“INTERPOL Americas conference focuses on cooperation in combating transnational crime”

July 2, 2013

INTERPOL on July 1, 2013 released the following:

“WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao – INTERPOL’s 22nd Americas Regional Conference opened today in Curaçao with a focus on strengthening information sharing, collaboration and border management to more effectively combat transnational organized crime throughout the region and beyond.

Prime Minister of Curaçao, Ivar Asjes, attended the opening ceremony of the three-day meeting (1-3 July) which brings together nearly 70 senior law enforcement officials from 33 countries and five international organizations, to address crime issues ranging from terrorism, people smuggling and drug trafficking, to fugitive investigations and cybercrime.

Opening the conference, Curaçao’s Minister of Justice, Nelson Navarro, said the interchange of knowledge was very important.

“It is very difficult for small countries to cope with the costs involved in the fight against international crime, so cooperation between Justice Ministers and with INTERPOL on a structural basis is essential,” said Minister Navarro.

With Curaçao one of INTERPOL’s newest member countries, having joined the world police body in 2011, Chief of Curaçao’s Police Force, Commissioner Marlon Wernet, said it was important for the country to be part of the global law enforcement community.

“This conference organized in our country is a strong indication for our region and world, that we are more than willing and ready to work together with all member states of INTERPOL, local and international law enforcement agencies, to make and maintain our country, region and world safe and as free as possible from criminal activities,” said Commissioner Wernet. “There is no doubt that together we stand and divided we are weak and would fall.”

INTERPOL President Mireille Ballestrazzi said the conference was of crucial importance in sharing best practice and expertise in addressing both traditional and emerging transnational organized crime threats.

“It is our ability to work together which is key in maintaining our concerted and joint efforts to effectively tackle transnational crime,” said President Ballestrazzi, pointing to the need to reinforce cooperation already in place as well as identifying opportunities for additional partnerships.

“It is clear that an effective police force is one which adapts to the constantly evolving challenges, which is why training also forms an important part of INTERPOL’s support to member countries in their efforts in combating all forms of crime.”

In this respect, President Ballestrazzi emphasized the added value of INTERPOL’s Regional Bureaus in Buenos Aires and San Salvador which have enabled INTERPOL to build on its operational support to member countries in the region and beyond, pointing to recent operations targeting drug trafficking and trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting.

With expanding use and access to INTERPOL’s databases also high on the agenda, delegates will be updated on the INTERPOL Illicit Arms Records and tracing Management System (iARMS), the first international centralized system for reporting and querying lost, stolen, trafficked and smuggled firearms.

To date, 74 member countries, including 10 from the Americas region, have successfully connected to the system, which since 1 January this year has seen the addition of more than 273,000 records, making iARMS one of the fastest growing databases in the world.”

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“INTERPOL to host largest-ever gathering of Ministers to address contemporary violence issues”

November 2, 2012

INTERPOL on November 1, 2012 released the following:

“ROME, Italy – INTERPOL’s General Assembly will bring together Justice, Home Affairs and Security Ministers from some 110 countries for the largest ever such gathering, which will focus on criminal violence issues ranging from human trafficking to terrorist activities.

The Ministerial meeting, which marks the beginning of the four-day (5 – 8 November) conference in Rome, Italy with the theme ‘Challenges for Police Facing Contemporary Violence’ will bring to the table senior government officials from around the globe.

INTERPOL’s Secretary General Ronald K. Noble stated, “This unprecedented gathering of ministers combined with our General Assembly will provide strong support for greater global cooperation in confronting ever-increasing and wide-ranging violent criminal activities.

“Transnational criminal violence is expanding, profiting from developments in technology and international economic challenges. Reduced budgets for law enforcement in far too many nations necessitates even greater levels of mutual support across borders in our continued efforts towards a safer world,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

A joint Ministerial outcome declaration will be issued at the conclusion of the day’s discussions, to identify viable policies and strategies which can be adapted to the unique security situations of cities, nations and regions, supported by greater shared intelligence and increased use of INTERPOL’S comprehensive databases covering a wide range of multi-national criminal activities.

INTERPOL is the largest international police organization with 190 member countries. Its work supports local national and regional law enforcement in a range of crime areas including; terrorism, organized crime, environmental crime, war crimes, maritime piracy, trafficking in illicit goods, weapons smuggling, human trafficking, money laundering, child sexual abuse, corruption and cybercrime.”

