INTERPOL Commends Lanka Police and Forces anti-terror operations
The global Policing network INTERPOL is helping Sri Lanka’s specialized law enforcement units combatting terror improve connectivity, a Press Release issued by the organisation says.
The release was issued after the Secretary-General of Interpol Jurgen Stock had discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Acting IGP Chandana Wickramaratna in Colombo 27 Aug.
Stock complimented the Police and the country’s Intelligence Services for quickly rolling up the networks of the terrorist group that carried out the Easter Sunday suicide attacks killing 260 people in six locations.
The President had thanked Stock for the help given to the Sri Lankan agencies and requested assistance for the anti-narcotics drive currently underway.
The Presidential Secretariat earlier erroneously announced that INTERPOL had “given a medal to honor President Sirisena for his work in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks.”
In fact what Stock presented to the President was a plaque commemorating Stock’s visit and the cooperation between Sri Lankan Law Enforcement and INTERPOL.
The President’s Secretariat issued a corrected communique later.
INTERPOL also said that enhanced use of the network’s “global databases in the fight against terrorism was high on the agenda,” during these discussions.
Expansion of access to INTERPOL’s network to key border control points has already seen millions of checks conducted against the Organization’s databases of wanted persons, stolen and lost travel documents and stolen vehicles.
The global network’s resources will help Sri Lanka Police in suspect identification, reduction of mobility, tackling online terrorist presence, identification of illicit weapons and materials, and disruption of terrorist financing.
INTERPOL was the first among several international police agencies which came into Sri Lanka following the attacks.
The agency experts helped Sri Lanka in several ways including the identification of disaster victims.