The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) on April 2 handed over equipment used in the fight against hi-tech crimes, worth 35,000 GBP, to the Vietnam Police, which is intended to enhance further the latter’s anti-crime capacity.

The NCA has over the past years cooperated closely with concerned Vietnamese agencies in efforts to counter international and trans-national criminals involving human trafficking and drug smuggling, as well as in personnel training.

The partnership between NCA and the Vietnam Police’s Anti Hi-tech Crime Department initially brought to light the “Mattfeuter” ring, which reportedly caused a loss of 300 million USD to its victims.

Speaking at the hand-over, UK Ambassador to Vietnam Giles Lever and General Director of the Vietnam Police Phan Van Vinh shared the need to accelerate cooperation in the globalisation era.

Bilateral collaboration in combating trans-national crimes and hi-tech criminals should be intensified further, they agreed, saying the activity will play a crucial part in maintaining social order and safety and ensuring national security.-VNA