ASEAN Police High-level Observation Visit facilitated by United Nations

Bucharest, 7 – 8 October, 2015 – The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) organized a two-days’ observation visit to SELEC of the ASEAN police officials and ASEANOPOL Secretariat representatives, with the purpose to strengthen their understanding of the SELEC practices and of ways in which representatives of SELEC Member States coordinate and cooperate with one another through SELEC in investigating transnational serious cases.

Representatives of Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, SEARCCT and ASEANOPOL Secretariat were welcomed by the SELEC Management, being presented, among others, SELEC’s objectives and tasks, structure, financing, daily operation in investigating transborder crimes a/o. The agenda of the visit also included country presentations from SELEC Liaison Officers who actively participated in the event.

The Director General of SELEC, Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, and the Director for Operations, Mr. Romulus Nicolae Ungureanu, made an extensive presentation of SELEC, its operational capabilities and successes, whilst Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, Director for Legal and Internal Affairs, provided details about the administrative and financial matters, as well as about the Southeast European Prosecutors Advisory Group (SEEPAG) which is functioning under SELEC auspices.

At the end of the visit, it was concluded that SELEC may serve as model  for establishing a regional mechanism for effective joint investigation in the Southeast Asia, ACP Mohamad Anil Shah, Director for Police Services of the ASEANOPOL Secretariat, stating that concrete steps will be taken in this regard, taking into consideration the lessons learned during this observation visit to SELEC.

ASEANOPOL was founded on the cornerstone of police to police networking, its objectives being to enhance police professionalism and stronger regional cooperation amongst police officers of its 10 member countries.