INTERPOL: “International operation targets online sale of illicit medicines”

June 28, 2013

INTERPOL on June 27, 2013 released the following:

“INTERPOL-supported campaign also alerts public to dangers of purchasing illicit medicines online

LYON, France – Some 100 countries have taken part in a global operation seeking to disrupt the criminal networks behind the illicit sale of medicines online, resulting in 58 arrests worldwide and the seizure of 9.8 million potentially dangerous medicines worth some USD 41 million.

As the largest global Internet-based operation focusing on illicit websites selling fake or counterfeit medicines, Operation Pangea VI engaged police, customs and national regulatory authorities to target websites supplying fake and illicit medicines, and to increase awareness of the serious health risks connected to purchasing medicines online.

Operation Pangea VI was coordinated by INTERPOL, with the World Customs Organization, the Permanent Forum of International Pharmaceutical Crime, the Heads of Medicines Agencies Working Group of Enforcement Officers, the Pharmaceutical Security Institute, Europol, and supported by the Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies and private sector companies including Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and Legitscript.

The week-long operation (18-27 June) targeted the main areas involved in the illegal online medicine trade: Internet Service Providers (ISPs), electronic payment systems and delivery services. More than 9,000 websites linked to illicit online pharmacies were identified and shut down, in addition to the suspension of payment facilities of illegitimate pharmacies and the disruption of a substantial number of spam messages.

“Transnational criminal networks are taking advantage of the Internet to deceive consumers into buying fake and often dangerous medicines with a wanton disregard for the health risks this poses to the unsuspecting buyers,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“Our partners worldwide have combined their efforts in INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea VI to fight these organized criminal networks. Together, they are protecting innocent consumers by shutting down illegitimate online pharmacies, confiscating illegal pharmaceutical products and bringing criminals to justice.

“These are significant steps forward in safeguarding the health and safety of the public, and in dealing a major blow to the criminal groups behind the counterfeiting of medical products,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

Among the fake medicines seized during Operation Pangea were antibiotics, cancer medication, anti-depression pills, food supplements and erectile dysfunction medication.

“The health and safety of global consumers is paramount and all efforts to protect them from the dangers posed by illicit medicines sold online are being vigorously pursued using the full extent of our collective intelligence and legal tools,” said WCO Secretary General, Kunio Mikuriya.

“I am pleased that police, customs and national regulatory authorities continue to work closely together at both the international and national levels to combat this dangerous form of illicit trade, with the full support of our public and private sector partners across the globe,” he added.

“Clearly, the excellent results achieved during Operation Pangea VI demonstrates the effectiveness of combining our respective competencies to tackle crime, in particular the growing trade in online sales of illicit and often dangerous pharmaceutical products,” stressed the WCO Secretary General.

A dedicated operations centre at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon served as a central hub for information exchange among the participating countries and agencies, including a mobile office deployed by Europol which conducted cross-checks in close cooperation with their liaison officer at INTERPOL. As well as raids at addresses linked to the illicit pharmaceutical websites, some 522,000 packages were inspected by customs and regulatory authorities, of which 58,000 were seized.

“We can only bring an end to the illegal online supply of pharmaceutical products through collective and systematic international effort such as the Pangea operations. The dedicated and constant efforts of partners from all sectors are vital to protecting innocent consumers and ensuring that the Internet does not become a safe haven for transnational criminals,” said Aline Plançon, Assistant Director of INTERPOL’s Medical Products Counterfeiting and Pharmaceutical Crime Sub-directorate.

“Ultimately, we hope that by increasing public awareness of the risks associated with illegal online pharmacies, people will take greater care the next time they turn to the Internet to purchase medicines,” added Ms Plançon.

To date, 175 investigations have been launched into a range of offenses including the illegal manufacturing, selling and supplying counterfeit or unlicensed medicines.

Investigations are ongoing, and the final results from Operation Pangea VI will be released upon their conclusion.”

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“INTERPOL Chief Libya mission to advance recovery of stolen assets during Gaddafi regime”

March 19, 2013

INTERPOL on March 18, 2013 released the following:

“Assistance in locating and extraditing wanted Libyan fugitives also high on agenda

TRIPOLI, Libya – Identifying how INTERPOL can provide additional assistance in the recovery of assets stolen during the Gaddafi regime and help enhance national and regional security were key issues during a meeting between INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.