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Enhancing regional cooperation on terrorism focus of INTERPOL meeting

October 16, 2012

INTERPOL on October 11, 2012 released the following:

“ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Terrorism experts from some 30 countries and organizations gathered for a meeting of the INTERPOL Fusion Task Force to discuss ways to enhance intelligence exchange and operational collaboration, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa region.

The aim of the two-day (9-10 October) Operational Working Group meeting for Project Al Qabdah, which focuses on the Middle East and North Africa, was to promote the exchange of intelligence, support operations and enhance international and regional cooperation on terrorism-related matters. More than 100 terrorism investigators and intelligence officers attended the meeting.

Topics of discussion included terrorist groups, networks and their activities in the Middle East and North Africa; the movement of terrorists; terrorism financing; and particular terrorist organizations known to operate in the region.

INTERPOL Executive Director of Police Services Jean-Michel Louboutin said countries must collaborate and share critical information in order to effectively prevent and respond to terrorist threats.

“Looking back at what we have achieved collectively through the Fusion Task Force, we can say that member countries have provided an overwhelmingly positive response to the initiative, in particular countries from this region,” said Mr Louboutin. “This meeting presents us with an opportunity to take stock of our achievements and see how we can further improve our efforts.”

Created in 2002 in the wake of the alarming rise in the scale and sophistication of international terrorist attacks, the INTERPOL Fusion Task Force offers a multi-disciplinary approach to assisting member countries in investigations related to terrorism.”

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International operation led by INTERPOL reveals scale of illicit goods trafficking

July 18, 2012

INTERPOL on July 17, 2012 released the following:

“More than 1,400 arrested or probed and millions of illicit goods seized in Operation Black Poseidon

LYON, France – An INTERPOL-led operation against illicit goods trafficking across Eastern Europe has revealed the extent and increasingly elaborate methods used by transnational crime groups to traffic illicit goods with more than 1,400 individuals arrested or under investigation and the seizure of 7.3 million trafficked goods.

The month-long Operation Black Poseidon (May 2012) involved INTERPOL’s National Central Bureaus in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine working with national police and investigators who carried out some 1,700 interventions at commercial locations including markets, as well as at ports and airports, in cooperation with prosecutors, customs and intellectual property crime experts.

Vasyl Nevolia, the Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Kiev, Ukraine, said: “Operation Black Poseidon was important in removing potentially dangerous and sub-standard goods from circulation. It highlights the need for international police cooperation and what can be achieved through regional and global operations against organized crime networks.”

“The success and the increased awareness provided by Operation Black Poseidon demonstrates that the fight against intellectual and industrial property crimes has become a priority for Turkey’s police authorities, in addition to fighting terrorism and drug trafficking,” said Rafet Ufuk Önder, the Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Ankara, Turkey.

With officers from INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods unit coordinating the international operation both on the ground and at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, Operation Black Poseidon led to the seizure of illicit clothing, toys, foods, electronics, cigarettes and tobacco, agrochemicals and vehicle spare parts worth 123 million Euros.

“Operation Black Poseidon will have dealt a serious blow against the transnational criminal networks behind illicit trade, as well as protected the public from potentially dangerous substandard and fake goods, and raised awareness of the threat these represent,” said Simone Di Meo, Criminal Intelligence Officer with INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods programme and the operation’s coordinator.

The operation was carried out within the framework of INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods initiative which aims to identify and dismantle the organized crime networks siphoning billions of Euros from the public purse through the trafficking of illicit goods.

“The high number of arrests and illicit goods seized during Operation Black Poseidon highlights the international scale of illicit trade and the benefits national police, customs and other law enforcement agencies derive from working closely together with representatives of regulatory bodies and the private sector to stop the criminal networks behind this crime,” said John Newton, the head of INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods unit.

INTERPOL’s initiative combating illicit trade will assist police across its 190 member countries to not only target the transnational crime groups but also identify the routes used in transporting illicit goods, which are often also used for human trafficking and drug smuggling.

The key role that industry will play in supporting INTERPOL’s initiative was underlined with the decision by Phillip Morris International in June to pledge 15 million Euros over a three-year period to INTERPOL’s Fund for a Safer World to help the world police body develop a strong global programme against trafficking in illicit goods.”

