Belgian police chief visit to INTERPOL looks to expand cooperation

October 24, 2012

INTERPOL on October 23, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – Identifying further areas of cooperation in which INTERPOL’s global tools and international law enforcement network can further support national and regional security was the focus of a visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters today by Catherine De Bolle, Commissioner General of the Belgian Federal Police.

In meetings with Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and other senior INTERPOL officials, where a range of activities in which Belgium and INTERPOL work closely together was discussed, Commissioner De Bolle highlighted how cases in the areas of drug and vehicle trafficking, maritime piracy and violent crimes demonstrated the value of INTERPOL’s products and services to police in the field.

“I am strongly committed to enhancing information exchange through INTERPOL’s channels and the use of its global databases by the Belgian police forces,” said Belgium’s Federal Police Chief.

“Since crime does not stop at our borders, nor should the response to it. In this respect, the Belgian Federal Police supports efforts by INTERPOL to strengthen professional international police cooperation, including the establishment of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore and the development of the West African Police Information System,” added Commissioner De Bolle.

The West African Police Information System (WAPIS), developed by INTERPOL is an EU-funded project initiated during Belgium’s presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2010. The project allows West African police to access and manage in a structured way police data related to organized crime by facilitating the collection, centralization, management, sharing and analysis of police information among countries belonging to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Welcoming the visit to the world police body by Belgium’s Federal Police Commissioner as an opportunity to identify areas where Belgium and INTERPOL can collaborate ‘even more closely’, INTERPOL Secretary General Noble said: “During its long relationship with INTERPOL, the Belgian Federal Police has demonstrated its leadership in the area of international law enforcement cooperation and it is an essential partner to INTERPOL’s vision for a safer world.”

In this respect, the Head of INTERPOL recalled the ‘exemplary collaborative actions’ taken by Belgium’s Federal Police in the case of a Somali man suspected of maritime piracy who was extradited from the Seychelles to Belgium in May 2012 after a cross-check of his fingerprints against INTERPOL’s databases in March 2011 linked the suspect with the hijack of Belgian vessel MV Pompei in waters off the Seychelles in April 2009.

Immediately after the release of the hijacked vessel in June 2009, Belgian Federal Police conducted an extensive forensic crime scene investigation of the vessel and its results were added to INTERPOL’s maritime piracy and fingerprints databases.

Later, in March 2011, following the arrest of six Somali nationals in waters off the Seychelles, its police provided INTERPOL with the fingerprints of the individuals to be cross-checked with INTERPOL’s databases. The check revealed that the prints of one of the apprehended individuals matched latent marks seized by Belgian Federal Police on the hijacked Belgian vessel.

“A global collaborative approach to security involving countries sharing intelligence, connecting the dots and maximizing the use of INTERPOL’s global police tools is today key to effectively protecting citizens across regions and worldwide,” concluded Secretary General Noble.

Commissioner De Bolle was accompanied by Dirk Allaerts, Head of Cabinet, Peter De Buysscher, Director of International Police Cooperation, Michel Croquet, Director of Police Information Management and Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Brussels, and Alain Barbier, Assistant Director in Brussels at the office of the Special Representative of INTERPOL to the European Union.”

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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 targets 55 suspects using social network sites for child sex abuse images

May 23, 2012

CNN on May 22, 2012 released the following:

“By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) — An Interpol investigation into social networking groups exchanging child abuse material has targeted 55 key suspects in 20 countries, including the United States, and 12 children have been identified and removed from harm, the agency said Tuesday.

An unspecified number of the suspects have been arrested, said Interpol, the world’s largest international police organization.

The international operation, which targeted child sexual abusers trading online images, identified suspects in 19 other countries: Australia, Bosnia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, The Netherlands, Tunisia, Turkey, and Venezuela, Interpol said.

The covert online investigation began in October 2010 in New Zealand, where authorities alerted Interpol’s crimes against children team after discovering Facebook, Socialgo and grou.ps were being used to exchange significant amounts of “abusive and exploitative pictures,” Interpol said in a statement.

Working with U.S. authorities, the Interpol inquiry found about 80 groups “engaged in the display or distribution of previously seen and unseen child sexual abuse images,” Interpol said.

Facebook officials assisted the investigation after authorities identified key targets and their associated groups, Interpol said.

Maarten Quivooy, general manager of New Zealand’s Regulatory Compliance Operations, said the Internet destroys jurisdictional boundaries and that protecting children is now a global responsibility.

