The House of Representatives has approved an amendment to the interception of communications Act which seeks to boost the capacity of the security forces to monitor communication by criminals.

Our news center reported on Monday that National Security Minister, Dr. Horace Chang told a media conference on the weekend that the amendment will allow the security forces to with the permission of a Court tap the telephones of more criminal suspects.

Minister Chang piloted the resolution which paved the way for the amendment to the Act in the House yesterday.

He noted that the amendment seeks to empower the Police to with the permission of the Court tap the telephones of people suspected of breaching the anti gang law.

Minister Chang gave more details on the suspected offences for which the security forces may ask the Court to tap the phone of suspects.

Dr. Chang says the amendment also seeks to empower the security forces to with the permission of the Court tap the phones of suspected lottery scammers.

Dr. Horace Chang, National Security Minister addressing the House of Representatives yesterday.

Meantime, Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Fitz Jackson, supported the amendment to the interception of communications act.

Fitz Jackson, Opposition Spokesman on National Security addressing the House of Representatives yesterday.