“INTERPOL to host largest-ever gathering of Ministers to address contemporary violence issues”

November 2, 2012

INTERPOL on November 1, 2012 released the following:

“ROME, Italy – INTERPOL’s General Assembly will bring together Justice, Home Affairs and Security Ministers from some 110 countries for the largest ever such gathering, which will focus on criminal violence issues ranging from human trafficking to terrorist activities.

The Ministerial meeting, which marks the beginning of the four-day (5 – 8 November) conference in Rome, Italy with the theme ‘Challenges for Police Facing Contemporary Violence’ will bring to the table senior government officials from around the globe.

INTERPOL’s Secretary General Ronald K. Noble stated, “This unprecedented gathering of ministers combined with our General Assembly will provide strong support for greater global cooperation in confronting ever-increasing and wide-ranging violent criminal activities.

“Transnational criminal violence is expanding, profiting from developments in technology and international economic challenges. Reduced budgets for law enforcement in far too many nations necessitates even greater levels of mutual support across borders in our continued efforts towards a safer world,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

A joint Ministerial outcome declaration will be issued at the conclusion of the day’s discussions, to identify viable policies and strategies which can be adapted to the unique security situations of cities, nations and regions, supported by greater shared intelligence and increased use of INTERPOL’S comprehensive databases covering a wide range of multi-national criminal activities.

INTERPOL is the largest international police organization with 190 member countries. Its work supports local national and regional law enforcement in a range of crime areas including; terrorism, organized crime, environmental crime, war crimes, maritime piracy, trafficking in illicit goods, weapons smuggling, human trafficking, money laundering, child sexual abuse, corruption and cybercrime.”

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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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INTERPOL assistance leads to first extradition from Seychelles of suspected maritime pirate

May 26, 2012

INTERPOL on May 25, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – A Somali man suspected of maritime piracy has been extradited from the Seychelles to Belgium after a cross-check of his fingerprints against INTERPOL’s databases linked the suspect with the hijack of Belgian vessel MV Pompei in waters off the Seychelles in April 2009.

The Belgian judicial authorities had requested the suspect’s extradition based on forensic evidence establishing the presence of the individual during the hijacking of the ship on 18 April 2009 when its 10 crew members from Belgium, Croatia, the Netherlands and the Philippines were taken hostage by 12 pirates.

Immediately after the release of the hijacked vessel on 28 June 2011, 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.

On 26 March 2011, following the arrest of six Somali nationals in territorial waters off the Seychelles, its police then provided INTERPOL with the fingerprints of the individuals to be cross checked with INTERPOL’s databases within the framework of INTERPOL’s Project EVEXI. The check revealed that the prints of one of the apprehended individuals matched latent marks seized on the hijacked Belgian vessel.

Project EVEXI aims to establish procedures for building the capacity of six East African countries (Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Oman, the Seychelles and Tanzania) in maritime piracy intelligence gathering and forensic evidence collection.

“This case marks a major success in the cross border fight against maritime piracy and represents a blueprint for international cooperation with INTERPOL in the fight against maritime piracy and its networks,” said the Head of INTERPOL’s Maritime Piracy Task Force, Pierre St. Hilaire.

“International police cooperation with INTERPOL can lead to major outcomes in the international fight against maritime piracy using cross continental information exchange.”

“We congratulate authorities in the Seychelles and Belgium since this extradition was only made possible by their actions and outstanding cooperation with INTERPOL,” added Mr St Hilaire.

Hassan M.O. now faces judicial prosecution in a Belgian court.”

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French support boosts INTERPOL’s global efforts against maritime piracy

December 13, 2011

INTERPOL on December 8, 2011 released the following:

“Global fight against maritime piracy focus of INTERPOL visit by France’s Special Representative

LYON, France – The Special Representative of France’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in charge of coordination of the international war against piracy, Jocelyne Caballero, has met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble as part of the close collaboration between France and the world police body on enhancing international efforts against the threat of maritime piracy.

Ms Caballero and Secretary General Noble, meeting at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters, reviewed the current international strategy against maritime piracy and INTERPOL’s maritime piracy projects with which France is closely associated. France has in particular supported INTERPOL’s Maritime Piracy programme by financing its EVEXI project (EUR 100,000 in 2011) and by agreeing to second two officials to INTERPOL’s programme in 2012.

The EVEXI project aims to establish and promulgate procedures for building the capacity of six East African countries (Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Oman, Seychelles and Tanzania) in maritime piracy intelligence gathering and forensic evidence collection.

