INTERPOL: “INTERPOL training in Indonesia supports police in investigating migrant smuggling”

August 15, 2014

INTERPOL on August 13, 2014 released the following:

“SEMARANG, Indonesia – The first training session of the INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme on Enhancing Migrant Smuggling Investigation in Southeast Asia is being held in Indonesia in cooperation with the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC).

The two-week course (11-22 August) brings together 22 law enforcement officials from anti-human trafficking units, cybercrime units, INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) and national judicial authorities from eight countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The course is part of a two-year training programme, supported by funding from the Government of Canada, which aims to build the investigative capacity of law enforcement officers in Southeast Asia to prevent human trafficking and migrant smuggling, and enhance regional cooperation with a view to creating a sustainable network in the region for the sharing of knowledge and expertise.

Attending the opening ceremony were Police Commissioner General Suhardi Alius, Chief of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Indonesia National Police; Dale Sheehan, INTERPOL’s Director of Capacity Building and Training; Police Brigadier General Soepartiwi, Executive Director of the JCLEC; and Detective Superintendent Brian Thomson, Executive Director of Programs with the JCLEC.

Brigadier General Soepartiwi underlined the important role of INTERPOL in the fight against transnational crime in Southeast Asia, and applauded the Canadian Government and INTERPOL for their support in implementing the capacity building programme in the region.

Commending the JCLEC on its 10th anniversary, Mr Sheehan said: “The JCLEC is a strategic partner of INTERPOL in the delivery of our capacity building programmes. Further partnerships with the Indonesia National Police, Australia Federal Police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police, combined with all ASEAN member countries, ensure the essential exchange and sharing of best practices throughout Southeast Asia.”

The JCLEC is located within the Indonesian National Police Academy. It is a resource for the region in the fight against transnational crime, with a focus on counter-terrorism, through the coordination of training programmes, seminars and workshops.”

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“FBI, Interpol Host Critical Infrastructure Symposium”

July 9, 2014

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on July 8, 2014 released the following:

Director Comey Addresses the Importance of Partnerships

07/08/14

FBI Director James Comey was in Miami yesterday, where he spoke at the opening of the four-day International Law Enforcement Critical Infrastructure Symposium. The event, co-hosted by the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate and Interpol, has drawn senior law enforcement officials from more than 90 countries to explore and share best practices for managing WMD and counterterrorism threats targeted against critical infrastructure and to identify common approaches to protect infrastructure and key resources.

Also participating in the symposium are domestic first responders, corporate security officers, and other U.S. federal partners.

“Today, critical infrastructure is all encompassing,” said Director Comey. “It is everything to our country and our world—our dams, our bridges, our highways, our networks,” he added, explaining that the threats we face to our interconnected systems—such as bioterrorism, agroterrorism, and sabotage—are as diverse as our infrastructure itself.

Comey cited examples of threats to infrastructure, to include the armed assault last April on a California power station, the 2008 attack in Mumbai in which gunmen opened fire at a number of locations, and last year’s deadly shootings at a Kenyan shopping mall. He also noted the ninth anniversary of the July 7, 2013 strikes by terrorists who bombed the London Underground and a double-decker bus in a series of coordinated suicide attacks.

“We know these threats are real,” Comey told the audience. “We must together figure out ways to protect our infrastructure, to work together to strengthen our response to a terrorist attack, a tragic accident, or a natural disaster.”

While touching on topics ranging from terrorism, cyber, and WMD threats to training, partnerships, and intelligence, Comey’s theme throughout underscored the importance of open communication and information sharing with our partners in the U.S. and abroad.

Interpol, as an international police organization, is an important partner on which the Bureau relies heavily to help combat threats of all types. The FBI, through its liaison with Interpol, is able to leverage 190 member countries to address challenges around the globe—a very important ability in a constantly evolving global threat environment.

Comey also highlighted the work of our WMD Directorate, each FBI field office’s WMD coordinator, and our two regional WMD assistant legal attachés in Tbilisi and Singapore. “They integrate our counterterrorism, intelligence, counterintelligence, scientific, and technological components and provide timely analysis of the threat and response,” Comey said. “The goal is to shrink the world to respond to the threat.”

The symposium provides the opportunity for participants to help work toward that goal. Through networking and discussions on how to coordinate and cooperate on critical infrastructure preparedness and protection efforts, attendees will strengthen existing partnerships and develop new ones. By rallying the international community around defeating a common threat, our collective chances of success increase.

