KUWAIT CITY, Sept 7: The activities of the second regional meeting of Middle East and North Africa concerning the war against adulteration of pharmaceutical products began on Sept 5. Several Arab and friendly countries participated in the two-day meeting hosted by the Interior Ministry’s Department of Arab and International Criminal Police (Interpol).
In a statement, acting Director of Criminal Investigation Department Brigadier Muhammad Saleh Al-Sharhan stressed the importance of meetings that aims to improve international relations, especially with the Secretariat General of Interpol, on the war against adulteration of pharmaceutical products to facilitate arrest of criminals and refer them to prosecution, while exchanging information among security authorities.
Al-Sharhan conveyed greetings from the Interior Ministry leadership to the attendees and shed light on their unlimited support to the gathering and its activities. He added the training course held on the sidelines of the meeting discussed the adverse effect of crime on citizens and means of fighting crime and the untoward consequences, which include illegal trade.
For his part, the director of International and Arab Criminal Police (Interpol) Colonel Ahmed Hamad Al-Helal said the Arab countries have been witness to adulteration of pharmaceutical products, and there’s need for unified efforts to confront the phenomenon. He pointed to total cooperation between the Ministries of Health, Commerce and industry, and General Customs Department.
He reiterated perpetrators of crimes operate through different channels, which include the Internet. He stressed e-crimes department monitors the activities of criminals by checking their messages and locations.