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Better Control at Border Check-Points

Immigration Department Established Intelligence Directorate.

(10/18/2004) Closer scrutiny of both Indonesians and foreigners leaving and entering Indonesia is expected to be the result of the establishment of a new intelligence directorate within the National Immigration Department.

On Friday, October 15, 2004, the new directorate was formally inaugurated with the appointment of Haryo Sasongko as the Directorate's first Director by Indonesian Justice Minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra. Sasongo's last posting was as the Head of the West Java Justice Ministry office.

Elevating the function of monitoring the flow of people both in and out of the country from a division within the immigration department to a now full-fledged directorate is expected to enhance coordination between the immigration department, law enforcement agencies, the armed forces, police and the National Intelligence agency.

The new directorate will play an active role in international efforts to stem trans-national crime and tighten control at border on people sought by the police and other government agencies.