Italy’s fight against mafia a blueprint against transnational organized crime, INTERPOL Chief tells Palermo meeting

June 11, 2012

INTERPOL on June 11, 2012 released the following:

“PALERMO, Italy ‒ INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has said that global efforts against transnational organized crime can learn from the effective international police cooperation and national resolve which underpin Italy’s on-going struggle against the mafia.

Speaking at the Third Experts Meeting (11-13 June) of the Digest of Organized Crime Cases project, Mr Noble said the initiative provided an important ‘toolbox’ which assisted countries in implementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, signed in Palermo in 2000, by providing them with key best practices in investigative and prosecutorial techniques, as well as in law enforcement cooperation.

With the meeting attended by Italian Senate President Renato Schifani, Italian Interior Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri, President of the Regional Assembly of Sicily Francesco Cascio, Prefect Antonio Manganelli, Chief of the Italian Police and Director General of Public Security of Italy, Director John Sandage of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and members of the Experts’ Group, Mr Noble paid tribute to judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, as well as to the eight Italian police officers and Giovanni Falcone’s wife, Francesca Morvillo, who were killed in Palermo bombings 20 years ago at the hands of the Cosa Nostra.

With tens of thousands of individuals holding public mandates ‒ ministers, members of parliament, police officers and judges ‒ but also journalists, writers, professors and countless ordinary citizens having found the courage to stand up against the Mafia, Mr Noble said: “By demonstrating that its institutions and people are standing as one in facing the Mafia, Italy is setting an example for the world against organized crime.”

Mr Noble recalled how Felicia Impastato dedicated her life to successfully bringing her son’s murderers to justice, as well as President Napolitano’s visit to Sicily this year to celebrate a State funeral for Placido Rizzotto, a trade union leader who was assassinated in 1948 by the Cosa Nostra but whose body was only recently identified.

The Head of INTERPOL said that besides institutions and individuals, international law enforcement and judicial cooperation was equally crucial in successfully combatting organized crime, and that this is precisely what INTERPOL strives to accomplish within the international law enforcement community.

Prefect Manganelli stressed the importance of cooperation between INTERPOL’s 190 member countries and said Italy’s cooperation with INTERPOL had been ‘especially close’ in the aftermath of the Italian judges’ assassinations.

“Today’s fight against organized crime means not just arresting criminals but also seizing their assets, and in this area INTERPOL’s global network has offered strong support to Italy. In 2011 alone, Italy confiscated properties, money and other assets belonging to the mafia worth some 9 billion Euros. In this respect Italy will be proud to see the Digest become an invaluable resource to the law enforcement community worldwide,” added Prefect Manganelli.

Mr Noble cited how recently, INTERPOL had contributed to the arrest of one of Italy’s most wanted criminals, Vito Roberto Palazzolo, who had been sentenced in Palermo to nine years in prison for external collusion with the Mafia. Palazzolo, who was the subject of an internationally-wanted persons INTERPOL Red Notice, was arrested in Bangkok on 30 March by Thai authorities with the support of INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigation Support unit and Italy’s State Police.

“I commend Prefect Manganelli for the leadership and dedication he has shown over the years in working with INTERPOL and countless other law enforcement bodies worldwide to fight transnational organized crime. Italy and the international law enforcement community are lucky to have such a talented and committed professional,” said the Head of INTERPOL.

The Digest of Organized Crime Cases project was launched in 2010 on the tenth anniversary of the Palermo Convention, under the leadership of Italy, of Colombia – whose determination against armed guerilla groups Mr Noble praised at the meeting – and UNODC, with the support of INTERPOL.”

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INTERPOL calls on public to help track international fugitives in global operation

June 11, 2012

INTERPOL on June 11, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – An INTERPOL operation targeting fugitives wanted for offences including murder, robbery, kidnapping and drug trafficking is calling for the public’s help in locating and bringing them to justice.

Operation Infra-Red (International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest – Red Notices) 2012 was launched by the world police body on 14 May, focusing on more than 500 fugitives wanted by 57 member countries and has already led to the arrest or location of internationally-wanted people worldwide.

It was within the framework of Operation Infra-Red that suspected killer, Luka Rocco Magnotta, was arrested in Germany just four days after INTERPOL issued a Red Notice for the 29-year-old at the request of Canadian authorities.

A number of Infra-Red 2012 targets wanted for a range of offences are now being specifically highlighted as part of the public appeal for assistance.

Stefano Carvelli, Head of INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit, which is coordinating Infra-Red, said the Magnotta case highlights the vital contribution that the public can make in helping police find criminals on the run.

