Bali – The battle against crime in Asean has been given a boost following an agreement to establish a partnership to fight 12 types of transnational crimes and develop an electronic database system.
A joint communiqué issued at the 25th conference of Asean police chiefs (Aseanpol) said members had agreed to cooperate in areas such as fighting drug trafficking, terrorism, arms smuggling, people trafficking, maritime crime, commercial crime, banking crime, credit card fraud, cyber crime, travel document fraud and transnational fraud.
For example, in the area of terrorism, the members agreed to expand their partnership and coordination efforts based on both their own national laws and United Nations' conventions, and through training and exchanging experiences, information on terrorist organisations and data on suspects.
The police chiefs, who held a two-day meeting in Denaspar, Bali, also agreed to develop an electronic Aseanpol database system, e-ADS.
“We expect that the Aseanapol database can be connected to the Interpol database so that it will be easier and faster for Interpol and Aseanapol to communicate with one another," Indonesian National Police chief General Da'i Bachtiar said at the end of the meeting on May 20.
Apart from police officers from the 10 Asean states, the conference was also attended by delegates from China, South Korea, New Zealand, Japan, Australia,Papua New Guinea and East Timor.
Gen Bachtiar did not rule out the possibility of exchanging confidential data within Aseanapol. However, he said any such data would only be used by Aseanapol members to help each other in terrorism and drug trafficking cases.
“Of course, each member will release only specific data and protect data that is confidential and needs to be kept within the confines of each country. But all information on transnational crimes will be provided," Gen Bachtiar said.
* Asean police to join hands in fighting crime (The Jakarta Post, May 21)