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Real-time passport control in Tripoli (Libya)

(BRUSSELS2) Attention criminals of all kinds or people wanted by Interpol! Tripoli International Airport is now connected to Interpol for real-time passport control. the scheme was inaugurated today (March 6). The Libyan authorities responsible for border control will thus be able to directly consult Interpol's databases and access the Interpol network to locate stolen or lost passports and contribute to the identification of wanted persons, including terrorists. suspects or criminals operating internationally. The Interpol database contains some 36 million documents to which 166 countries have access; it is consulted more than 50 million times per month.

This installation was financed by the European Union as part of an Instrument for Stability program to the tune of 2,2 million euros. A program which is part of a more general EU strategy to secure the Libyan borders and which will lead to the establishment of a European PeSDC mission.

The program, which started last September, consists of three components:

  1. the strengthening of the Libyan Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) and its network, which covers in particular the central services responsible for the fight against drugs, border security and migration, as well as the main crossing points of Libyan borders which are international airports, seaports and main land crossing points with Tunisia and Egypt;
  2. strengthening the criminal analysis capacity of the judicial police department of the Ministry of the Interior;
  3. a strategic study of transnational organized crime and terrorist threats in Libya.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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