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INTERPOL Global Register unveiled at Google Ideas INFO summit

July 18, 2012

INTERPOL on July 17, 2012 released the following:

“LOS ANGELES, USA – The creation of the INTERPOL Global Register (IGR), a pioneering solution in combating the trafficking of illicit goods by verifying products through their unique security features has been unveiled at the Google Ideas Illicit Networks Forces in Opposition (INFO) summit.

Unique security features can be placed on any type of consumer goods – such as pharmaceuticals, cigarettes, luxury items, household goods and toys – and in an unprecedented move, the INTERPOL Global Register will actively engage and empower the public, rights holders and law enforcement officials by enabling anyone with a mobile phone or Internet-connected device to verify a product’s legitimacy by screening these features to help determine whether the product is fake or being illicitly traded.

Clear links have been established between transnational organized crime, terrorism and the trafficking of illicit goods which generate huge profits globally at little risk to the traffickers. According to estimates more than USD 2 trillion are generated annually through illicit trade.

“INTERPOL’s core mandate has always been to make sure that law enforcement anywhere in the world will have access to the right information at the right time to fight crime. We are now taking this a step further by giving the public the ability to protect themselves by using the INTERPOL Global Register to check unique security features used to verify the authenticity of products,” said Secretary General Noble.

The INTERPOL chief also thanked Google Ideas for developing a ‘proof of concept’ model for the IGR which was unveiled at the Google INFO summit in Los Angeles where its functionality was demonstrated for the first time.

The IGR will act as a ‘gateway’, providing a flexible and secure method to integrate existing solutions across private/public sectors. It will be adaptable to virtually any product verification system put in place by manufacturers to uniquely identify their goods.

Searches can be conducted by entering details manually or scanning a code via mobile applications available on the Android, Apple, Microsoft and BlackBerry platforms which will then deliver fact, accurate and location-based information, making it a global resource for law enforcement and equally as important, protecting the public from potentially life-threatening fake products such as counterfeit medicines.

PharmaSecure, a leader in drug authentification technologies and software verification systems, currently used to security code more than one million packets of pharmaceuticals produced every day in India alone, has become one of the first companies to pursue this INTERPOL initiative.

“As an innovative pharmaceutical verification provider, Pharmasecure is proud to be the first to team up with INTERPOL to help consumers globally to verify their medicines through the INTERPOL Global Register initiative,” said Nathan Sigworth, PharmaSecure’s Co-founder and Chief Executive.

INTERPOL will also be working with the Digital Coding & Tracking Association – founded by British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco Group, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International to develop and promote tracking and tracing standards – in identifying ways to make their supply chain control system, known as Codentify, accessible via the IGR. Through the Codentify system and utilizing internationally agreed standards, it is possible to track and trace the movement of products through the supply chain, and identify whether products are genuine or counterfeit.

“Companies linking to the IGR will instantly become world leaders in securing their products and protecting consumers from fake and illicit goods, making the register an increasingly powerful tool for the consumer in giving them choice, for the companies in protecting their goods, whether branded or generic, and for law enforcement in dismantling transnational organized crime groups,” concluded INTERPOL Chief Noble.”

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Despite Interpol notice, Turkey says it won’t extradite Iraq’s Sunni vice president

May 9, 2012

Washington Post on May 9, 2012 released the following:

“By Associated Press

ISTANBUL — Turkey said Wednesday that it has no plans to send Iraq’s vice president, who is currently in Turkey, back to Iraq for prosecution even after Interpol placed him on its most-wanted list.

Iraq has charged Tariq al-Hashemi with terrorism, accusing him of guiding and financing death squads that targeted government officials, security forces and Shiite pilgrims. Al-Hashemi, a Sunni, says the charges are false and motivated by the political enmity of the Shiite-led leadership in Baghdad.

Turkey’s deputy prime minister, Bekir Bozdag, said al-Hashemi is in Turkey for medical treatment and that Turkey had no plans to extradite him.

“I am not sure whether there will be a new evaluation in the period ahead,” Bozdag said. “But as the government, our position in this is very clear. We would not extradite someone to whom we’ve given support.”

The minister also noted that Turkey had not had enough cooperation from Iraq in its efforts to detain supporters of the Kurdish rebel group PKK, which carries out attacks inside Turkey from bases in northern Iraq.

