Netherlands and US sign deal on fingerprint exchange

The Netherlands and US have signed a treaty to exchange crime suspects’ dna information and finger prints, the Dutch justice ministry said on Friday.

Dna and fingerprints found at crime scenes may also be exchanged even if there are no suspects, the treaty states. The treaty gives US investigators direct access to the Dutch dna and finger print databases.

The information will be identified by a code name and judges will have to decide if the actual identity of the suspect should be handed over, the justice ministry states.

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