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Taiwanese policeman receives international crime-fighting award

2018/12/17 21:19:27

Jakarta, Dec. 17 (CNA) A police officer with Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau stationed in Indonesia has received an award for his outstanding contributions to international law enforcement by the Indonesia Foreign Law Enforcement Community (IFLEC).

The IFLEC presented the award to Li Chien-chih (李堅志) in recognition of his contributions to combating cross-border crime, making him the first Taiwanese police officer to earn the honor.

The IFLEC is an association made up of law enforcement units of several countries around the world.

Through the organization, Australian and New Zealand police authorities, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), provide assistance to and request help from Indonesian authorities.

As the IFLEC charter requires national representation as a condition of membership, Li was unable to join IFLEC until 2014, when he was recommended as a member by Indonesian police authorities and approved by representatives of other member countries.

Li was then elected to IFLEC's five-member executive committee in 2015. During his three-year term on the committee, he served as its chief financial officer and was dedicated to promoting transparency and openness in IFLEC's financial management.

"The Republic of China (Taiwan) national flag is flying at IFLEC meetings," Li said, adding that Taiwan's participation in international organizations is not impossible and can be achieved by making substantive contributions to international organizations.

Outside of his IFLEC responsibilities, Li has also helped Indonesian police clamp down on a number of cross-boarder fraud and drug smuggling cases.

Through Li's coordination, for example, Taiwanese and Indonesian police busted two call centers operated by a telecom fraud ring in August 2018, which led to the arrest of 96 suspects.

Police operations on the case were made into a documentary by the U.S. Crime & Investigation television channel and aired in several countries in Asia.

(By Jay Chou and Evelyn Kao)