Suspects, including a Malaysian who was described as a “terrorist fighter” and was deported from Turkey, as well as a Sri Lankan who was traveling through Indonesia on a stolen blank Italian passport, have been taken into custody, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The arrests were the result of a strategy funded by Canada and implemented by representatives of the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The strategy was coordinated by international police under the name “Project Sunbird III,” which ran for about a week last month.
It involved police, immigration and maritime authorities and others from all of the ASEAN members, whose officers screened passports at 35 land, air and sea border points.
An estimated 8 million searches were conducted during the operation, resulting in 17 arrests and 110 “hits” on passports recorded in INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database, authorities said.
Nancy McDonald, the high commissioner of Canada to Singapore, said: “This project builds upon previous Canada-INTERPOL partnerships focusing on intelligence gathering and criminal analysis in Southeast Asia. With the use of new and emerging technologies by terrorists for the purposes of recruitment, radicalization and training, such as the use of social media, it is even more incumbent upon the law enforcement community to work collaboratively to address these threats.”