Director Comey said that our greatest weapon in this fight is unity, which is developed through intelligence sharing and interagency cooperation. “It is built on the idea that standing together, we are smarter and stronger than when we are standing alone,” he said. “Because no one person—no FBI agent, no police officer, no agency, and no country—can prevent or respond to an attack on critical infrastructure alone.””

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“Nepal requests INTERPOL Red Notice for wanted rhino poacher”

December 10, 2013

INTERPOL on December 6, 2013 released the following:

“LYON, France – At the request of Nepal, INTERPOL has issued a Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, for Rajkumar Praja wanted for rhino poaching and trading internationally in rhino horns.

The 30-year-old Nepalese national is wanted to serve a sentence of 15 years for poaching rhinos in the Chitwan National Park, and the Red Notice comes after law enforcement officials in Nepal dismantled a network of 13 poachers earlier this year.

Nepal’s request for the Red Notice has been welcomed by INTERPOL’s Environmental Security unit as further evidence of the ongoing enforcement efforts by Nepalese authorities which have resulted in a sharp fall in poaching numbers and increased arrests.

“Given the increasingly international nature of wildlife crime, it is important for countries to look beyond their national borders and develop an international fugitive investigation strategy,” said David Higgins, head of the INTERPOL Environmental Security unit.

“With many criminals crossing borders, law enforcement needs to stay one step ahead to successfully address this crime. We would encourage all member countries to make increased use of INTERPOL’s global network in identifying and bringing to justice criminals who seek to profit at the cost of our environment,” added Mr Higgins.

A key area in effectively combating this type of crime is coordination with other regional and international organizations, including the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN).

“Wildlife crime is well organized at the transnational level. Collaborative efforts are essential to develop the capacity of the frontline staff to combat this crime,” said Mr Megh Bahadur Pandey, Chief Enforcement Coordinator of SAWEN and Director General of Nepal’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation.

“SAWEN Secretariat and INTERPOL have started their joint efforts to build the capacity of frontline staff in law enforcement in South Asia. SAWEN Secretariat would like to appeal to all wildlife enforcement networks and international agencies to coordinate in combating wildlife crime,” concluded Mr Pandey.

The international trade in wildlife is one of the greatest threats to wildlife conservation efforts, with criminal exploitation now pushing iconic species – such as the tiger, the snow leopard, the elephant and the rhinoceros – to the brink of extinction. INTERPOL’s Project Predator and Project Wisdom support national law enforcement efforts in addressing wildlife crime in Asia and Africa.

All 190 member countries are being encouraged to prioritize international exchange and expand their use of INTERPOL’s specialized tools including its colour-coded Notices system to investigate, locate and apprehend environmental criminals.

The recognition for global action to combat the transnational criminal organizations behind environmental crime was recently highlighted with the announcement of a USD 1 million reward by the US State Department for information leading to the dismantling of the Xaysavang Network.”

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Interpol Red Notice issued for Zsolt Hernadi, CEO of Hungary’s Energy Group MOL

October 2, 2013

Reuters on October 1, 2013 released the following:

Croatia issues Interpol arrest warrant for CEO of Hungary’s MOL

Oct 1 (Reuters) – Croatia issued an Interpol arrest warrant for the chief executive of Hungarian energy group MOL, Zsolt Hernadi, on bribery charges, state news agency Hina reported on Tuesday.

Croatia’s former prime minister, Ivo Sanader, was found guilty last year of accepting a 5 million euro ($7 million) bribe in 2008 from MOL in exchange for granting it a dominant position in oil and gas firm INA even without it buying a majority stake.

Sanader has filed an appeal. Both MOL and Sanader firmly deny the accusations.

Croatia also issued a European Arrest Warrant for Hernadi, Hina said, which makes it more likely that he would be handed over to Croatia by any other EU state.

No one at the national police headquarters in Zagreb was immediately available to comment. A MOL spokesperson declined to comment.

The warrants were issued after Hernadi failed to appear for questioning in Zagreb last month in a bribery case. A Croatian court issued a detention order last week – a precondition for issuing an international arrest warrant – citing flight risk.

Hungarian authorities have refused two requests from Croatia to question Hernadi, citing the protection of national interests and saying there was no legal reason to do so.

Hungary’s own investigation in 2011-12 found that neither MOL nor its officials played any role in the alleged bribery.

Hernadi has also denied any wrongdoing.

