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UAE first in Arab world to join Interpol DNA system

Agreement signed will give country access to DNA profiles of more than 70,000 suspects.

The UAE has become the first country in the Arab world to join the Interpol global DNA gateway.An agreement will allow security agencies in the region to access the DNA profiles of more than 70,000 suspects and will be a major boost in crime-fighting in the UAE, officials said.

The deal was signed by Lt Colonel Salim Al Khayal, director of International Criminal Cooperation at Interpol, Abu Dhabi and Warner Sholner, of Interpol on Wednesday, news agency WAM reported.

"The agreement will give the security agencies in the UAE access to over 70,000 profiles of unknown suspects and share information with member states to the Interpol DNA data base of fingerprinting or DNA profiling," Al Khayal said.

"Through the Interpol DNA Gateway, 50 member states can share and compare DNA profiles internationally. The qualitative move will help Abu Dhabi Interpol to beef up its mechanisms to fighting crime and further maintain security."

For law enforcement, the use of forensic DNA in solving crime is proving to be as revolutionary as the introduction of fingerprint evidence in court in the late 19th century.

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