“Pope receives global law enforcement leaders: Commends INTERPOL efforts in combating crime”

November 9, 2012

INTERPOL on November 9, 2012 released the following:

“VATICAN CITY – The Vatican City State has welcomed police officials from across the world with Pope Benedict XVI receiving delegates and INTERPOL officials who attended the Organization’s 81st General Assembly in Rome.

Pope Benedict received the visitors at a special audience in his capacity as the head of state of one the world’s smallest independent nations.

The secular visit also included interior and justice ministers from some of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries who had earlier in the week approved a joint declaration recognizing the need to identify viable strategies to effectively address the changing modes of contemporary criminal violence through greater shared intelligence and increased use of international police tools and services.

Addressing the delegates, Pope Benedict said violence of any kind was unacceptable and commended the work of law enforcement officers around the world.

“In this regard, the function of INTERPOL, which we may define as a bastion of international security, enjoys an important place in the realization of the common good, because a just society needs order and a respect for the rule of law to achieve a peaceful and tranquil coexistence in society.”

The Pope said that ‘the Holy See encourages all those working to combat this scourge of violence and crime at a time when our world is increasingly becoming a global village.’

“Thus it is necessary to safeguard individuals and communities by a constant renewed determination and by adequate means,” added Pope Benedict.

Speaking on behalf of the world police body’s 190 member countries, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said: “Members of the INTERPOL family may speak different languages, wear different uniforms and be of different faiths or colours but we remain firmly bound together by our shared commitment to respect and protect the dignity of persons, their fundamental rights, and the rule of law.

“Police take great pride in their work because they know they are making a difference: the difference between security and danger, between order and chaos, between hope and despair, between health and happiness and pain and suffering,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

INTERPOL’s 81st General Assembly (5 – 8 November), which was launched with a Ministerial meeting, was attended by more than 1,000 delegates from 171 member countries and addressed the challenges faced by the police in tackling contemporary criminal violence.

The Vatican City State became INTERPOL’s 187th member country in October 2008 at the 77th General Assembly in St Petersburg, Russia.”

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INTERPOL Red Notice for Julian Assange remains in force

August 26, 2012

INTERPOL on August 16, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – INTERPOL confirms that its Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, issued for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at Sweden’s request in November 2010 remains valid.

Confirmation that Mr Assange’s Red Notice status remains in force follows Thursday’s decision by authorities in Ecuador to grant asylum to Mr Assange, two months after he took refuge in its London embassy while fighting extradition from the UK to Sweden where authorities want to question him in connection with alleged sexual offences.

A Red Notice status is a request for any country to identify or locate an individual with a view to their provisional arrest and extradition in accordance with the country’s national laws.

Many of INTERPOL’s member countries consider a Red Notice a valid request for provisional arrest, especially if they are linked to the requesting country via a bilateral extradition treaty. In cases where arrests are made based on a Red Notice, these are made by national police officials in INTERPOL member countries.

INTERPOL cannot compel any of its 190 member countries to arrest the subject of a Red Notice. Any individual wanted for arrest should be considered innocent until proven guilty.”

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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 implements new rules on processing of police information

July 9, 2012

INTERPOL on July 3, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – New rules governing the processing of data by INTERPOL to enhance the speed, quality and effectiveness of information exchange between INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters and its 190 member countries have come into force.

The provisions, which incorporate the latest technical innovations, determine the conditions for the sharing and processing of information whilst respecting an individual’s fundamental human rights, as outlined in Article 2 of INTERPOL’s Constitution.

Unanimously adopted by the INTERPOL General Assembly in November 2011 in Vietnam, the new INTERPOL’s Rules on the Processing of Data, which came into effect on 1 July 2012, apply to any and all information circulated via INTERPOL channels.

“These new rules provide additional guarantees and transparency in relation to the recording and accessing of information in INTERPOL’s databases,” said Joël Sollier, INTERPOL’s General Counsel.

“The unanimous acceptance by the General Assembly of these new rules also demonstrates the commitment of each of our member countries to ensure the efficiency and quality of international police cooperation via INTERPOL.

“With the protection of personal data becoming increasingly important in the day-to-day lives of individuals, INTERPOL’s new regulations provide a benchmark for international standards for information exchange,” concluded Mr Sollier.

INTERPOL was among the first international organizations to recognize the importance of implementing strong data protection measures with the adoption of a resolution in 1982, just one year after the Council of Europe implemented Convention 108 for the protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data.

The new regulations for INTERPOL’s processing of data will also provide the organization with a strong legal basis for the continued upgrading and enhancement of its tools to strengthen police cooperation globally.”