MOL owns close to 50 percent of INA, while the government owns almost 45 percent. Croatia says MOL’s management rights are excessive and that the Hungarian company has failed to invest adequately in INA’s development.

The two started negotiating a new shareholder agreement last month.”

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“Interpol issues ‘Red Notice’ for Britain’s terror widow on behalf of Kenyan authorities”

October 1, 2013

NBC News on September 26, 2013 released the following:

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor

“Interpol has issued a “Red Notice,” or internationally wanted persons alert, for the British mother of three dubbed the “White Widow” at the request of authorities in Kenya.

Samantha Lewthwaite, known as “Sherafiya,” is thought to be a key member of al Shabaab, the Somalia-based militant group that has claimed responsibility for the deadly Nairobi mall siege.

She is wanted by Kenya on charges of being in possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011, according to Interpol.

Circulated to all 190 Interpol member countries, the Red Notice is one of the international crime fighting organization’s most powerful tools in tracking international fugitives.

“By requesting an Interpol Red Notice, Kenya has activated a global ‘tripwire’ for this fugitive,” said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

While the Interpol notice does not specifically cite the mall attacks, Lewthwaite was mentioned on al Shabaab’s Twitter feed before the post was taken down late Sunday.

“@HSM-PRESSOFFICE2: Sherafiyah lewthwaite aka Samantha is a very vrave (sic) lady,” it read. “were happier to have her in our ranks #westgate #AlShabaab COWARDS!”

It is not the first time Lewthwaite has been linked to attacks in Kenya, where police believe she was part of a thwarted attack on hotels in the holiday resort in Mombasa, planned for Christmas 2011.

Lewthwaite hails from Banbridge, a small town around 30 miles south of Belfast in Northern Ireland.

She is a Muslim convert whose husband Germaine Lindsay was one of three suicide bombers responsible for the July 7, 2005 London bombings.

Her mother, Christine Allen, is widely reported to have met her father, Andy Lewthwaite, while he was serving as a British soldier in the 1970s in Northern Ireland at the height of the time known as “The Troubles.”

As a child, she lived in Banbridge for two years, with her parents and older siblings Sabrina and brother John, attending a local primary school, according to the Belfast Telegraph newspaper.

Her grandmother Elizabeth Allen, who still lives near the town, told the paper that she now wears a panic alarm in case Lewthwaite reappears.

“I’ve been told by Special Branch [police officers] to contact them immediately if anything happens,” she said.

After her father left the army, they returned to the British mainland, settling in Aylesbury, a small town north of London, where family friends describe her as a “jolly girl.”

Raj Khan, a local councilor who has known Samantha for years said he finds it hard to reconcile the woman who he sees on the news, with the girl he once knew.

“She was a jolly child, and a really good person,” he told NBC News. “She was an innocent young person. She would do anything to help other people, she was a very good human being.”

He added that he fears his old friend was being demonized and that he will only pass judgment on the girl he knew if she is charged with terrorist activity.

“She was not strong-headed,” he said. “That’s why I find it absolutely amazing that she is supposed to be [involved in] an international criminal terrorist organization.”

Family friend Niknam Hussain added that she was not born into Islam, but had become interested in it after befriending a local Muslim family.

“They were a nice normal Muslim family of Pakistani origin, nothing radical about them in the slightest,” he told NBC News. “The father was a pious man who helped out in the local mosque, but they were not extreme at all. They still aren’t.”

He added that Samantha had befriended two daughters, of a similar age and spent a lot of time at the family’s home after her parents split in 1995, according to Britain’s, Daily Mail.

At around the age of 15, she had asked to become a Muslim.

“It was entirely her decision,” Hussain added. “She was not pressured or cajoled into anything. She was very keen to do something herself and as far as I know her family supported her decision and the Muslim family helped to facilitate this.

“Quite how and where she became radicalized, I don’t know, but it certainly wasn’t here. The family still goes to the mosque but they are normal members of society. The brothers are both mechanics and the daughters who were friends with Samantha are now housewives.”

In an interview with Britain’s The Sun tabloid, Lewthwaite said she met suicide bomber and fellow Muslim convert, Germaine Lindsay in an online chat room when she was 17 and the pair were married three years later.

After the coordinated suicide attacks which killed 52 and injured over 700 on July 7, 2005, she publicly denounced her 20-year-old husband.

“She seemed genuine,” Hussain said. “She went back to her family so I think they had a very strong relationship.”

