INTERPOL commends international police cooperation resulting in swift arrest of suspected Canadian killer

June 5, 2012

INTERPOL on June 4, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France ‒ The arrest in Germany of Luka Rocco Magnotta, a Canadian national suspected of murder and the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for internationally-wanted persons, highlights the essential role of international police cooperation and sharing intelligence in fugitive investigations, a senior INTERPOL official has said.

At the request of Canadian authorities, on 31 May INTERPOL issued a Red Notice for 29-year-old Magnotta, wanted for arrest in the killing of a man and posting his body parts to various locations around Canada. German authorities confirmed that Magnotta was taken into custody by police in Berlin today, Monday 4 June.

INTERPOL’S 24/7 Command and Coordination Centre circulated the Red Notice in all four of its official languages, Arabic, English, French and Spanish, to each of its 190 member countries after it was believed Magnotta, who is also known as Eric Clinton Newman or Vladimir Romanov, had fled Canada for France.

Thereafter, INTERPOL Canada and the relevant INTERPOL National Central Bureaus began sharing intelligence on Magnotta’s whereabouts. In light of the dangerous nature of the suspected murderer, all information on the case was treated as a priority by INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigation Support unit and its Command and Coordination Centre at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France.

Throughout the case, INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters remained in constant touch with the relevant National Central Bureaus worldwide and specialist fugitive investigation units to ensure a seamless flow of intelligence in following up potential leads provided by both law enforcement and the public.

“Magnotta’s arrest demonstrates the benefits of INTERPOL’s worldwide network of National Central Bureaus sharing information on dangerous fugitives believed to have fled abroad. Police know that the best way to catch fugitives anywhere in the world is to use INTERPOL’s tools and services,” said the Head of INTERPOL’s Fugitives unit, Stefano Carvelli.

“INTERPOL congratulates all of the authorities and its National Central Bureaus in Canada, France, Germany and elsewhere for their collaborative efforts which led to the rapid arrest of this wanted individual,” added Mr Carvelli.

INTERPOL Red Notices serve to communicate to police worldwide that a person is wanted by a member country and request that the suspect be placed under provisional arrest pending extradition.”

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Southeast Europe Police Chiefs contribution to regional and global security praised by INTERPOL Chief

April 25, 2012

INTERPOL on April 24, 2012 released the following:

“BUDVA, Montenegro – Addressing the Southeast Europe Police Chiefs INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said that their example of dedication and resolve to work together was an example of what can be achieved in combating regional transnational crime.

Speaking at the joint International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)/Southeast Europe Police Chiefs Association (SEPCA) Cyber Crime Conference and SEPCA General Assembly, the head of the world police body pointed to the expansion of access to INTERPOL’s databases beyond the National Central Bureaus (NCBs) in all nine SEPCA member countries as the model for other regions of the world.

Law enforcement officers in key locations across Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia can now carry out instant checks against INTERPOL’s databases.

In 2011, countries in the SEPCA region performed 50 million checks against INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database, triggering more than 3,000 alarms for people attempting to travel on a fraudulent document. A further 22 million checks on individuals were carried out, enabling officers to obtain critical policing information on nearly 25,000 persons known to law enforcement around the world.

Secretary General Noble said that the joint conference with IACP on cybercrime also clearly demonstrated the region’s recognition of the need to tackle crime in the virtual world is well as ensuring effective policing on the ground.

“Cybercrime is the challenge of tomorrow and one which will force us to reinvent the traditional business model of police as the expertise necessary to combat this type of crime will reside more in the private sector,” said Mr Noble, adding that INTERPOL was already putting measures in place to help its 190 member countries address this threat.

“The INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, which will open its doors in Singapore in 2014, will include an ‘innovation, research and digital security’ unit which will work with INTERPOL’s 190 member countries and the private sector to develop innovative solutions to tackle cybercrime.

“The commitment and vision of the police chiefs in Southeast Europe will ensure that SEPCA will be among the key players in contributing to the global security of tomorrow,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

During his meeting with Prime Minister Igor Lukšić, Secretary General Noble commended Montenegro’s NCB in Podgorica for having implemented so many of INTERPOL’s tools and services that help to keep Montenegrins and visitors safe.

Mr Noble also agreed that Montenegro would become the second country in the world where INTERPOL would deploy a special support team during the summer tourist season when the population in Budva grows from 20,000 to 100,000 persons in order to ensure that Montenegrin police have quick access to information about foreign tourists should the need arise.

“Montenegro has proved time and time again that it is committed to close international police cooperation via INTERPOL which enhances both security and the continued development of its country,” concluded Secretary General Noble.”