With INTERPOL’s Maritime Piracy Task Force advocating a global response to improve evidence collection, facilitate data exchange, build regional capabilities and work in partnership, Special Representative Caballero said: “France recognizes INTERPOL’s global resources and longstanding commitment to tackling maritime piracy as crucial to the international community’s ability to better address maritime piracy and bring those involved before the courts.”

With plans by French authorities to make the Gendarmerie Maritime and other French law enforcement agencies available to support INTERPOL Maritime Piracy Incident Response Teams, and implement project EVEXI in addition to training for regional law enforcement agencies, INTERPOL Secretary General Noble lauded France’s ‘active support’ for INTERPOL’s maritime piracy programme.

“France recognizes that international law enforcement provides the critical link between arrests made through military interventions and the investigation and prosecution of maritime pirates and associated criminal networks,” said the head of INTERPOL.

“A collaborative approach that combines intelligence, resources and strategic partnerships is required against maritime piracy. In this endeavour, INTERPOL’s global tools and collaboration with international partners such as France play a crucial role against this transnational crime.”

Ms Caballero was accompanied by Alexandre Pichon, head of European and international cooperation at INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Paris, Lieutenant Colonel Christian Henry of the Gendarmerie Nationale, and by Colonel Jacques Lainé and Lieutenant Colonel Christophe Hy of the Gendarmerie Maritime which is responsible for judicial investigations related to acts of piracy against French ships.

The visit to INTERPOL by Ms Caballero came a week after a Paris court convicted five Somali men for hijacking a sailboat off the African country’s coast and kidnapping its two-person crew in the Gulf of Aden three years ago.

The United Nations Security Council last month unanimously endorsed Resolution 2020 (2011) calling on all of its 193 member states to share information with INTERPOL as part of a comprehensive global response to maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia.

INTERPOL’s General Assembly in Hanoi this year adopted a resolution urging its 190 member countries to share information related to maritime piracy through the circulation of INTERPOL Notices, and to populate INTERPOL’s databases, in particular its Global Maritime Piracy and Stolen Vessels databases.”

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United Nations urges cooperation with INTERPOL to boost fight against maritime piracy

November 28, 2011

INTERPOL on November 24, 2011 released the following:

“LYON, France – The United Nations Security Council has unanimously endorsed a resolution calling on all of its 193 member states to share information with INTERPOL as part of a comprehensive global response to maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia.

Commending INTERPOL for creating its Global Maritime Piracy database designed to consolidate information about piracy off the coast of Somalia and help develop actionable analysis for law enforcement, UN Resolution 2020 (2011) ‘urges all States to share such information with INTERPOL for use in the database, through appropriate channels’.

UN Resolution 2020 (2011), adopted on Tuesday, recognizes the achievements made since the implementation of Resolution 1950 (2010) which called on all UN member states to work with INTERPOL and Europol to fight the criminal networks involved in maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia.

“This new UN Resolution is a significant development in terms of endorsing the central role of information sharing via INTERPOL to combat the criminal networks behind maritime piracy,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“It recognizes that international law enforcement provides the critical link between arrests made through military interventions and the investigation and prosecution of maritime pirates and associated criminal networks,” said the head of INTERPOL.

Collaboration between INTERPOL and Europol in information exchange and analysis of piracy-related material has already led to the identification of links between a number of cases and individuals based on DNA, fingerprint and telephone analysis.

In this respect, INTERPOL’s Acting Executive Director for Police Services, Bernd Rossbach, added: “A collective approach that pools intelligence and resources via strategic partnerships is required to fight maritime piracy. Here, INTERPOL’s global tools and collaboration with international partners such as the United Nations and Europol play a crucial role against this transnational crime problem involving organized criminals, hostages and ransoms.”

The adoption of UN Resolution 2020 (2011) came as a training course was being held in the Seychelles in the framework of INTERPOL’s European Union-sponsored project on capacity building and crime scene management best practice against maritime piracy in the Horn of Africa.

INTERPOL’s General Assembly in Hanoi (31 October – 3 November) adopted a resolution urging its 190 member countries to share information related to maritime piracy through the circulation of INTERPOL Notices and to populate INTERPOL’s databases, in particular its Global Maritime Piracy and Stolen Vessels databases.”

