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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Arrest of FBI Most Wanted and INTERPOL Target Praised by World Police Body

June 23, 2011

INTERPOL on June 23, 2011 released the following:

“LYON, France – The arrest of alleged mob boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, one of the FBI’s most wanted and a target of a global INTERPOL fugitive operation, has been welcomed by the world police body.

The 81-year-old American, who is accused of the murder of 19 people in the 1970s and 1980s, and his 60-year-old girlfriend Catherine Grieg, who was also the subject of INTERPOL’s Operation Infra-Red (International Fugitive Round-Up and Arrest – Red Notices), were detained near Los Angeles on 22 June after 16 years on the run.

In addition to murder, as the alleged former boss of the Winter Hill gang in Boston, Bulger was also wanted for extortion, membership of a racketeer-influenced corrupt organization and money laundering. Greig was wanted for concealing a person from arrest and both were subject of INTERPOL Red Notices, or internationally wanted persons alerts, issued at the request of the US authorities.

“The arrest of James Bulger and his girlfriend after so many years on the run is testimony to the dedication and tenacity of the FBI officers involved who ensured that these fugitives and their crimes were never forgotten,” said Stefano Carvelli, Assistant Director of INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit.

“That he was highlighted as a key target in Operation Infra-Red, INTERPOL’s first major global appeal to the public for information on fugitives, was one of many important steps taken by the US authorities to maintain the pressure on this man and use every resource available to them in his eventual location and arrest.

“It is once again a clear signal for all fugitives everywhere, that no matter how much time has passed, once they are wanted they will remain wanted until brought to justice,” added Mr Carvelli.

INTERPOL’s Operation Infra-Red in July 2010, targeted nearly 450 international fugitives convicted suspected of committing serious offences including murder, rape, child abuse, kidnapping and drug trafficking and has already led to the arrest or location of more than 170 individuals.

Bulger’s arrest on Wednesday came just two days after another Infra-Red target, American national Kenneth Andrew Craig who is accused of sexually abusing two young boys in Florida in 1998, was taken into custody by Brazilian police in Rio de Janeiro.”

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