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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Human trafficker and prostitution ringleader subject of INTERPOL Red Notice sentenced to 30 years

February 29, 2012

INTERPOL on February 21, 2012 released the following:

“Romanian national Ioan Clamparu, one of the targets of INTERPOL’s Operation Infra-Red, wanted for a range of offences including human trafficking and procuring for prostitution, has been sentenced by a Madrid court to 30 years in prison.

The 42-year-old was arrested in Spain in October 2011 following close collaboration between INTERPOL’s National Central Bureaus in Romania and Spain and INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit at the General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France. He had been on the run for eight years from his native Romania, where he had been sentenced to 13 years for people and drugs trafficking.

Clamparu, accused of heading a human trafficking network which is believed to have resulted in more than 100 Romanian women being forced into prostitution in Spain, was one of 450 international fugitives targeted during INTERPOL’s Operation Infra-Red in July 2010.”

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Austrian security chief’s visit to INTERPOL underlines country’s international security role

January 12, 2012

INTERPOL on January 12, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France ‒ Austria’s Director General for Public Security, Herbert Anderl, today met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters to discuss security measures aimed at enhancing international cooperation against transnational crime.

The visit by Mr Anderl underlined the close relationship between Austria and INTERPOL, and provided an opportunity for reviewing a range of key security issues such as cross-border organized crime, financial crime and cooperation in identifying and locating international fugitives. INTERPOL’s global security initiatives and the provision of its global tools and services to its 190 member countries also topped the agenda.

“Austria’s public security authorities see international police collaboration with INTERPOL as a priority. They fully recognize INTERPOL’s vital role in tackling international crime in all its forms, through the effective cooperation of police forces around the world,” said Austria’s Director General for Public Security, Herbert Anderl.

During his meeting with Mr Anderl, the head of INTERPOL hailed Austria’s ‘‘crucial role” in the recent conviction in a US court of an Afghan national wanted internationally for a series of rapes after a DNA match made by INTERPOL led to the suspect’s arrest in Salzburg, Austria in 2010.

Ali Achekzai, aged 33, who fled to Austria from the US after he was accused of rape in 2004, was convicted by a court in California last month of sexually assaulting two women and attempting to sexually assault a third. He was extradited to the US from Austria in 2010 after US detectives sent a DNA profile linked to the US attacks to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon in December 2009. INTERPOL’s global DNA database matched the profile with another one submitted by Austria as part of an investigation into a rape in Salzburg in April 2009.

“The decision by Austria to share information on its own crime case with the international police community, and the coordination between INTERPOL’s National Central Bureaus in Vienna, Washington and its DNA unit in Lyon, were crucial to this case,” said Mr Noble.

In 2005, Austria became the first country to adopt the charter governing the automated use of and access to the database of DNA profiles at the INTERPOL General Secretariat. INTERPOL’s DNA database – the only global database of its kind – was created in 2003 and currently contains approximately more than 120,000 profiles submitted by 61 member countries resulting in 364 international matches flagged to the affected countries.

The head of INTERPOL further outlined how Austria’s involvement in key INTERPOL initiatives such as Project Pink Panthers, coordinating the worldwide campaign against an international gang of jewel thieves, or Project Millennium, involving 42 countries to target transnational Eurasian organized crime by sharing and contributing intelligence to INTERPOL’s databases, further demonstrated its commitment to international law enforcement cooperation.

“Austria has consistently demonstrated its support for international police cooperation to deliver results on the ground. It understands that the transnational crime threats which are faced by every country cannot be dealt with in isolation,” added Secretary General Noble.

A review of progress on the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation due to open in Singapore in early 2014, and its role against high-tech and cyber-crime, also topped the agenda during Mr Anderl’s visit, which also included the Deputy Director of Austria’s Criminal Intelligence Service, Andrea Raninger, the Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Vienna, Thomas Herko, and the Head of Austria’s Unit for Bilateral and Multilateral Affairs, Günther Sablattnig.”

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