Interpol and MACC join hands to fight graft


Source : Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR – Interpol is working very closely with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on the transfer and sharing of knowledge to combat corruption.

“For us, the cooperation between Interpol and MACC is very strong. We have the closest of cooperation in terms of investigative techniques that are used to expose corruption and on investigations where there are international elements involved,” said Interpol secretary-general Ronald K. Noble.

Noble

Interpol is the world’s largest international police organisation which supports law enforcement agencies in 190 member countries.

He was speaking to Bernama here on Thursday, at the end of a two-day conference organised by Interpol, Fifa, the world’s football governing body, Asian Football Confederation and the MACC, to deal with match-fixing which afflicts world football.

The conference was held, following revelations two weeks ago that almost 700 matches worldwide, including Champions League ties and World Cup qualifiers, were targeted by gambling syndicates.

Noble said the Interpol-MACC cooperation was further strengthened with the secondment of an MACC officer to the Interpol Secre-tariat in Lyon, France.

MACC assistant senior commissioner Mohd Hafaz Nazar reported for duty as a criminal investigation officer in May last year, on a two-year stint at the secretariat.

In addition, MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Abu Kassim Mohamed has been a member of the Interpol Group of Experts on Corrup-tion for the past 12 years.

Among Abu Kassim’s notable contributions was the Manual of Best Practices for anti-corruption and asset recovery procedures.

Noble hoped the next agenda of the cooperation would be to develop course work allowing for e-learning in combating corruption.

“This could be expanded regionally around the world. I think that’s the next step for Interpol and MACC,” he said. – Bernama

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