But then she disappeared.

Nothing was known of her whereabouts until earlier this year when it emerged that she had gone on the run after police foiled a plot to blow up Western tourist targets near the Kenyan resort of Mombassa.

When British national Jermaine Grant and Kenyan Fouad Manswab were arrested in December 2011, police allegedly found ingredients identical to those used in the London bombings, according to Britain’s Daily Telegraph.

Under questioning, both men claimed they were acting under the direction of Lewthwaite who somehow managed to avoid arrest.

So fearful of her influence were Kenyan authorities that when her accused co-conspirator originally came to trial, the case was moved to a high security court because of a new “security threat,” Jacob Ondari, the deputy public prosecutor, told Mombasa magistrates’ according to Kenya’s The Nation newspaper.

He was due in court again on Monday, but it was unclear if the trial started again due to the hostage crisis.

“We know that Fouad is in touch with Samantha Lewthwaite, and they were planning to rescue their accomplice,” Ondari told reporters.

But in a March 2012 interview with The Sun, Lewthwaite’s father Andy denied that she would have anything to do with the plot.

“Samantha would not be involved in anything to do with terrorism. She was badly affected by what happened before and would have nothing to do with it. I am sure of that,” he told them, although he admitted he hadn’t heard from his daughter for some time.

Since then Lewthwaite has been on the run for 15 months and it was thought that she was in Tanzania or Somalia. British and Kenyan media are now reporting that she is a suspect in the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi.”

A copy of the Red Notice may be found here.

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“INTERPOL issues Red Notice for arrest of Samantha Lewthwaite at Kenya’s request”

September 26, 2013

INTERPOL on September 26, 2013 released the following:

“Public’s help in identifying and locating ‘White Widow’ fugitive crucial, says INTERPOL Chief

LYON, France – An INTERPOL Red Notice, or internationally wanted persons alert, has been issued for UK national Samantha Lewthwaite at the request of authorities in Kenya.

Lewthwaite, aged 29, who is also believed to use the alias ‘Natalie Webb’, is wanted by Kenya on charges of being in possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011.

Circulated to all 190 INTERPOL member countries, the Red Notice represents one of INTERPOL’s most powerful tools in tracking international fugitives.

“By requesting an INTERPOL Red Notice, Kenya has activated a global ‘tripwire’ for this fugitive,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“Through the INTERPOL Red Notice, Kenyan authorities have ensured that all 190 member countries are aware of the danger posed by this woman, not just across the region but also worldwide,” said the Head of INTERPOL.

Containing identification details and judicial information about a wanted person, INTERPOL Red Notices communicate to police worldwide that a person is wanted by a member country and request that the suspect be placed under provisional arrest pending extradition.

Secretary General Noble said the publication of the Red Notice for Samantha Lewthwaite meant that the public could also play a crucial role in providing information to law enforcement to help identify and locate her.

With Lewthwaite previously only wanted at the national level for alleged possession of a fraudulently obtained South African passport, Secretary General Noble said this case underlined the ‘invisible threat’ posed by terrorists and criminals travelling internationally using illicit passports.

“Every year hundreds of millions of individuals are boarding international transport and crossing borders without having the authenticity of their travel or identity document checked. This dramatically compromises our ability to effectively screen and identify at airports and land crossings those individuals who could be suspected criminals and terrorists,” said Mr Noble.

The INTERPOL Chief pointed to a significant gap in international security by highlighting that despite approximately 1.1 billion international trips being made in 2012, only 700 million travel documents were screened against INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database which currently contains more than 38.5 million records from 166 countries.

“Until this glaring hole in global security is properly addressed, no country in the world can consider itself safe from terrorists and other criminals crossing borders to harm their citizens and visitors,” concluded Secretary General Noble.

Samantha Lewthwaite is the widow of Germaine Lindsay, one of the four bombers involved in the 7 July terror attacks in London in 2005, in which 52 people were killed and hundreds more injured.”

A copy of the Red Notice may be found here.

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“Afghan bank employee suspected of stealing £700,000″

September 4, 2013

The Guardian on September 4, 2013 released the following:

By: Associated Press in Kabul

Interpol red notice issued for woman believed to have travelled to India after allegedly transferring funds to relatives’ accounts

Afghan police are trying to trace a bank employee suspected of transferring $1.1m (£700,000) from the bank’s coffers to the accounts of relatives.