With Secretary General Noble also meeting Interior Minister Ashour Shuwail and Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz, high on the agenda of Mr Noble’s two-day mission (16 and 17 March) was INTERPOL’s active role in helping Libya identify, locate and extradite fugitives through the publication of Red Notices, or international wanted persons alerts.

“As Libya continues to rebuild its infrastructure following the 2011 overthrowing of Gaddafi, INTERPOL member countries can help Libya track down not only fugitives, but the millions if not billions in assets stolen by Colonel Gaddafi, his family and associates,” stated Secretary General Noble.

Libya’s Prime Minister Zeidan, Foreign Minister Abdelaziz, and Interior Minister Shuwail were united in their support of INTERPOL’s providing technical assistance and creating a joint public private task force that would collaborate with Libya to help track down and repatriate the assets looted from the country during the Gaddafi regime.

“These stolen assets need to be recovered so that ‘they can be made available to and for the benefit of the people of Libya’ as required by several UN Security Council resolutions. If INTERPOL is successful, then it will help Libya in its efforts to build a peaceful, secure, independent and free Libya,” concluded Mr Noble.

With security the highest priority in the country, the INTERPOL Chief’s visit comes just days after the inauguration of INTERPOL’s real-time passport screening system at Tripoli International Airport as part of international efforts to improve Libyan border security.

Under INTERPOL’s EUR 2.2 million Project RELINC (Rebuilding Libya’s Investigative Capability) funded by the EU, Libyan border control authorities can now directly access INTERPOL’s global database to detect stolen and lost passports, enabling the instant identification of persons seeking to conceal their true identity, including internationally wanted persons, suspected terrorists and transnational criminals.

The INTERPOL Chief’s visit also allowed him to emphasize INTERPOL’s ongoing efforts to help bring about the arrest of a number of fugitives subject to Red Notices issued at Libya’s request, including Colonel Gaddafi’s former director of military intelligence, Abdullah Al-Senussi, who was extradited to Tripoli from Mauritania in September last year as the most recent example of their success.

“INTERPOL’s Red Notices are proven effective tools in assisting member countries locate fugitives, no matter where they attempt to hide, and no matter how long ago the offence was committed,” said Secretary General Noble, pointing to the Red Notice issued for Faraj Al-Chalabi at Libya’s request in connection with the murder of two German nationals in 1994. One of Al-Chalabi’s co-accused was Osama bin Laden, who was also the subject of a Red Notice issued at Libya’s request.”

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“Pope receives global law enforcement leaders: Commends INTERPOL efforts in combating crime”

November 9, 2012

INTERPOL on November 9, 2012 released the following:

“VATICAN CITY – The Vatican City State has welcomed police officials from across the world with Pope Benedict XVI receiving delegates and INTERPOL officials who attended the Organization’s 81st General Assembly in Rome.

Pope Benedict received the visitors at a special audience in his capacity as the head of state of one the world’s smallest independent nations.

The secular visit also included interior and justice ministers from some of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries who had earlier in the week approved a joint declaration recognizing the need to identify viable strategies to effectively address the changing modes of contemporary criminal violence through greater shared intelligence and increased use of international police tools and services.

Addressing the delegates, Pope Benedict said violence of any kind was unacceptable and commended the work of law enforcement officers around the world.

“In this regard, the function of INTERPOL, which we may define as a bastion of international security, enjoys an important place in the realization of the common good, because a just society needs order and a respect for the rule of law to achieve a peaceful and tranquil coexistence in society.”

The Pope said that ‘the Holy See encourages all those working to combat this scourge of violence and crime at a time when our world is increasingly becoming a global village.’

“Thus it is necessary to safeguard individuals and communities by a constant renewed determination and by adequate means,” added Pope Benedict.

Speaking on behalf of the world police body’s 190 member countries, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said: “Members of the INTERPOL family may speak different languages, wear different uniforms and be of different faiths or colours but we remain firmly bound together by our shared commitment to respect and protect the dignity of persons, their fundamental rights, and the rule of law.

