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IOM donates sophisticated equipment to CID

by Sarath Malalasekera

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) donated a set of sophisticated Keesing Documentchecker Identity Documents (Intranet) to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at a ceremony held at the CID Head Office in Colombo recently.

Ms. Mary Sheehan, Chief of Mission, Sri Lanka who made the donations to CID DIG Lionel Gunatilleke said that the equipment could be used to check whether a passport had been altered or it is a forged document.

An all inclusive, the equipment is capable of intranet-based solution for verifying the authenticity of any document including passports, identity cards and driving licences.

A clear and detailed descriptions of the passport cover, the biographical data page and security features such as watermarks, holograms and UV print, supported by photographic material could be detected feeding the document to this sophisticated equipment, Ms. Sheehan said.

Documents over 180 countries and language options - English, Italian, French, German, Spanish and Dutch could be obtained from these equipment.

Keesing Documentchecker Identity Documents features the world's largest ID documents database. It is available 24 hours a day, Seven days a week and offers detailed information about a diversity of ID documents.

The database is easy to use, fast updated every month and easily installed on your internal network (Intranet).

IOM, National Programme Officer Shantha Kulasekera explained in detail about the use of these equipment which were handed over to the CID.

CID DIG Lionel Gunatilleke accepting the donation on behalf of the CID thanked the IOM officials for their kind gesture of donating the shopshiticated equipment, which will be used mainly to detect the forged passports and the other relevant documents at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).

CID Director Senior SP Sisira Mendis, Deputy Director Senior SP Nandana Munasinghe, Senior SP D.S.Y. Samaratunga and ASP Wimal Samarasekera also participated at the ceremony.

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