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Dhahi Khalfan Tamim opens Emirates Forensic 2018
by HAMZA M. SENGENDO April 10, 2018
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DUBAI: Without knowledge sharing, forensic science exists in a vacuum and instances of miscarriage of justice become unavoidable, agreed officials at the Emirates Forensic 2018 opening ceremony on Monday.

The Emirates International Forensic Conference and Exhibition was inaugurated by Dubai Deputy Chief of Police and Public Security and Emirates Forensic Honorary Chairman Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim.

The conference and exhibition is held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council.

The three-day international event and its parallel workshops at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre under the theme: “Science Serving Justice,” will continue until Apr.11.

Lt. Gen Tamim underlined the Dubai Police keenness to train officers and equip them with knowledge in all security and police work fields to be able to deal in high efficiency with crimes of all kinds.

“Here comes an opportunity to reap fruits of forensic science and criminology knowledge. The more we focus on the best disciplines and cope requirements of the era, the more we stay at the forefront.”

He shared with the audience the police’s pioneering experience in forensic science and criminology, and the most important achievements including its state-of the-art forensic science building.

“We had a problem of recognising DNA as evidence in UAE courts. One day, a Sharia Court in Ras Al Khaimah asked us to prove the affiliation of a child. Necessary tests were carried out on the sample.

“The judge after listening to the DNA expert recognised DNA as evidence of the child’s affiliation…We succeeded in introducing DNA as a new technique to prove crimes to judicial authorities.”

“We started with 12 personnel and now have 631 (doctors, experts, officers and staff) 91 holding Doctorates, 41 holding Masters and 143 Bachelor’s degrees and 19 holding Licentiate degrees.”

The Technical & Administrative Director of Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office Fort Worth (Texas), Mr. Ronald Singer said, “The conference allows us to share the latest forensic information.

“This sharing of knowledge about various advances in forensic technology and interpretation, and an open discussion between colleagues on common problems is vital to continued growth.”

“As knowledge increases, the judicial system is given full access to the maximum amount of reliable information in the pursuit of justice,” he underlined.

“The gathering of scientists is a major way to the goal. Without the sharing, forensic science exists in a vacuum and instances of potential miscarriage of justice become unavoidable.

“The periodic gathering of scientists in this type of discourse and the presentations made at the conference will have an immediate powerful impact on the entire region‘s justice system.”

The Chairman of INDEX Holding and Executive Chairman of Emirates Forensic, Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani said, “This supports UAE’s 2021 vision of becoming the country with the lowest violent crime rate.”

To cater for the needs of students, university students have been accorded a great opportunity to present research papers and participate in the Young Scientist Award Competition.

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