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Passport checks here tap Interpol database

S'pore is one of 70 nations that cross-check agency's stolen, lost passport data

Published on Mar 27, 2014 8:20 AM
 
LESSON FROM MH370: These kinds of events show the importance of enhancing border security… and the importance of having the technology accessible to all law-enforcement and all immigration officers. - Interpol's Ms Julia Viedma (above), on the case of the two Iranians who illegally boarded Malaysia Airlines MH370

Singapore is one of about 70 member states of Interpol that conduct border checks by cross-checking against the global police agency's database of stolen and lost travel documents.

Most of Interpol's 190 member countries do not do so, however, and this has to be improved, an Interpol official told reporters here.

If more countries got onboard with integrated cross-checking of border information, it would be easier to avoid cases such as that of the two Iranians who illegally boarded Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, said Ms Julia Viedma, Interpol director of international partnerships and development unit.

"These kinds of events show the importance of enhancing border security… and the importance of having the technology accessible to all law-enforcement and all immigration officers to be able to cross-check all bio-data," she said at a press conference yesterday.

 
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