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INTERPOL commends international police cooperation resulting in swift arrest of suspected Canadian killer

June 5, 2012

INTERPOL on June 4, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France ‒ The arrest in Germany of Luka Rocco Magnotta, a Canadian national suspected of murder and the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for internationally-wanted persons, highlights the essential role of international police cooperation and sharing intelligence in fugitive investigations, a senior INTERPOL official has said.

At the request of Canadian authorities, on 31 May INTERPOL issued a Red Notice for 29-year-old Magnotta, wanted for arrest in the killing of a man and posting his body parts to various locations around Canada. German authorities confirmed that Magnotta was taken into custody by police in Berlin today, Monday 4 June.

INTERPOL’S 24/7 Command and Coordination Centre circulated the Red Notice in all four of its official languages, Arabic, English, French and Spanish, to each of its 190 member countries after it was believed Magnotta, who is also known as Eric Clinton Newman or Vladimir Romanov, had fled Canada for France.

Thereafter, INTERPOL Canada and the relevant INTERPOL National Central Bureaus began sharing intelligence on Magnotta’s whereabouts. In light of the dangerous nature of the suspected murderer, all information on the case was treated as a priority by INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigation Support unit and its Command and Coordination Centre at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France.

Throughout the case, INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters remained in constant touch with the relevant National Central Bureaus worldwide and specialist fugitive investigation units to ensure a seamless flow of intelligence in following up potential leads provided by both law enforcement and the public.

“Magnotta’s arrest demonstrates the benefits of INTERPOL’s worldwide network of National Central Bureaus sharing information on dangerous fugitives believed to have fled abroad. Police know that the best way to catch fugitives anywhere in the world is to use INTERPOL’s tools and services,” said the Head of INTERPOL’s Fugitives unit, Stefano Carvelli.

“INTERPOL congratulates all of the authorities and its National Central Bureaus in Canada, France, Germany and elsewhere for their collaborative efforts which led to the rapid arrest of this wanted individual,” added Mr Carvelli.

INTERPOL Red Notices serve to 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.”

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INTERPOL issues Red Notice for suspected Canadian killer

June 5, 2012

INTERPOL on May 31, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – At the request of Canadian authorities INTERPOL has today issued a Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, for Luka Rocco Magnotta who is suspected of killing a man and posting body parts to various locations around Canada.

29-year-old Magnotta, who is also known as Eric Clinton Newman or Vladimir Romanov, is believed to have fled the country and INTERPOL has circulated the Red Notice in all four official languages, Arabic, English, French and Spanish to its 190 member countries.

INTERPOL Red Notices serve to 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.

Further enquiries relating to the investigation should be directed to the Canadian authorities.”

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INTERPOL launches StudentZone – a new educational website

May 29, 2012

INTERPOL on May 29, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – What is a Red Notice? What types of databases are run by the world’s largest police organization? What is ‘the Case of the Black Tattoo’? All these questions and more are answered with the launch of StudentZone, INTERPOL’s new educational website.

Aimed at teenagers, the new site is also an educational resource for teachers and parents providing information about INTERPOL, its role and how it works with police in each of its 190 member countries in preventing and detecting international crime.

A core part of the new website is ‘INTERPOL Junior Officer – the Case of the Black Tattoo,’ a game where players take on the role of an INTERPOL officer travelling to locations worldwide, gathering clues to assist local police in tracking down an international gang involved in smuggling.

Through a series of mini-challenges, the player learns about various crime areas as well as INTERPOL’s different areas of expertise. Players must complete a range of tasks to close the case, and have the option of posting their score to compare rankings with other players via social networks.

INTERPOL’s Director of Cabinet, Roraima Andriani, who oversaw the project, said, “Every day, INTERPOL works with police around the world to fight all types of crime, and we have seen the increasing dangers posed to the public, and especially young people, through crimes committed via the Internet.

“However, it is important to remember that the Internet is simply a reflection of society and just as we consider school essential for children in the real world, education has an important role to play via the world wide web,” said Mrs Andriani.

“INTERPOL’s new educational website enables us to share the knowledge and expertise we have developed with our member countries to help children become better informed on how to protect themselves.

“StudentZone brings together two key areas of society, the police and young people. It supports students’ understanding of the world they are growing up in, and gives them an opportunity to develop a greater understanding about INTERPOL and law enforcement in an informative and entertaining way,” concluded Mrs Andriani.

Students in Lyon were the first to test the new website and game when INTERPOL’s Secretary General, Ronald K. Noble, visited the Cité Scolaire Internationale, where he met with a group of 15-17 year-olds.

Mr Noble led a discussion about the impact of different crimes and how they can be linked internationally, before the students played the game to see who could complete the challenges in the fastest time to try and attain the rank of Senior Officer.

“I was very impressed by the level of debate with the students, who demonstrated not only critical thought in relation to the questions, but also a genuine interest in the work done by INTERPOL and the implications of international crime,” said Secretary General Noble.