Shokofa Salehi, 22, worked in the money transfer division at the headquarters of Azizi Bank in Kabul. She disappeared around two months ago, said Azizi’s chief executive, Inayatullah Fazli.

At least nine other people are believed to be involved in the case. “They are a mafia group,” Fazli alleged.

The revelations are another blow to Afghanistan’s banking sector, in which corruption has unravelled one major institution and there are ongoing security threats from militants and criminals.

An Interpol red notice – the equivalent of an international arrest warrant – says authorities are seeking Salehi, who had worked at the bank for three years, on charges of fraud and misusing her authority. Afghan officials believe she used fake documents under the name Samira to travel to India after transferring the money. Her current whereabouts are unknown.

Two suspects in the case have been detained in Dubai. General Aminullah Amarkhail, a senior Afghan police official, said counterparts in Dubai and India were assisting in the hunt for Salehi and the remaining suspects, one of whom is alleged to have invested $850,000 in several ventures in Dubai.

Amarkhail said Salehi’s parents, who are among the missing suspects, were believed to have returned to Kabul after travelling with their daughter to India.

Azizi Bank, which launched in 2006, has more than 1,500 employees, 20% of them female, and claims to play “a quiet but effective role in women’s emancipation and empowerment”. It boasts on its website that it is “the bank you can trust”.

Salehi’s alleged theft is small fry in comparison to past examples of corruption in Afghanistan’s banking sector. In 2010 regulators seized Kabul Bank, Afghanistan’s largest lender, amid allegations of graft. Its bailout equated to more than 5% of Afghanistan’s gross domestic product, making it one of the largest banking failures in the world in relative terms.

An independent report described Kabul Bank as being run like a Ponzi scheme. Investigators said $861m in fraudulent loans had disappeared into the pockets of associates of the men behind the bank.

Banks in Afghanistan have also been targeted by criminal gangs and suicide bombers drawn to gatherings of government employees drawing or cashing their paychecks.”

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“Interpol Red Notices and the Rights of Refugees”

August 14, 2013

Huffington Post on August 13, 2013 released the following:

By: Alex Tinsley

“Late last month, INTERPOL, the international police cooperation body, highlighted a news story on its website, suggesting it should be in the running for a Nobel Peace Prize because of the significant changes in the organisation in the last decade.

In terms of numbers, there is no doubt that INTERPOL is growing fast. In 2011, it issued 7,678 Red Notices – ‘wanted person’ alerts, which inform police and border agents across the world that a person is wanted in a certain country. The figure has more than quintupled since 2001.

However, as the recent cases of Sayed Abdel Latif and Mukhtar Ablyazov have showed, the increasing recourse to INTERPOL’s systems is having a dramatic impact upon the institution of asylum, leaving some important unanswered questions about how Red Notices affect refugees.

Syed Abdel Latif is the Egyptian national who sparked an international media storm after he claimed asylum in Australia. Checking his name against INTERPOL’s databases, the Federal Police spotted a Red Notice stating that he was wanted to serve prison sentences in Egypt for convictions for murder and terrorist violent crimes. Cue public outcry at a dangerous man living in a family asylum centre.

However, Latif’s lawyers dug around, and discovered that he had, in fact, been convicted not of murder and mayhem but of membership of an illegal organisation – in a trial which observers criticised for its use of evidence obtained under torture. INTERPOL reportedly updated the Red Notice and suddenly the equation had changed.

It is, of course, helpful to know if someone claiming asylum is accused of serious crimes in their home state. But, as a Canadian Federal judge warned in 2010, Red Notices cannot be taken at face value on the assumption that they emanate from a ‘reliable, reputable and objective source’. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has indicated (page 28) that information in a Red Notice should be treated as if it came from the country behind the Red Notice – in this case Egypt. Indeed, reacting to the news, Australian minister Brendon O’Connor felt moved to go on record stating that Red Notices were ‘often wrong’ and need approaching with caution.

The reality, however, is that frontline police currently rely heavily on Red Notices: the information may come from a police office in a distant country, but it is approved by INTERPOL and carries its imprimatur. This is great for tackling serious cross-border crime, but it is also leading to increasing numbers of refugees being arrested on their travels.

This led to another big story, of Mukhtar Alblyazov, a Khazak banker reportedly granted asylum in the UK who was recently arrested in France as a result of a Red Notice – following the alarming arrest and expulsion of his wife and daughter in Italy. INTERPOL is reported to have responded to the story stating that police consulting its systems would not have known he was a refugee, only that he was wanted for crimes.

