pol Col Paisit said the DSI has also set up an Asean Unit under its Bureau of Foreign Affairs and Transnational Crime.

The unit was recently established to oversee work cooperation and to build up networks within Asean countries. The unit will also be prepared when Asean becomes a single community on Dec 31 next year, he said.

Pol Col Paisit yesterday revealed his plan at a seminar titled, "The Cooperation and Development of Transnational Crime Suppression in Asean" at a hotel in Samut Songkhram province.

The two-day seminar, which ends today, was attended by representatives from law enforcement agencies from Asean and observers from the Canada Border Service Agency and the United States' Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Pol Col Paisit said he also briefed several Asean law enforcement representatives at the seminar about his plan, which was warmly welcomed.

The issue of counterfeit passports was widely discussed by Asean participants at the seminar.

"Asean law enforcement officers agree that they will work more closely in terms of information sharing about fake passport gangs in their own countries," he said.

With the launch of the Asean Community next year, one of the problems countries could face is the ease in which workers can move around the community, Pol Col Paisit said.

Transnational criminals may use this to enter each Asean country using fake passports to commit their crimes, he said.

He said most stolen passports were from European nationals. 

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