The students were awarded a certificate by Mr Noble and Mr Roland Debbasch, the Rhone region’s top-ranking education official, who together with the Rhone’s Academic Director, Jean-Louis Baglan, visited the school to support the INTERPOL initiative.

INTERPOL is currently translating the game into French, Spanish and Arabic. To play the game and test your investigative skills, visit:  http://www.interpol.int/studentzone”

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Southeast Europe Police Chiefs contribution to regional and global security praised by INTERPOL Chief

April 25, 2012

INTERPOL on April 24, 2012 released the following:

“BUDVA, Montenegro – Addressing the Southeast Europe Police Chiefs INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said that their example of dedication and resolve to work together was an example of what can be achieved in combating regional transnational crime.

Speaking at the joint International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)/Southeast Europe Police Chiefs Association (SEPCA) Cyber Crime Conference and SEPCA General Assembly, the head of the world police body pointed to the expansion of access to INTERPOL’s databases beyond the National Central Bureaus (NCBs) in all nine SEPCA member countries as the model for other regions of the world.

Law enforcement officers in key locations across Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia can now carry out instant checks against INTERPOL’s databases.

In 2011, countries in the SEPCA region performed 50 million checks against INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database, triggering more than 3,000 alarms for people attempting to travel on a fraudulent document. A further 22 million checks on individuals were carried out, enabling officers to obtain critical policing information on nearly 25,000 persons known to law enforcement around the world.

Secretary General Noble said that the joint conference with IACP on cybercrime also clearly demonstrated the region’s recognition of the need to tackle crime in the virtual world is well as ensuring effective policing on the ground.

“Cybercrime is the challenge of tomorrow and one which will force us to reinvent the traditional business model of police as the expertise necessary to combat this type of crime will reside more in the private sector,” said Mr Noble, adding that INTERPOL was already putting measures in place to help its 190 member countries address this threat.

“The INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, which will open its doors in Singapore in 2014, will include an ‘innovation, research and digital security’ unit which will work with INTERPOL’s 190 member countries and the private sector to develop innovative solutions to tackle cybercrime.

“The commitment and vision of the police chiefs in Southeast Europe will ensure that SEPCA will be among the key players in contributing to the global security of tomorrow,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

During his meeting with Prime Minister Igor Lukšić, Secretary General Noble commended Montenegro’s NCB in Podgorica for having implemented so many of INTERPOL’s tools and services that help to keep Montenegrins and visitors safe.

Mr Noble also agreed that Montenegro would become the second country in the world where INTERPOL would deploy a special support team during the summer tourist season when the population in Budva grows from 20,000 to 100,000 persons in order to ensure that Montenegrin police have quick access to information about foreign tourists should the need arise.

“Montenegro has proved time and time again that it is committed to close international police cooperation via INTERPOL which enhances both security and the continued development of its country,” concluded Secretary General Noble.”

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Fighting to Keep World Sports a Fair Game

April 24, 2012

The New York Times on April 24, 2012 released the following:

“By ROB HUGHES

LYON — In ancient Greek mythology, Hercules had to slay the multiheaded serpent-like Hydra, guardian of the underworld, although each time a head was cut off, two others would grow in its place.

In modern sports, it can seem that the authorities face a similar and equally herculean task in the global fight against illegal sports betting and match-fixing.

Michel Platini, the head of UEFA, the governing body of European soccer, which runs the richest sports club tournament in the world, the Champions League, has called illegal betting the greatest danger to the game, “the one that can kill football.”

Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, goes even further.

“Sport is in danger,” Rogge said. “It’s not about the Olympics, it’s not about the Games, it’s about sport in general. Illegal betting in sport generates a turnover of around $140 billion a year, and it is inevitable that the Games will be sullied.”

According to the World Lottery Association, an organization of state-authorized lotteries, €90 billion, nearly $120 billion, is spent each year in legitimate wagers on soccer games. The same group estimates that another €90 billion is spent in illegitimate soccer betting. But Interpol, the international police organization, estimates have put the figure much higher.

While the problem of match-fixing in soccer has existed for decades, it appears to have intensified in recent years, aided by the Internet. Concerned by this apparent surge, international soccer authorities and law enforcement officials joined forces last year in their struggle to combat rampant match-fixing by what they describe as sprawling networks of organized crime based in Singapore, Malaysia and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, pledged $20 million in May 2011 to create a unit within Interpol in Singapore dedicated to rooting out match-fixing in Asia.

Noboru Nakatani, until recently the special adviser to the head of Japan’s National Police Agency, is moving to Singapore this month to oversee the research and development facility.

The unit aims to develop a program for officials, players and administrators that warns against match-fixing and alerts them to how it dishonors the game and might ruin their careers.

