Thursday, March 26, 2009

Latin America: Brazil proposes Interpol style police force for South America

Mercopress reports the Brazilian government is proposing the creation of a Mercosur police force similar to Europol, to specialize in across-border crimes, revealed Brazil's Ministry of Justice.

Deputy Minister Luiz Paulo Barreto quoted by daily O Estado de S. Paulo said that the new force "would be a kind of regional Interpol."

Justice Minister Romeu Tuma Junior said, "In the land border areas, people can commit a crime, cross the road and begin laughing about what they've done because they are at the other side and law enforcement organizations can't intervene. We have to ensure legal mechanisms which ensure Justice can act effectively."

The Merpol idea will be officially presented during the next Mercosur summit scheduled for June in AsunciĆ³n, Paraguay
Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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