Emergency Visas for Interpol
Following Cabinet approval being granted for the issuing of special
travel permits for Interpol Police Officers and accredited international
law enforcement officers, the government intends to work closely with
the agencies, besides allowing them to carry out investigations on home
soil, Minister of Public Security, John Amaratunge said.
The International Criminal Police Organization, better known as
Interpol, has issued a special travel permit facilitating the obtaining
of Emergency Visas for the Interpol Police Officers and the Law
Enforcing Officers engaged in cross-border investigations relating to
the international policing functions.
At present, several Asian countries including Malaysia, Maldives,
Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Laos, the Philippines, Singapore and some
72 countries who are International Police member countries have accepted
this Special Travel Permit as an authorised document.
This decision can help empower the Police Department in seeking
support, specially at a time when Sri Lanka has its own offenders to
internationally look for, Amaratunge said.