Ronald K. Noble, secretary general of Interpol, has said that gambling on sports “might seem as harmless as placing a small bet on your favorite team.”

But these operations, he notes, are often controlled by “organized criminals who frequently engage in loan sharking and use intimidation and violence to collect debts.” He added, “If that doesn’t work, they force their desperate, indebted victims into drug smuggling and into prostitution.”

Rogge has suggested that athletes must be educated about corruption, and that education is needed worldwide to instill knowledge about how and where to prevent the betting and fixing cases that have become prevalent in a number of sports, including soccer, cricket, and even sumo wrestling.

Education is the task that Fred Lord, who spent 10 years on undercover missions to crack covert police corruption in his native Australia, is undertaking at Interpol. His department, the Interpol Integrity in Sports program, is headed by Michaela Ragg, a former German federal police officer, and advises sports bodies on how to spot criminality before it festers and grows.

“I’m not a soccer expert,” Lord said. “My skills were in undercover policing. Policemen aren’t out there looking for match-fixers, they’re looking for terrorists or organized criminals.”

Because behind the so-called sporting corruption, Lord suggests, the authorities often find crime syndicates using sports for anything from money laundering to entrapment.

A key player in the fight against corruption in sports, Interpol, which is based in Lyon, in southern France, does not actually make arrests itself. It acts as a liaison between the law-enforcement agencies of its 190 member countries, providing communications and database assistance. Its data include 140,000 fingerprints, 110,000 DNA samples, 170,000 wanted criminals, and records of 32 million missing passports or ID cards.

But Noble, the Interpol secretary general since 2000, can send advisers to potential trouble spots at the request of member countries, as he did with 60 officers dispatched to assist South African border police in preventing known criminals from entering the country during the 2010 soccer World Cup.

Similarly, while London will police the Olympic Games this summer with the assistance of the British government and Metropolitan Police and the military, Interpol will deploy a team of specialists to help to check the passport details of everyone entering the country through the period of the Games.

Interpol has had some successes against international betting rings, as have other police forces. In recent years, operations involving the police in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macao, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam broke up major rings.

In South Korea last month, prosecutors said 16 professional volleyball players and two baseball players had been indicted in connection with match-fixing schemes.

In Italy, officials have made a number of arrests in recent months in connection with an ongoing investigation into match-fixing and illegal betting on soccer games. Several players have been among those arrested.

Although this investigation has for now not indicated links to Asian syndicates, the reach and resistance of the Hydra-like criminal networks is extensive and difficult to defeat.

A 2008 double murder in Newcastle, England, is a case in point. A young man and young woman, former university students from China, were murdered. The throat of Zhen Xing Yang was cut; the skull of his girlfriend, Xi Zhou, was smashed in three places. Before he died, investigators said, Yang was tortured.

The convicted murderer, an illegal immigrant from China named Guang Hui Cao, refused to give a motive for his crime. But detectives unearthed evidence that the victims were both involved with an Asian gambling ring that was relying on advance tips to bet on English soccer matches.

The two victims had apparently been recruiters acting for a Chinese syndicate that bet heavily on minor-league soccer games in the north of England. By exploiting a time lapse of one or two minutes between the play and the satellite broadcast in Asia, the police testified, the syndicate could place a winning bet on the next goal, throw-in, corner or free kick before they appeared to happen.

The culprit was arrested and sentenced to more than 30 years in prison. British detectives found no evidence linking him to soccer betting, but they did uncover plenty to implicate the victims. They have since said that, for want of resources, they have had to close the case.

Detectives had visited China but ran up against a wall of silence. The murderer maintains his silence behind bars, and some residents of Newcastle maintain theirs, too. Journalists and investigators of corruption in sports in general have often encountered a similar silence, even from informants hired to advise sports at the highest levels.”

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INTERPOL global alert issued for escaped convicted murderer from Bolivia

April 12, 2012

INTERPOL on April 7, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – An international security alert, or Orange Notice has been issued by INTERPOL at the request of Bolivia following the escape from prison of a convicted murderer who is considered extremely dangerous.

Jaime Cardena Pardo broke out from San Roque prison in Sucre on March 30 and immediately upon receipt of the fugitive’s details from the National Central Bureau in La Paz, the INTERPOL’s Command and Coordination Centre at the General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France issued the alert to all 190 member countries.

The Orange Notice, containing Cardena Pardo’s photograph, has been circulated worldwide to assist law enforcement officers identify, locate and arrest the fugitive.

A resolution underlining the need for member countries to alert the General Secretariat to prison escapes of suspected terrorists and other dangerous criminals was adopted at the INTERPOL General Assembly in 2006.”

INTERPOL Orange Notice – Jaime Cardena Pardo

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