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 workshop in Riyadh looks to boost regional efforts against human trafficking

February 6, 2012

INTERPOL on February 2, 2012 released the following:

“RIYADH, Saudi Arabia ‒ International police cooperation as well as best practices on identifying victims of human trafficking and related investigation techniques were the focus of INTERPOL’s Training Workshop Against Trafficking in Human Beings held in Riyadh.

Co-organized with the Naif Arab University for Security Sciences which hosted the event, the five-day workshop (21-25 January) brought together more than 50 participants and 10 experts from 12 Arab countries, including regional representatives from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the International Organization for Migration.

The workshop reviewed regional crime trends and priorities, as well as the use of INTERPOL tools and services by human trafficking investigators.

The importance of regional cooperation between INTERPOL and Naif University against the trafficking in human beings in enhancing capacity building for the wider law enforcement community was recognized at the event by the President of the University, Professor Abdul Aziz Alghamdi, and the Assistant Director of INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Human Beings Sub-Directorate, Jon Eyers.

A cooperation agreement on the provision of law enforcement training for countries in the region and beyond in specialist areas including trafficking in human beings as well as drugs and organized crime was signed between INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training Unit and Naif University in June 2011.

Further regional initiatives including operational workshops in the area of people smuggling and human trafficking will be undertaken this year by INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Human Beings Sub-Directorate.”

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INTERPOL Chief says Commonwealth of Independent States collaboration is a model for other regions

October 14, 2011

INTERPOL on October 14, 2011 released the following:

Armenia becomes first CIS country to recognize INTERPOL passport

YEREVAN, Armenia – Addressing the Council of Ministers of Internal Affairs of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Yerevan today, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said that the region’s impressive cooperation with the world police body played an important role in the global fight against crime and terrorism.

Mr Noble’s remarks follow his meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan who agreed to grant INTERPOL passport holders special visa waiver status, saying that ‘in today’s world, law enforcement officers holding INTERPOL passports should not be delayed in travelling to countries which have asked for assistance.’

President Sargsyan’s support and recognition that no additional burdens should be placed on INTERPOL officials responding to requests from member countries were praised by Secretary General Noble as ‘a significant step forward in enhancing national, regional and global security.’

The INTERPOL passport, now officially recognized by 24 countries, is aimed at facilitating the worldwide deployment of INTERPOL officials, chiefs of law enforcement agencies, heads of National Central Bureaus and staff by allowing them to travel internationally on official INTERPOL business without requiring a visa prior to boarding a plane to assist in transnational investigations or in urgent deployments.

Since taking the helm of the world police body in 2000, Mr Noble said that the CIS region had repeatedly shown innovation and unwavering support in its commitment to INTERPOL and the global law enforcement community, pointing to the creation of the INTERPOL Anti-Heroin Smuggling Training Centre in Russia in 2007 and the expansion of access to INTERPOL’s tools to frontline police in more than 50 remote sites across Central Asia through an EU-funded project.

Secretary General Noble’s presence at the CIS Ministers meeting in Yerevan follows his participation at the ‘Donbass Anti-Terror 2011’ exercise organized by the CIS Anti-Terrorism Centre and the Security Service of Ukraine in Donetsk last month. That event and the willingness of both Russia and Belarus to share evidence and intelligence obtained after the January 2011 attack on Domodedovo International airport and the Oktyabrskaya subway station bombing in Minsk just months later were hailed by Mr Noble as a demonstration of the region’s collaborative approach to security.

“The close cooperation between the member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States serves as a model for other regions of the world in ensuring that they present a united and effective front against transnational criminals and terrorists,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“This collective approach is vital in maximizing the ability of each individual country to better combat these shared threats, and is a strategy clearly employed by all countries in the region to protect citizens and visitors,” added the INTERPOL chief.

“International police cooperation via INTERPOL is essential in creating opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of national police services and therefore of regional and international security,” said Minister of the Republic of Armenia and Head of the Police, Lieutenant-General Alik Sargsyan.

“We are committed to using an international approach in the fight against crime, working with INTERPOL to protect our borders and citizens from terrorists and other criminals and also to send a strong message to the global criminal community that it cannot evade justice in Armenia,” added the police chief.

During his mission, Mr Noble also visited the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Yerevan where he was briefed on a range of policing activities including drug enforcement and human trafficking.”

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