Interpol said on its website that it has issued a so-called “red notice” for al-Hashemi, responding to a request from Baghdad. A red notice by Interpol seeks the arrest of a wanted person with a view to eventual extradition. The subjects of red notices are considered to be on the organization’s most-wanted list.

Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said the red notice for al-Hashemi “will significantly restrict his ability to travel and cross international borders.””

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Interpol to crack down on cyber crime

May 9, 2012

Houston Chronicle on May 8, 2012 released the following:

“DANIELLA CHESLOW, Associated Press

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Interpol said Tuesday it is making the war against cyber crime a main priority this year as online fraud crosses borders and increases in scope.

Khoo Boon Hui, president of the global police network, told a conference of 49 European member states that cyber crime is becoming more transnational. He pointed to a study published in March by the London Metropolitan University that found 80 percent of online crime is connected to cross-border organized gangs.

“Organized crime is now able to recruit members from countries without diplomatic ties to commit crimes overseas operating from temporary safe bases in third countries equipped with the latest technology,” he said.

Hui said Malaysian police last month arrested more than 200 cyber criminals from China and Taiwan who operated online scams through two syndicates under the instructions of a common Taiwanese boss.

By using temporary safe bases around the far East, the online scammers netted billions of dollars via soccer and gambling websites along with credit card and bank fraud schemes, he said. He said hackers even penetrated the Interpol website this year.

Hui said cyber crime costs Europe about 750 billion euros, or more than $977 billion, a year. Israel alone deals with more than 1,000 Web attacks a minute, he said.

To help train police worldwide in online law enforcement, Hui said Interpol will open a cyber crime and digital security complex in Singapore in 2014.

This week’s conference also addressed other issues including international terrorism, the drug trade, and human trafficking.”

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INTERPOL European conference builds on regional strength to combat global crimes

May 8, 2012

INTERPOL on May 8, 2012 released the following:

“TEL AVIV, Israel – Developing innovative solutions through building on past experience is key in identifying and addressing future crime threats, chiefs of police and ministers from throughout Europe heard on the opening day of INTERPOL’s 41st European Regional Conference in Tel Aviv.

With transnational issues including cybercrime, terrorism, organized crime, human trafficking, illegal immigration and trafficking in illicit goods high on the agenda of the three-day meeting (8 – 10 May), some 110 senior law enforcement officials from 49 countries and eight international organizations will discuss how to build on regional cooperation and expertise to boost global security.

The Commissioner of the Israeli Police, Inspector General Yohanan Danino, said INTERPOL provided a network of cooperation between the police forces of the world.

“Our language, our uniform and our badges may differ, but the message is the same, we are all committed to the same cause which is the essence of our work, which is to serve.

“This INTERPOL meeting which brings together senior European law enforcement officials will provide us with a stronger platform for our joint efforts in tackling crime and terrorism,” concluded Commissioner Danino.

Addressing the delegates, INTERPOL President Khoo Boon Hui said that learning from European expertise and experiences helps ensure that all INTERPOL member countries keep abreast of the latest trends and developments, particularly in combating cybercrime.

“Criminal gangs now find that transnational and cybercrime are far more rewarding and profitable than other riskier forms of making money,” said INTERPOL President Khoo Boon Hui.

“Globalization and the development of the virtual world offer new and fertile grounds for criminals to ply their illegal trade and commit crimes.

“Our ability to address both known and unknown threats effectively and efficiently serves to further cement our Organization’s position as the leader in securing global safety, and in shaping the security landscape,” concluded President Khoo.

With the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation due to open its doors in Singapore in 2014, delegates will be updated on the close cooperation with Europol which will soon launch the European Cybercrime Centre, and how the two organizations are liaising to ensure the widest possible support to law enforcement regionally and globally.”

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Interpol issues ‘red notice’ for fugitive Iraq VP

May 8, 2012

Boston.com on May 8, 2012 released the following:

“By Sameer N. Yacoub
Associated Press

BAGHDAD— Interpol has put Iraq’s fugitive Sunni vice president on its most-wanted list after issuing Tuesday a so-called “red notice” for Tariq al-Hashemi, who is currently in Turkey.

The Lyon, France-based organization said on its website the move came at the request of the government in Baghdad.

