SCO mem­bers will join forces to com­bat ter­ror­ism

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YAN in Bei­jing and MA ZHIPING in Sanya Con­tact the writ­ers at zhangyan1@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China has called for in­ten­si­fied in­tel­li­gence shar­ing and ev­i­dence col­lect­ing with Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion mem­bers to pre­vent Chi­nese from trav­el­ing to the Mid­dle East to re­ceive mil­i­tary train­ing and re­turn­ing to con­duct ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

Chi­nese pros­e­cu­tors will en­hance law en­force­ment co­op­er­a­tion with their coun­ter­parts in SCO coun­tries, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion ex­changes and joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion of ma­jor and in­di­vid­ual cases to crack down on cross-border or­ga­nized ter­ror­ist groups and cut off their sources of fund­ing, said Cao Jian­ming, pros­e­cu­tor-gen­eral of the Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate.

In ad­di­tion, they will work closely on in­ves­ti­gat­ing, freez­ing and con­fis­cat­ing ter­ror­istre­lated funds, as well as repa­tri­at­ing or ex­tra­dit­ing ter­ror sus­pects to face trial.

Cao made the re­marks dur­ing the first day of the 14th Pros­e­cu­tors-Gen­eral Con­fer­ence of SCO mem­bers in Sanya, Hainan province, which con­cludes on Thurs­day.

In re­cent years, a ris­ing num­ber of ter­ror sus­pects from China’s Xin­jiang Uygur au­tonomous re­gion have il­le­gally crossed border ar­eas into South­east Asian coun­tries, in­clud­ing Thai­land, Viet­nam and Malaysia, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity.

From those coun­tries, the sus­pects usu­ally travel to Asian or Eastern Euro­pean coun­tries, in­clud­ing Tur­key, to buy fake pass­ports. They then move on to coun­tries, in­clud­ing Syria, to re­ceive mil­i­tary train­ing and con­duct ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties ei­ther lo­cally or back in China, the min­istry said.

Zhakip As­sanov, pros­e­cu­to­rof the Repub­lic of Kaza­khstan’s Gen­eral Pros­e­cu­tor’s Of­fice, said that in 2014 more than 2,000 blank Syr­ian pass­ports were stolen, which would likely be used by such sus­pects to en­ter Syria to join lo­cal Islamic State group fac­tions.

Cao said the East Turkestan Islamic Move­ment has been spread­ing re­li­gious ex­trem­ist ide­ol­ogy in China and teach­ing ter­ror­ists how to con­duct at­tacks.

While the in­ci­dence of ter­ror­ist at­tacks has been ef­fec­tively curbed, “we are still fac­ing some prac­ti­cal chal­lenges, and we must en­hance law en­force­ment co­op­er­a­tion with SCO coun­tries”, he added.

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