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Interior Minister Basilio Monteiro has challenged the National Criminal Investigation Service (SERNIC) to adapt to the dynamics of the crimes it investigates, and truly engage in the fight against organised crime in the country.
Speaking to SERNIC staff at the opening of the first coordinating council of the National Criminal Investigation Service in Nampula yesterday, Monteiro called for deep reflection on the guiding principles of criminal investigation in the country.
Minister Monteiro noted that the prevention and fight against crime were key to the maintenance of public order and the proper administration of justice in the country.
“With the end of the PIC and the institutionalisation of SERNIC, the government has been made aware of the threat posed by organised and trans-border crime today, given that it is an increasingly sophisticated phenomenon that goes beyond state borders,” the minister noted.
Looking forward, the minister expressed concern about corruption in the subsector, discouraging such practices.
“SERNIC must carry out its mission of investigation with quality, guided by high standards of reliability, scientific and technical proficiency, and subordinated solely to ethical and normative principles,” he said.
He also recommended that the service capitalise on the combination of its various internal and inter-institutional valencies as crucial aspects in discovering the facts of organised crime.
“SERNIC members should be guided by teamwork, rigour, speed, professionalism and avoidance of any acts of corruption,” he added.
The first two-day SERNIC coordinating council takes place under the motto “For a proactive criminal investigation service with the citizen’s support”.Source: O País