Iraq has charged al-Hashemi — one of the nation’s highest-ranking Sunni politicians — with terrorism, accusing him of guiding and financing death squads that targeted government officials, security forces and Shiite pilgrims.

Al-Hashemi is being tried in absentia in Baghdad. The Shiite-led government links him to about 150 bombings, assassinations and other attacks. It says the death squads were largely composed of the vice president’s bodyguards and other employees.

The trial was postponed last week as al-Hashemi’s lawyers appealed to have parliament create a special court to hear the case. The Sunni vice president has vowed not to return to face what he calls politically motivated charges.

A red notice by Interpol seeks the arrest or provisional arrest of a wanted person with a view to eventual extradition. The subjects of red notices are considered to be on the organization’s most-wanted list.

Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said the red notice for al-Hashemi “will significantly restrict his ability to travel and cross international borders.”

“It is a powerful tool that will help authorities around the world locate and arrest him,” Interpol’s website quoted Noble as saying.

Officials in Ankara could not immediately be reached for comment.

Many member countries consider a red notice to be a valid request for the arrest of a suspect, but Interpol cannot demand individual nations make an arrest. Turkey, which has provided sanctuary to al-Hashemi and is on tense terms with his opponents in the Iraqi government, has not responded so far to the Interpol notice.

Al-Hashemi is staying under the protection of Turkish security agents at a luxury apartment in Istanbul, Turkey’s NTV television said. A policeman with a machinegun guards the entrance of his apartment building, and several police cars were parked outside on Tuesday, according to NTV.

In an interview last week in Istanbul, al-Hashemi told The Associated Press that his trial was part of a political vendetta that has wider repercussions for Iraqi unity and sectarian tensions across the Middle East.

He also alleged that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, may have engineered the proceedings to snuff out domestic opposition in case he is threatened by a revolt in Iraq similar to that in neighboring Syria.

Al-Hashemi’s representatives maintain he left Iraq for diplomatic meetings with regional leaders, not to escape arrest.

Al-Maliki’s media adviser, Ali al-Moussawi, on Tuesday called on al-Hashemi to return to Iraq and face trial.

“After the issuing of this red notice, I think that the best choice for al-Hashemi now is to return to Iraq and stand a fair trial,” al-Moussawi told The AP over the phone.”

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INTERPOL agreement with CARICC to boost fight against terrorism and drug trafficking

April 30, 2012

INTERPOL on April 25, 2012 released the following:

“ALMATY, Kazakhstan – An agreement between INTERPOL and the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for combating illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors (CARICC) will provide an enhanced platform for international cooperation in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking.

Under the accord, CARICC will have direct access to INTERPOL’s police information system and global databases, enabling the organizations to exchange information on drug traffickers and members of terrorist organizations, and identify the proceeds of drug trafficking being used to fund terrorist activity.

“Today we witness one of the significant milestones of the cooperation between CARICC and the General Secretariat of INTERPOL, with the signing of the cooperation agreement.

“This agreement will enable the Centre to access and use INTERPOL’s police information system databases, thus boosting the capacities of CARICC Center,” said CARICC Director, Lieutenant General Beksultan Sarsekov who signed the agreement at the launch of the two-day (25-26 April) Terrorism and Drug Trafficking Interactivity operational working group meeting in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Head of INTERPOL’s Drugs and Criminal Organizations unit, Gianni Baldi said, “The signature of the agreement between INTERPOL and CARICC will strengthen and enhance the ongoing collaboration between our two organizations, and supports the INTERPOL General Assembly-endorsed resolutions which call for increased cooperation with regional police organizations.

“It will also provide another powerful tool to combat drug trafficking, supporting the efforts of INTERPOL member countries not only in the Central Asian region, but also for the global law enforcement community,” added Mr Baldi.

Held under the framework of INTERPOL’s Project Kalkan, the meeting brings together counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics officers from 16 countries, to discuss a range of issues including the coordination of operations and investigations to detect the criminal activities of terrorist organizations and transnational drug trafficking groups in South and Central Asia.

Launched in 2004, Project Kalkan is an INTERPOL counter-terrorism initiative focusing on Central and South Asia that is designed to populate INTERPOL’s databases with names and other information regarding terrorists and their networks in the region.

Countries participating in the working group are Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, France, Georgia, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, USA and Uzbekistan, as well as a delegation from the Anti-Terrorism Center of the Commonwealth of Independent States.”

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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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