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Thailand's CIFS teams up with FBI on criminal database

Thailand's Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation have teamed up to share their databases of criminals' and inmates' DNA, which would be useful in crime suppression. It would help identify repeat offenders, track human-trafficking rackets and minimise the chance of wrongful prosecution and conviction.

The operation will - upon consent of convicts and inmates - store their personal and DNA details, with nearly 100,000 records in hand and data on another 100,000 inmates through coordination with the Corrections Department, said CIFS director Khunying Pornthip Rojanasunand after the recent signing of an MoU between the institute and the FBI.

DNA records

The CIFS-FBI database will link with the Royal Thai Police's criminal database and its DNA records. Justice Ministry permanent secretary Kittiphong Kittayarak said the DNA profiles of 100,000 inmates could be collected in three years' time, and that Thailand would be the 41st country that would share the FBI's database using US-designed CODIS DNA software.

Pornthip said the CIFS's proven lab work had contributed to the FBI's decision to launch such collaboration. It would also be used in security operations in the deep South by identifying wrongdoers, whether they were violators of general laws or insurgents committing terrorism.

The CIFS has full authority in DNA identification work and any government wanting DNA verification is required to send in their samples.

According to the FBI's website, CODIS is the acronym for "Combined DNA Index System" and is the generic term used to describe the FBI's programme of support for criminal justice DNA databases as well as the software used to run these databases.


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