Cape Verde to set up intelligence gathering unit

Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A State information and security service would soon be set up in Cape Verde, the Portuguese News Agency (LUSA) Wednesday quoted Prime Minister José Maria Neves as hinting.
At the end of a meeting with the country's political parties, Neves said the government would submit a bill on the unit to Parliament when the House meets in November.
The Prime Minister explained the move, which comes in the wake of the terror attacks in the United Sates, as deriving from "the need to fight against all forms of crimes and other phenomena that threaten the security and stability of the country.
" The unit, he said, would act against "terrorism, money laundering, drug and child trafficking, illegal immigration and other acts likely to endanger security and individual freedom.
" However, the Prime Minister indicated that the unit would be answerable to a parliamentary committee in order to avoid "excesses" and to ensure that personal freedoms are respected.

11 october 2001 15:30:00

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