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Government of Georgia, FBI to share biometrics in effort to combat crime and terrorism


Georgian and American law enforcement agencies are expanding on their partnership to ensure that both parties can share information and investigate criminal cases more effectively, according to a report by Agenda.GE.

Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have signed a new agreement to cooperate in the investigation of criminal cases.

Signed by Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Archil Talakvadze and FBI legal attaché Kathleen Canning, the document ensures that the countries will proactively work together for criminal justice purposes.

“I am very happy to announce that the FBI in conjunction with criminal justice information services has engaged in a very formal agreement with the Government of Georgia and the Ministry of Internal Affairs to share biometrics,” said Canning. “So what that means is now we have been engaged in the sharing agreement for fingerprints, and other biometric information such as facial recognition that now both of our countries can share and have access to.

“I think it will help both of our countries more forward in fighting criminal activity as well as counter-terrorism and our efforts to combat terrorism in both of our countries.”

The partnership efforts will include detection of accused and criminals, fingerprint identification and data exchange, arrest, detention, release before trial, prosecution, judgment, supervision and rehabilitation, along with combating terrorism and crime prevention.

The agreement will also see the two countries work together to ensure the protection of human rights and freedoms.

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