“Often Infra-Red cases are those where all police leads have been exhausted and fresh information is needed to give the investigations new drive, which is why we are appealing to the public to assist us,” said Mr Carvelli.

“I would urge everyone to look closely at the photos of these individuals, think about people they have met either in the real world or via social networking sites, could they be one of these fugitives?

“Any information at all could prove crucial in identifying and bringing these people to justice, some of whom have been hiding for years,” added Mr Carvelli.

Since the initial Infra-Red in 2010 similar operations, Infra-SA (South America) and Infra-SEA (South East Asia) have been coordinated by INTERPOL, resulting in arrests around the globe, including most recently that of Stanislav Molodyakov, wanted by Russian authorities in connection with child sex crime offences who was taken into custody by Cambodian police on Monday 4 June.

The initial phase of operation Infra-Red 2012 saw investigators from 28 of the participating countries and Europol gather at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France to directly share information on suspects.

Details of the wanted persons, their suspected locations and any other potentially identifying information was collated and analysed, before being sent to involved countries through INTERPOL’s global network of 190 National Central Bureaus for action.

Information on the whereabouts of the targets of Operation Infra-Red 2012 or any internationally-wanted persons can be sent to INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit. Information can also be given anonymously to any national Crime Stoppers programme, or via www.csiworld.org”

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INTERPOL welcomes landmark conviction of Charles Taylor for aiding and abetting war crimes

April 30, 2012

INTERPOL on April 26, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – The conviction of former Liberian President Charles Taylor for offences including aiding and abetting war crimes, crimes against humanity, rape and murder by the Special Court for Sierra Leone has been praised as a ‘landmark’ decision by INTERPOL.

The world police body, which had issued a Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, for Taylor at the request of the UN-backed war crimes tribunal welcomed the historic ruling, marking the end of the trial which began in 2007, as a milestone for justice.

“Charles Taylor’s conviction clearly demonstrates the commitment and resolve of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and INTERPOL will continue to work closely with all international tribunals to identify, locate and bring to justice those individuals accused of war crimes,” said Stefano Carvelli, head of INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit.

Since the issue of the Red Notice in December 2003, INTERPOL’s FIS unit has been liaising with the Special Court for Sierra Leone, particularly in 2006 after Taylor’s escape from custody in Nigeria just days before he was due to be handed over to the court.

Officers from FIS have also worked closely with the National Central Bureaus in Sierra Leone, Liberia and other involved member countries and in 2009, a Red Notice was issued for Benjamin Yeaten, the former Director of the Special Security Service under Charles Taylor, who is wanted by Liberian authorities for murder.”

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Albanian ‘most wanted’ and INTERPOL target arrested in UK

April 13, 2012
Ndricim Sadushi
Ndricim Sadushi

INTERPOL on April 13, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – The arrest in the UK of Ndricim Sadushi, one of Albania’s most wanted and a target of a global INTERPOL fugitive operation has been welcomed by the world police body.

The 41-year-old Albanian national, who is suspected of a range of offences including three murders, one attempted murder, kidnapping and firearms offences during his membership of a gang in the 1990s, was taken into custody in London on 10 April.

Sadushi, who was a target of INTERPOL’s Operation Infra-Red (International Fugitive Round-UP and Arrest – Red Notices) in 2010, was also wanted by Italian authorities for drugs and prostitution related offences.

Information sharing between the National Central Bureaus in Tirana, Rome and London, supported by the Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France lead to the identification, location and arrest of Sadushi.

INTERPOL’s Operation Infra-Red, launched in July 2010, targeted nearly 450 international fugitives convicted or suspected of committing serious offences including murder, rape, child abuse, kidnapping and drug trafficking has now led to the arrest or location of nearly 200 individuals worldwide.”

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INTERPOL issues Red Notices for former Libyan Minister of Interior and Deputy

April 10, 2012
Al-Senussi Alozyre
Al-Senussi Alozyre

INTERPOL on April 5, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – At the request of Libya, INTERPOL has issued Red Notices for the former Libyan Minister of Interior, Al-Senussi Alozyre and for Naser Al-Mabrouk who served as his Deputy, who are both accused of a range of offences including carrying out illegal arrests, unjustified deprivation of personal liberty and torture.

Details of the two suspects have been circulated to all 190 INTERPOL member countries and INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit is now liaising closely with National Central Bureaus (NCBs) in North and Western Africa to ensure that border control points are alerted to their wanted status.

Head of INTERPOL’s FIS unit, Stefano Carvelli said Libya’s request for the Red Notices was further evidence of the country’s ongoing commitment to the rule of law.

Naser Al-Mabrouk
Naser Al-Mabrouk

“Through issuing Red Notices, INTERPOL continues to support Libya in their efforts to target and arrest those individuals who have committed serious crimes and in ensuring that they are brought to justice to face the charges against them,” said Mr Carvelli.