“Police take great pride in their work because they know they are making a difference: the difference between security and danger, between order and chaos, between hope and despair, between health and happiness and pain and suffering,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

INTERPOL’s 81st General Assembly (5 – 8 November), which was launched with a Ministerial meeting, was attended by more than 1,000 delegates from 171 member countries and addressed the challenges faced by the police in tackling contemporary criminal violence.

The Vatican City State became INTERPOL’s 187th member country in October 2008 at the 77th General Assembly in St Petersburg, Russia.”

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“France’s Ballestrazzi becomes first female President of INTERPOL”

November 9, 2012

INTERPOL on November 8, 2012 released the following:

“New members appointed to Executive Committee as landmark General Assembly shapes global response to contemporary violence

ROME, Italy – INTERPOL’s 81st General Assembly has closed with delegates electing as the new President of INTERPOL Mireille Ballestrazzi, Deputy Central Director of the French Judicial Police.

Mrs Ballestrazzi said she felt a great sense of pride and joy to have been elected as the President of INTERPOL and looked forward to serving all of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries in ‘an unfailing spirit to promote mutual assistance and solidarity’.

“I am wholly committed to the fundamental role INTERPOL must play in global police cooperation. By establishing the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation and leading other recent initiatives, INTERPOL has placed itself at the forefront of innovation which I will continue to fully support. There is no doubt that this direction will open up drastically new perspectives for INTERPOL and its member countries worldwide as we face together the challenges of today and tomorrow.”

The President of the Organization heads its Executive Committee and is elected by the General Assembly for a period of four years.

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble welcomed President Ballestrazzi’s appointment as another example of INTERPOL’s evolution, reflecting the active role of both men and women in the international law enforcement community.

“As the world’s largest police organization, it is essential that INTERPOL’s leadership offers the best policing and expertise to its 190 member countries in order to meet their needs,” said Mr Noble.

“Mireille Ballestrazzi’s appointment as President of INTERPOL comes at a time when countries are adapting to the realities of the changing nature of transnational organized crime in the 21st century.

“She brings invaluable experience in cross-border police collaboration to her role, as well as proven leadership abilities, and I look forward to working closely with her to ensure that INTERPOL continues to provide innovative responses to meet the needs of our member countries, ” added the INTERPOL Chief.

Paying a warm tribute to outgoing President Khoo Boon Hui of Singapore, Mr Noble said Mr Khoo would be remembered as ‘a champion and driving force of international law enforcement cooperation’.

Also elected to the Executive Committee were Alan Bersin, Assistant Secretary of International Affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Vice President for the Americas), Nobuyuki Kawai, Director of the Organized Crime Department of the National Police Academy of Japan (Vice President for Asia), Algeria’s Abdelkader Kara Bouhadba, Commissaire Divisionnaire de Police, Directeur de la Police Judiciaire (Delegate for Africa), Bob Paulson, Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Delegate for the Americas), Jong Yang Kim of the Korean National Police Agency and Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Seoul (Delegate for Asia), Brigadier General Saoud Abdallah Al-Mahmoud, Director of the International Cooperation Department of Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (Delegate for Asia), and Filippo Dispenza, Brigadier General of the Italian National Police (Delegate for Europe).

The four-day conference (5 – 8 November) in Rome was launched with a Ministerial meeting attended by close to 100 global leaders who endorsed a joint declaration recognizing the need to identify viable strategies to effectively address the changing modes of contemporary criminal violence.

During the conference, more than 1,000 delegates from some 170 countries endorsed a series of resolutions to build a modern framework for collective action, including on maritime piracy, illicit trafficking in cultural property, the INTERPOL Programme to Combat Trafficking in Illicit Goods launched earlier this year, the INTERPOL Travel Document and cybercrime.

A groundbreaking initiative by INTERPOL to support the safety and security of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and other major sporting events over the next 10 years was also launched following an agreement with the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee worth USD 10 million.

With Cartagena, Colombia, hosting INTERPOL’s next General Assembly in 2013, conference delegates closed the event by selecting Monaco as the venue for INTERPOL’s 83rd General Assembly in 2014, which will mark the 100th anniversary of the first International Criminal Police Congress.”

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World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency and INTERPOL identify areas for closer working ties

September 11, 2012

INTERPOL on September 11, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – Identifying areas for enhanced cooperation in combating corruption and fraud was high on the agenda for the visit of World Bank Integrity Vice President Leonard McCarthy at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters.

