WASHINGTON: The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) plans to expand its operations overseas in the coming months, including Kuala Lumpur, to fight global crime and terrorism.
FBI spokesman Bill Carter told Bernama here that an FBI agent, who would assume the post of legal attaché, would be posted at the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
He did not specify when the office would open.
The attaché would not carry out any investigations nor make arrests but would work closely with the US ambassador and liaise with law enforcement authorities in Malaysia.
Should there be a need for investigation, however, the attaché would work closely with local authorities, said Carter.
The attaché would help co-ordinate efforts to extradite fugitives in Malaysia wanted in the United States and vice-versa
Carter said if requested by host countries, the FBI would provide training, and they could also ask for investigative help from FBI laboratories.