True enough, INTERPOL may not always know a person has asylum, but a savvy observer should recognise persecution when it sees it, and other, more clear-cut cases Fair Trials International has seen recently show that some countries are currently getting past INTERPOL’s controls.

Consider the case of Petr Silaev [], previously featured on this website: a young activist who took part in a demonstration in Moscow, fled the ensuing police crackdown and was recognised as a refugee in Finland, only to be arrested in Spain after an investigator in Moscow issued an INTERPOL alert to try him for ‘hooliganism’. The Spanish court, highly suspicious of the investigator who was after Petr, sensed illegitimate motives and refused to cooperate. INTERPOL could have done so itself, sparing Petr his ordeal. In the video below, Petr discusses the impact of this arrest on his life.

Cases like these have prompted the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the world’s largest regional security organisation, to call on INTERPOL to reform its oversight mechanisms, while members of the European Parliament are beginning to recognise that ‘something must be done’ to prevent the arrest of those recognised as political refugees in the EU.

Indeed, the arrest of a refugee is a serious matter. These are people the international community has chosen to protect, and INTERPOL must do all it can to avoid undermining that protection. As INTERPOL nears its 100th birthday, it is an opportune moment to have the discussion about the way forward.”

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“Interpol looks for Icelander – Last seen in Paraguay”

August 7, 2013

News of Iceland on August 7, 2013 released the following:

“The International Criminal Police Organization, Interpol, looks for Icelandic Friðrik Kristjánsson. He has not been seen or heard from since April but was last seen in Paraguay. The Icelandic police officially started looking for Friðrik early July this summer.

Friðrik is 30 years old and was traveling in South-America. The Icelandic police asked for Interpols assistance when trying to locate Friðrik this April. He was then believed to be in Paraguay or Brazil. The search was unsuccessful.

Many stories and rumors about his disappearance have been floating around, but the rumors seem to have been unfounded. The Icelandic police doesn’t want to comment on the search but say the matter is not a criminal case.

Stöð 2, news agency in Iceland reported in April that the police had information about Friðrik being killed abroad. The police denies those stories.

Interpol describes Friðrik as being 175 cm tall, blue eyed with brown hair and speaking Icelandic, English and Spanish.”

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“Improving regional investigative response to radiological and nuclear terrorism focus of INTERPOL conference in Panama”

August 5, 2013

INTERPOL on August 5, 2013 released the following:

“PANAMA CITY, Panama – Some 60 officers from nine Central and South American countries have attended an INTERPOL meeting in Panama to develop a coordinated regional approach to preventing terrorism that makes use of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) materials.

Organized by INTERPOL’s CBRNE Terrorism Prevention Programme and the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Panama, the five-day meeting (29 July to 2 August) was aimed at identifying regional methodology for leading effective intelligence-driven, prevention-orientated investigations into acts of terrorism involving CBRNE weapons, materials and technology.

Topics of discussion included regional operations against trafficking in radioactive materials, radioactive and nuclear materials sources, incident response mechanisms and radiation detection equipment used in CBRNE operations.

“The risk of CBRNE materials being used by terrorists is very real and it is critical that we work together to address the threat if we want to keep the Americas, and indeed the whole world, safe for its citizens,” said Panama Police Director Julio Molto.

Bringing together representatives from regional law enforcement agencies, customs, border control forces, public health authorities and fire services in addition to specialized CBRNE police officers, the INTERPOL meeting included practical exercises, scenario-based tabletop exercises and familiarization with mobile detection systems.

“Combating the security threat that hazardous materials poses in the region requires a concerted regional approach amongst different public security sectors,” commented INTERPOL’s CBRNE Programme Manager Anthony Thomas.

“This meeting has served to give countries a regional overview of the radiological and nuclear terrorism threat, and a better idea of how they can work together more effectively in countering it.”

Participants will be sent a follow-up survey within the next six months to enable the region to assess the steps they need to put in place in their respective countries as it relates to CBRNE terrorism prevention.”

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To find additional global criminal news, please read The Global Criminal Defense Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition Defense, OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal, International Criminal Court Defense, and US Seizure of Non-Resident, Foreign-Owned Assets. Because we have experience dealing with INTERPOL, our firm understands the inter-relationship that INTERPOL’s “Red Notice” brings to this equation.

The author of this blog is Douglas C. McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

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