South African National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi says he will use his position as head of Interpol to connect 44 of the 182 member states to the I-24/7 Global Communication system to share critical criminal information with rest of their counterparts.

Commissioner Selebi said he would ensure that the weaker countries mostly African Interpol member states were connected to the system within six months.

The system enables police all over the world to access information about stolen vehicles, IDs, passports, and most wanted terror groups, a DNA database and any information crucial for criminal investigations.

Commissioner Selebi was speaking in Pretoria today after his return from Cancun, Mexico, where he attended the 73rd Interpol General Assembly where he was elected President of the international policing body.

"My priorities as President of Interpol are determined by the Assembly. But more importantly for me is to move resources where they are needed most, to direct and redirect resources to favour the weak and slowest countries.

"The responsibility of the President is to ensure that all those 44 countries must be connected to the I-24/7 system.

"So it is part of that programme of ensuring that resources available in the organisation are used to help the slowest and weakest," said the former South African representative at the United Nations.

Commissioner Selebi replaced Jesus Espigares Mira, Director of Criminal Investigation Department of the Spanish National Police.

Mr Mira served as President of Interpol from 2000, while Commissioner Selebi was Vice-President of the Interpol African bureau since 2000.

He said already the Assembly had allocated 2.5 million Euros for the connection of 1-24/7 system of the 44 countries.

"The system will ensure that African countries are also on the same technological footing with the rest of the world," he said.

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