BEIRUT: Interpol will provide Lebanon with advanced border security measures and integrate its database of wanted individuals as well as stolen motor vehicles in a move that will benefit security forces’ investigations.
According to Interpol, the head of General Security, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, signed an agreement earlier this week with the agency’s secretary-general, Ronald Noble, which includes several security measures aimed at enhancing the country’s border security.
The agreement, signed at the headquarters of Interpol’s General Secretariat in Paris, entails deploying the organization’s “MIND/FIND” state-of-the-art passport screening system at key border points, including airports.
The tool enables General Security to instantly run checks in Interpol’s database of stolen and lost travel documents. The database contains 36 million documents and will allow General Security personnel to identify persons seeking to conceal their true identity, including internationally wanted persons, suspected terrorists and transnational criminals.
Interpol will also integrate its database of “Red Notices” which identify internationally wanted persons with that of the General Security, and link up with Interpol’s stolen motor vehicle database.
“Stolen motor vehicles represent a key security issue in Lebanon, as testified by the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005 by a bomb placed in a vehicle stolen in Japan,” Interpol said.
Interpol has issued Lebanon a notice to carry out arrest warrants against the four members of Hezbollah indicted by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in Hariri’s case. Lebanese authorities have so far failed to apprehend the suspects.
“The security measures agreed today with Director General Ibrahim represent a significant step forward, and highlight the commitment by Lebanon’s authorities to an international collaborative approach to security,” Noble added.
Interpol also agreed to co-host with Lebanon the first-ever global meeting of immigration and border security heads to share successful approaches on border protection.