INTERPOL’s FIS unit, supported by officers from the Middle East and North Africa sub-directorate and the 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre, is working with NCB Tripoli and other potentially involved countries in order to locate and arrest the two fugitives.

Since March 2011, through the publication of Orange Notice global alerts against a number of Libyan nationals, including members of Colonel Gaddafi’s family and close associates, INTERPOL has been warning member states of the danger posed by the movement of these individuals and their assets following the sanctions established by United Nations Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973 (2011).”

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INTERPOL praises capture of mafia boss in Thailand

April 4, 2012

INTERPOL on April 1, 2012 released the following:

“Convicted Italian fugitive was subject of INTERPOL Red Notice requested by Italy

LYON, France – The detention in Bangkok of a man wanted in Italy for mafia-related criminal conspiracy and the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for internationally-wanted persons has been praised by INTERPOL Chief Ronald K. Noble as an example of effective international police cooperation.

Vito Roberto Palazzolo, aged 64, was stopped by the Royal Thai police on Friday 30 March at Bangkok airport. He was sentenced by a court in Italy in 2009 to nine years in jail for criminal association as a prominent member of the Cosa Nostra Sicilian mafia for whom he had been accused of laundering money from the proceeds of drug trafficking and cigarette smuggling, and for closely associating with the undisputed leaders of the criminal organization.

The convicted mafia fugitive was taken into custody at Bangkok airport by officers from Thailand’s Bureau of Immigration, working in collaboration with INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Bangkok, as well as with the Foreign Affairs and Tourist Police divisions of the Royal Thai Police, with the assistance of INTERPOL’s liaison office in Bangkok.

INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon has been closely coordinating with INTERPOL’s NCB in Rome and its liaison office in Bangkok, in collaboration with Italian police services and case Prosecutor, as part of initiatives to locate Palazzolo in the Asian region where a previous travel entry by the fugitive was recently detected.

Secretary General Noble praised the authorities in Italy and Thailand for their continued commitment to cross-border law enforcement, which he said was exemplified by Palazzolo’s arrest.

“The capture of this convicted mafia fugitive highlights the very real and valuable results which can be achieved by INTERPOL member countries working together, especially when supported by INTERPOL global policing tools such as Red Notices,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Palazzolo’s arrest will I am sure encourage all INTERPOL member countries to renew their commitment to transnational police cooperation through the INTERPOL community, so that justice can run its course,” concluded Mr Noble.

A Red Notice represents one of INTERPOL’s most powerful tools in tracking international fugitives. Containing identification details and judicial information about a wanted person, a Red Notice seeks the location, the apprehension and the provisional arrest of a wanted person, and is circulated to police in all of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries.”

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INTERPOL Red Notice issued for Gaddafi’s former spy chief Al-Senussi at Libya’s request

March 19, 2012

INTERPOL on March 18, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – At Libya’s request, INTERPOL has issued a Red Notice for Colonel Gaddafi’s former director of military intelligence, Abdullah Al-Senussi for fraud offences including embezzling public funds and misuse of power for personal benefit.

The international wanted persons alert for the 62-year-old has been circulated to all 190 INTERPOL member countries and is in addition to the Red Notice issued at the request of the International Criminal Court for Al-Senussi in September 2011 for crimes against humanity.

Following the issue of the ICC Red Notice for Al-Senussi, INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit had liaised closely with North and West African countries in order to ensure that border control points were alerted to his wanted status.

Libya’s request for a Red Notice, which comes just days after their Minister of the Interior Fawzi Altaher Abdulaali addressed INTERPOL’s Heads of National Central Bureaus conference, was welcomed by INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“INTERPOL has committed itself to supporting Libya’s efforts to achieve its goal of rebuilding their country and being guided by the rule of law, and clearly their request for an INTERPOL Red Notice for Al-Senussi is a clear demonstration of their commitment to international police cooperation and justice,” said Mr Noble.

“Targeting and arresting those involved in embezzling funds and making them accountable for their actions before the courts will help Libya achieve its goal,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

INTERPOL’s FIS unit, officers from the Middle East and North Africa sub-directorate and the 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre at the General Secretariat headquarters are continuing to liaise closely with the ICC and all involved National Central Bureaus including Nouakchott where Al-Senussi was reportedly arrested.

Since March 2011, through the publication of Orange Notice global alerts against a number of Libyan nationals, including members of Colonel Gaddafi’s family and close associates, INTERPOL has been warning member states of the danger posed by the movement of these individuals and their assets following the sanctions established by United Nations Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973 (2011).”

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