Mr McCarthy met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and other senior officials as part of the ongoing collaboration between the two organizations which signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2010.

During his visit on Monday, Mr McCarthy also met with officers from INTERPOL’s Anti-Corruption office to identify ways to further enhance cooperation and promote increased information exchange between World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) specialists and the world police body to reduce the scope and incidence of corruption relating to World Bank-funded projects.

Mr McCarthy was also updated on INTERPOL’s Global Focal Point Initiative on Asset Recovery which is partnered with the World Bank StAR initiative to support international efforts to end safe havens for corrupt funds.

With one of the Integrity Vice Presidency’s (INT) areas of responsibility being to investigate allegations of fraud, corruption, coercion, collusion and obstructive practices relating to World Bank-funded projects, INTERPOL already provides support in a range of areas, including conducting checks on corporations and individuals likely to be engaged in such projects.

“As the world continues to grapple with the effects of the economic crisis, it is more important than ever that all organizations and agencies involved in the fight against corruption and fraud continue and increase their efforts,” said Mr McCarthy.

“The World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency already enjoys a productive and close working relationship with INTERPOL and today’s visit has highlighted areas where we can take this cooperation to the next level.”

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said: “Corruption poses a threat to the global community’s security and prosperity and INTERPOL is committed to supporting all endeavours in tackling this global scourge.

“Our ongoing and future joint efforts with the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency will enable us to better assist national, regional and international efforts in tackling corruption, building on the successes we have already seen with projects such as the Stolen Asset Recovery initiative and Global Focal Point initiative,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

Launched in January 2009 and currently involving 106 countries, INTERPOL’s Global Focal Point initiative includes a database of law enforcement officials available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to emergency requests for assistance. Such a service is crucial in asset recovery cases where lack of immediate action may cause law enforcement to lose a money trail.

INTERPOL cooperates with the World Bank Group in a number of areas, including combating maritime piracy and environmental crime with projects such as the Global Tiger Initiative.”

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A global institution’s security perspective cannot be driven by any one country’s perspective, says INTERPOL Chief

June 18, 2012

INTERPOL on June 15, 2012 released the following:

“FLORENCE, Italy – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has said that rapidly detecting emerging threats requires having links to as many sources of information concerning threats and risks from as many countries as possible.

Speaking at the 2012 New York University (NYU) Leadership Conference in Florence on Friday, Secretary General Noble said: “The world through a security lens is one that changes by the minute and location. It can’t be viewed through the lens of one country at one point in time.”

Secretary General Noble said world events must not be seen from the sole perspective of one country when an institution’s personnel could be anywhere on any given day.

The Head of INTERPOL focused on how some 40 NYU students and faculty members participating in an archeological project in Abydos, Egypt, were caught up in the disruptions caused by the events in Cairo in 2011 which led to the fall of the Mubarak presidency. After extraordinary leadership shown by NYU President John Sexton and his strong team of administrators and faculty, NYU staff and students were safely evacuated by air from Cairo with the assistance of NYU Abu Dhabi.

“NYU’s Global Network University security philosophy strives each and every day to view security from the perspective of the country where NYU’s students, faculty and personnel find themselves. NYU’s video of its experience extracting students and faculty from Egypt is a must see,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

Mr Noble said that institutions like INTERPOL and NYU need to prepare for any eventuality before members of their community travel internationally.

One important area of preparation, Mr Noble said, is to ensure that an institution has all the necessary contact information and personal data for members of its community so as to locate, identify and assist them as efficiently and rapidly as possible.

In this respect, Mr Noble cited as a positive development the creation of the NYU Traveler system, under the leadership of NYU Vice President for Public Safety Jules Martin, to provide NYU’s global community members with tools, services and information for their travel needs and to help keep them safer.

For INTERPOL’s part, Mr Noble said INTERPOL had been re-designed a decade ago to face the challenges of today’s world, and that its global network allowed it to rapidly detect emerging threats and issue alerts to all its member countries in real time, 24/7.

(Mr Noble remains a fully tenured Professor of Law on leave of absence from New York University’s School of Law while serving as INTERPOL Secretary General.)”

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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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