“Trading in or viewing these images is … offending because it involves real children often being abused both in real time and over time, and when these images of children being sexually abused are released onto the Internet, they live on forever,” Quivooy said in a statement.

“Terms such as kiddiporn and child pornography make the physical sexual abuse of a child appear consenting. No child is capable of consenting to sexual activity — therefore all sexual depiction of children is abuse,” he said.

Mick Moran, the head of Interpol’s crimes against children unit, said the operation highlighted international cooperation.

“While disrupting these networks is a significant part of the investigation, what is more important is that innocent children and in some cases babies have been rescued from physical abuse,” Moran said in a statement.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton said his agency will “work tirelessly with our international law enforcement partners to protect children wherever they live and to bring justice to criminals wherever they operate.”

The 55 suspects allegedly created groups that posted images of children under age 13 being abused, Interpol said.”

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PNP to aid INTERPOL in tracking, hunting down foreign fugitives hiding in PHL

March 20, 2012

Zambo Times on March 20, 2012 released the following:

“MANILA — Philippine National Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome announced Monday the command will assist the International Police (INTERPOL) in tracking and arresting six to eight fugitives in the Philippines.

He added some of the suspects have pending child abuse cases.

Bartolome added the INTERPOL has given him a list of the suspects or fugitives they believed are hiding in the country.

The PNP chief stressed that they are still determining whether the fugitives wanted by the INTERPOL have links with known terrorist groups.

Aside from helping the INTERPOL extend its dragnet for known criminals and fugitives, Bartolome said the international anti-crime organization also inked a transnational crime agreement with the PNP with special focus on reducing or eliminating known producers of counterfeit medicines.

The PNP chief last week met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble in Lyon, France to discuss increased cooperation between the country and the world police body in combating a range of transnational crimes.

Discussions also included the recent participation of the Philippines in Operation Infra-SEA (International Fugitive Round-Up and Arrest – South East Asia), launched from INTERPOL’s Liaison Office in Bangkok, Thailand.

This focused on information relating to 60 suspects from 21 countries wanted in connection with child sex offences.

“Cooperation with INTERPOL is a priority area for police in the Philippines. My meeting with Secretary General Noble provided an important opportunity to reaffirm the need for international cooperation with INTERPOL, and to identify areas such as terrorism, counterfeit medicines and fugitive investigation where we can collaborate even more closely,” Bartolome stressed.

Noble said: “International law enforcement collaboration between INTERPOL and the Philippines is vital for the country, the region and beyond.

“A global collaborative approach to security involving countries sharing intelligence and maximizing the use of INTERPOL’s global police tools is today key to effectively protecting citizens.”

In this respect, the INTERPOL chief said the organization strongly supported plans by the Philippine authorities to expand INTERPOL’s tools and services to the PNP.

INTERPOL having sent a Disaster Victim Identification team to Cebu in 2008 following a ferry disaster which left 800 dead.

Noble outlined how the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation will have a dedicated DVI platform to better assist Asian countries requesting assistance following disasters or acts of terrorism.

The IGCI is due to open in Singapore in 2014. (PNA)”

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Italy’s head of criminal police visits INTERPOL ahead of Rome General Assembly

January 16, 2012

INTERPOL on January 16, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – Italy’s Director General of Criminal Police and Deputy Director General of Public Security, Prefect Francesco Cirillo, 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 cross-border crime.

With Rome hosting the 81st INTERPOL General Assembly later this year (5-8 November), the visit by Prefect Cirillo provided an opportunity to review preparations for the conference which will cover key security issues such as transnational organized crime, human and drug trafficking, terrorism, corruption, cybercrime and stolen works of art.

The role of international law enforcement cooperation and the global tools and services INTERPOL provides its 190 member countries against international crime will top the conference agenda.

During his meeting with Prefect Cirillo, Secretary General Noble underlined Italy’s ‘strong leadership’ in international law enforcement cooperation, and said INTERPOL’s General Assembly in Rome was set to determine the international security agenda ‘at a time when globalization has seen the expansion and diversification of transnational crime’.

The General Assembly is composed of delegates appointed by the governments of member countries. As INTERPOL’s supreme governing body, it meets once a year and takes all the major decisions affecting general policy, the resources needed for international cooperation, working methods, finances and programmes of activities. It also elects the Organization’s Executive Committee. Each member country represented has one vote.”

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Sloan Foundation grant boosts INTERPOL’s global initiative against radiological and nuclear terrorism

October 24, 2011

INTERPOL on October 24, 2011 released the following:

“LYON, France – International law enforcement efforts against the threat of radiological and nuclear terrorism have been significantly enhanced after the Sloan Foundation agreed a three-year grant worth USD 1.6 million to develop INTERPOL’s Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism Prevention Programme.