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Jamaica hosts second INTERPOL programme to enhance fight against drugs and organized crime in the Americas

February 10, 2012

INTERPOL on February 9, 2012 released the following:

“KINGSTON, Jamaica – The second session of the three-year training programme coordinated by INTERPOL to boost national law enforcement’s ability to fight drugs and organized crime across the Americas has opened in Jamaica.

The two-week course (6-17 February), organized by INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training Directorate, brings together 18 law enforcement officials from different enforcement agencies in Central America and the Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Curacao, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica and St Lucia) involved in transnational investigations against illicit drugs and organized crime.

“Most of the countries gathered here today are located in the supply chain of organized crime and drug trafficking. We are grateful to INTERPOL for encouraging a necessary collaborative approach between countries and agencies to fight against organized crime,” said Owen Ellington, Commissioner of Police of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, as he opened the programme.

With the programme hosted by Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Kingston, Kevin Blake, said: “Capacity building is one of the most critical aspects to developing international cooperation against organized crime. By choosing Jamaica to host the second session of this programme, INTERPOL has recognized our efforts to strengthen international police cooperation in the region”.

“We have already collected good practice cases from our previous session in Panama as a result of the commitment of the participants. With this training programme INTERPOL is proud to renew its commitment to supporting capacity building in the region,” said Rosinete de Santana Barbosa, Assistant Director for INTERPOL’s Sub-directorate for the Americas.

As part of a combined approach the programme will be run bilingually in Spanish and English. Participants include drugs and organized crime investigators from specialized law enforcement agencies, customs officials, and INTERPOL National Central Bureau officials involved in international cooperation.

Agencies represented at the training include the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the International Narcotics Control Board, as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the National Police of Colombia and the Jamaica Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.”

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Panama hosts first INTERPOL programme to boost fight against drugs and organized crime in Americas

December 13, 2011

INTERPOL on December 6, 2011 released the following:

“PANAMA CITY, Panama – The first session of a three-year programme coordinated by INTERPOL to boost national law enforcement’s ability to fight drugs and organized crime across the Americas has opened in Panama.

The two week course (5-16 December), organized by INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training Directorate, brings together 17 law enforcement officials from different enforcement agencies from nine countries (Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, El Salvador, Grenada, Nicaragua, Panama and Saint Lucia) involved in transnational investigations against illicit drugs and organized crime.

Opening the programme, Panama’s Public Security Minister, Jose Raul Mulino Quintero, underlined Panama’s strategic role in the region against transnational crime.

“By choosing Panama to host the first session of this programme, INTERPOL has recognized our efforts to strengthen international police cooperation in the region. This is all the more important because Panama’s strategic geographic location means it faces the challenge of major illicit drug trafficking and organized crime in the region. INTERPOL can therefore count on Panama as a strong partner to fight organized crime,” said Minister Mulino Quintero.

With the programme sponsored by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), Canadian Ambassador to Panama Sylvia Cesaratto and other senior officials attending the launch of its first session heard that the need for training to be a central strategic part of police activities was essential in developing the effectiveness of law enforcement to operate nationally and internationally.

“The challenges facing law enforcement in the 21st century require a systematic, coherent and sustained global training strategy, and as the world’s largest police organization, INTERPOL plays a key part in this development,” said INTERPOL’s Director of Training, Dale Sheehan.

“INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training Programme for the Americas will boost the strategic and operational ability of agencies in participating countries to counter illicit drugs and organized crime, under the coordination of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureaus in the region,” added Mr Sheehan.

The aim of this first phase of the three-year INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme on Organized Crime for the Americas (covering Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico and neighbouring countries) includes:

  • increasing knowledge of the characteristics of organized crime, the trafficking of illicit drugs and chemical precursors, and related criminal activities such as corruption and money laundering
  • equipping participants with the skills needed for the use of legal tools and awareness of the operational aspects of international cooperation and mutual assistance
  • enhancing the awareness and usage of INTERPOL’s tools and services
  • facilitating transnational collaboration between specialized units and National Central Bureaus

Agencies represented at the opening ceremony also included the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) and the World Customs Organization.

As part of a combined approach the programme will be run bilingually in Spanish and English, with all participants contributing their professional knowledge in core subjects. Participants include drugs and organized crime investigators from specialized law enforcement agencies, customs officials, and INTERPOL National Central Bureau officials involved in police communications.”

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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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Appeal following theft of artwork by Magritte in Belgium

October 13, 2011

INTERPOL on October 12, 2011 released the following:

“Two works of art by René Magritte were stolen from a private residence in Bruges, Belgium on 10 October 2011.

Anyone with information about the theft of the painting entitled ‘Moments inoubliables du cinema,’ and a drawing entitled ‘Les bijoux indiscrets,’ is asked to contact the INTERPOL National Central Bureau Brussels (ref.: zz/obj/per13 art. 22196) and the INTERPOL General Secretariat (ref. 2011/55730).”

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