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COJ, Immigration link database to prevent suspects from leaving kingdom

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Thailand’s Court of Justice (COJ) and the Immigration Bureau signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to run a real-time background check on suspects or defendants in an effort to prevent those with court order from leaving the Kingdom as well as those who are permitted to travel while out on bail.

The signing ceremony took place on 14 November 2019 at the Court of Justice meeting room. Sarawut Benjakul, secretary-general of the Court of Justice, said the agreement will link the Government Information Network (GIN) with the Immigration’s Biometrics database. This will help both organizations share and gain benefits from the information.

The information includes sent and received information of court orders for suspects and defendants who are temporarily allowed to travel outside the kingdom, those who are forbidden from leaving the kingdom as well as the order to revoke the court order to allow them to travel outside the kingdom.

Sarawut also said that each year, about 6,000 suspects or defendants are prohibited from travelling abroad after being released temporarily by the courts.

Police Maj. Gen. Ponchai Khanteerong, commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, said that the Immigration is delighted to collaborate with the Court of Justice and other government agencies to share the information, which is part of the “Thailand 4.0” policy announced and promoted by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to drive the country.

Maj. Gen. Ponchai said the collaboration also helps working processes of civil servants be efficient and enable faster services to the public as well as helping related agencies reduce costs of operation.

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