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INTERPOL and Europol agree joint initiatives to enhance global response against transnational crime

October 13, 2011

INTERPOL on October 12, 2011 released the following:

“LYON, France – INTERPOL and Europol have extended their close collaboration against transnational organized crime after the leaders of the two international police agencies agreed on Tuesday to establish a secure communication line between both organizations and endorsed a collaborative operational action plan in key security areas.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding signed by INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and Europol Director Rob Wainwright, the communication line will link up the secure networks of both agencies to facilitate and simplify the exchange of operational and strategic crime information, including via their respective liaison officers based at INTERPOL in Lyon and at Europol in The Hague.

During their two-day meeting at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters (11-12 October), Secretary General Noble and Director Wainwright also agreed that INTERPOL and Europol should enhance their collaborative operational efforts within their respective mandates to underpin a global response against transnational organized crime and terrorism by endorsing operational action plans of cooperation in five areas: maritime piracy, counter-terrorism, securing major international public events, cyber-crime and child sexual exploitation.

Europol Director Rob Wainwright said: “Identifying and developing areas for future joint actions between Europol and INTERPOL is very important to us and key to providing an even more integrated service to the international police community on both sides. We are committed to developing the best possible cooperation – intensive efforts on both our sides will bring about more security to Europe and beyond, and will make a distinctive contribution to our fight against serious international crime worldwide.”

The head of Europol was also updated during his visit on INTERPOL’s Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) which will tackle 21st century crime threats such as cyber-crime. The IGCI will open in Singapore by early 2014.

INTERPOL Secretary General said that the agreement marked ‘another important step’ in strengthening the close collaboration between INTERPOL and Europol and the international fight against organized crime and terrorism.

“These new initiatives represent a natural and strong evolution in our collaboration with Europol under the leadership of Director Wainwright, and a leap forward in our common efforts against 21st century crime,” said the head of INTERPOL.

“At a time when crime threats are becoming more complex and criminals are exploiting technology as well as physical and virtual mobility, our agreement is both a natural and necessary development in our strategic collaboration. It benefits both of our organizations by maximizing our resources and advancing our efforts against the threats faced by all our member countries,” added Secretary General Noble.

Tuesday’s agreement follows a series of strategic meetings between both leaders, including a joint INTERPOL-Europol global initiative to combat the threats of maritime piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

In this respect, at an operational level the area of maritime piracy has highlighted the excellent collaboration between INTERPOL and Europol in information exchange and analysis. The UN Security Council unanimously endorsed in November 2010 a Resolution calling on all UN 192 member countries to work with INTERPOL and Europol to fight criminal networks involved in maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia.

The European Union Council also adopted in December 2010 a Decision which will see the EU’s military mission against maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia use INTERPOL’s global network and tools to fight the criminal networks behind piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

A future step in Tuesday’s agreement between INTERPOL and Europol will see the extension of law enforcement tools and services between both organizations, and the identification of proposals for future joint actions.”

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Media invitation for 80th INTERPOL General Assembly in Vietnam

September 28, 2011

INTERPOL on September 21, 2011 released the following:

“LYON, France – The theme of the 80th INTERPOL General Assembly, which will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam from 31 October – 3 November, is ‘Connecting Police for a Safer World – Strong partnerships, innovation and capacity building.’

Senior law enforcement officials and security experts from around the world will gather at INTERPOL’s General Assembly to discuss a range of issues including the use of new technologies in the prevention and investigation of crimes, the need for global legislation to assist in combating online child sexual exploitation, and proactive approaches to policing challenges which include maritime piracy.

The official opening ceremony and speeches by senior Vietnamese and INTERPOL officials will take place at 9.30am on Monday 31 October and are open to the media. This will be immediately followed by a press conference.

Although the main conference proceedings are closed to the media, a range of media briefings will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday 1- 2 November. Interviews with police officials and international delegates may also be arranged upon request. The closing ceremony will also be open to the media and will be held at 12.15pm on Thursday 3 November.

Journalists wishing to cover the event should apply for accreditation no later than Friday 7 October using the 80th INTERPOL General Assembly press visa and accreditation form. Please note that it is the responsibility of journalists wishing to attend INTERPOL’s General Assembly to ensure that they have secured any visas required for entry to Vietnam.

Applications and further enquiries regarding the accreditation and visa process should be addressed to the Press and Information Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, No. 7 Chu Van An Str., Hanoi, Vietnam, tel: (84-4) 3799 3451 / 3845 5401, fax: (84-4) 3823 4137; e-mail:  phongvienbc@mofa.gov.vn

Journalists without accreditation will not be granted access, and all accredited media representatives will be expected to present their press credentials and identification documents at the media registration desk upon arrival.”

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