The grant will boost the INTERPOL programme’s efforts to raise awareness of the threat among the international law enforcement community as well as develop police training programmes and help strengthen enforcement of legislation across INTERPOL’s 188 member countries.

Paula J. Olsiewski, the Sloan Foundation’s Programme Director, said: “Radiological and nuclear terrorism concerns all countries. We believe INTERPOL is strongly-placed to help law enforcement worldwide better understand and curb this global challenge.”

The grant will be used to develop the three main pillars of INTERPOL’s strategy against the threat posed by radiological and nuclear materials: intelligence analysis, training courses and operational support.

“Radiological and nuclear terrorism is a threat with transnational consequences. International cooperation between nations and between international organizations is therefore a crucial element in INTERPOL’s global strategy against this threat,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“Thanks to the strong support of the Sloan Foundation, INTERPOL will be able to provide its member countries with essential information, training and support to reduce the threat of radiological and nuclear terrorism,” added the head of INTERPOL.

Central to INTERPOL’s initiative is the concept that no single organization maintains the capability to address this problem alone. Therefore, INTERPOL champions the idea that police, public health, regulatory and policy professionals must come together to meet the threat preventively.

In this respect, an INTERPOL global summit held in May this year in Lyon set the course for collaboration and prevention against radiological and nuclear terrorism through an integrated collective approach leveraging international partnerships and expertise across all sectors.”

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INTERPOL Chief’s visit to Azerbaijan highlights country’s international security role in Europe and Central Asia

October 7, 2011

INTERPOL on October 6, 2011 released the following:

“BAKU, Azerbaijan – Advancing international law enforcement collaboration on a national and regional scale was the focus of INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble’s high-level meetings during a visit to Azerbaijan.

With a meeting between Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev and Mr Noble highlighting the essential role played by international security cooperation with INTERPOL, key topics during the INTERPOL Chief’s meetings on Thursday with the Minister of Internal Affairs, Ramil Usubov, and General Prosecutor Zakir Garalov, were how INTERPOL can work more closely with Azerbaijan’s authorities via its National Central Bureau (NCB) in Baku to enhance law enforcement cooperation and expand access to INTERPOL global tools beyond its NCB to police on the frontlines to promote regional security.

In this respect, Azerbaijan’s authorities agreed that an INTERPOL Major Event Support Team should visit Azerbaijan to determine what level of support would be needed from INTERPOL for the Eurovision Song Contest, Eurovision 2012, which Baku will be hosting in May next year.

“Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs sees international police cooperation with INTERPOL as a priority. Secretary General Noble’s visit to Azerbaijan is therefore a timely and important opportunity to identify areas where we can enhance our collaboration for the benefit of citizens in the region and beyond,” said Minister of Internal Affairs Ramil Usubov.

“Azerbaijan is a safe country and its continued close collaboration with INTERPOL will help keep it safe and keep criminals out,” added Minister Usubov.

Secretary General Noble said strong security cooperation in the region, including with Azerbaijan, underpinned international efforts against transnational crime.

The head of INTERPOL outlined how Azerbaijan’s involvement in INTERPOL’s Project Millennium, an ongoing initiative involving 42 countries targeting transnational Eurasian organized crime by sharing and contributing intelligence to INTERPOL’s project database, demonstrated Azerbaijan’s commitment to international law enforcement cooperation.

“International law enforcement collaboration between INTERPOL and Azerbaijan is important for the region and beyond. Transnational organized crime in Central Asia has an impact far beyond the region,” said Mr Noble, citing for example how drugs such as heroin and opium are trafficked through the region to countries in Asia and Europe.

Mr Noble also highlighted how Azerbaijan recently took part in Operation Pangea IV, an international week of action coordinated by INTERPOL against the online sale of illicit medicines which resulted in dozens of arrests and the seizure of millions of potentially harmful medicines.

“A collective approach to security with countries taking full advantage of INTERPOL’s global police tools and sharing intelligence is crucial to effectively protecting citizens in Azerbaijan, in the region and worldwide,” added Secretary General Noble.

Also high on the agenda during Secretary General Noble’s visit was the role of the INTERPOL Travel Document in facilitating the worldwide travel of INTERPOL officials, chiefs of law enforcement agencies, heads of National Central Bureaus and staff to travel internationally on official INTERPOL business without requiring a visa when assisting in transnational investigations or urgent deployments.”

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