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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INTERPOL and Italian National Police launch inaugural high-level seminar under FIFA grant to fight match-fixing

March 6, 2012

INTERPOL on March 5, 2012 released the following:

“Italian footballer courage and integrity in rejecting bribe recognized with INTERPOL award

ROME, Italy – Italy’s hosting of the inaugural high-level seminar on sports integrity, for the first time bringing together all stakeholders – law enforcement, sports authorities, players, referees and teams – has been hailed by INTERPOL as a landmark occasion in the global fight against match-fixing and illegal betting in sports.

Organized by the Italian Police and the Italian Football Association, the meeting comes just five months after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with INTERPOL, making Italy the first country to officially endorse the initiative between INTERPOL and FIFA to target match-fixing as well as illegal and irregular betting around the world.

In his speech, INTERPOL President Khoo Boon Hui said the seminar, following so closely after the MoU, was a clear manifestation of Italy’s commitment to fighting corruption in sports and encouraged other countries to follow their lead.

“The cooperation and synergy among the police, sports organizations, regulatory agencies and the community in general is vital. Tackling corruption and establishing integrity in sports must be everybody’s concern,” said President Khoo.

“If we want to continue enjoying the true essence of sports, we need to ensure integrity in sports. We must remain vigilant against all forms of illegal activities, such as doping, cheating, financial corruption and match fixing,” concluded the President.

“The Italian National Police is proud to have hosted the first high-level seminar that brought together all key components of the Italian football community to demonstrate our collective commitment to join INTERPOL and FIFA in fighting match-fixing and corruption in football,” said Prefect Antonio Manganelli, the Head of Italian National Police.

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said that the Rome meeting, held as part of the INTERPOL-FIFA funding agreement, was the strongest signal ever sent by all parties concerned that corruption in football must be stopped, pointing to Italian footballer Simone Farina as a role model in the fight.

In November 2011 the Gubbio defender rejected an offer of EUR 200,000 to fix the outcome of a match and reported the attempted bribe to the police.

In acknowledgement of the footballer’s integrity and the work being done by Italian authorities, Secretary General Noble presented the INTERPOL Commemorative Medal to Giancarlo Abete, President of the Italian Football Federation as part of INTERPOL’s ‘Fund for a Safer World,’ which recognizes those who make an effective contribution to crime prevention and law enforcement at the local, national and global level.

“Simone showed courage and integrity in turning down the bribe and by then going to the police, and equally important was the backing he received from the Italian Football Federation,” said Secretary General Noble.

“I hope that this is first of many awards to individuals and organizations in special recognition of their acts of courage and integrity in combating corruption in football,” added the INTERPOL chief, pointing to the INTERPOL-FIFA Training, Education and Prevention Initiative as a key element in supporting the footballing community in this fight.

INTERPOL will be conducting a series of training workshops which will bring together players, referees, regulators and law enforcement to improve key individuals’ awareness and understanding of corruption in football, of the strategies used by its perpetrators and of the methods to detect and counteract them. The first of four pilot workshops taking place in Finland in April 2012.”

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INTERPOL and Europol establish new communications link for secure information exchange

December 20, 2011

INTERPOL on December 20, 2011 released the following:

“A new network connection has been established between INTERPOL and Europol, enabling the secure exchange of information between the two law enforcement organizations.

The interconnection of the two organizations’ computer networks via a secure link, one of the elements of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and Europol Director Rob Wainwright in October, provides a technical foundation for the further development and sharing of services in the future.

The heads of the organizations became the first individuals to exchange messages via the secure link to mark its launch today, Tuesday.

“Current operational cooperation between Europol and INTERPOL rests on a solid basis and this new secure link will undoubtedly strengthen the alliance between our two organizations. It will ensure an even more powerful response for the international law enforcement community, ultimately enhancing our capabilities, and those of our respective Member States, to tackle international crime and terrorism.” said Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol.

The creation of the secure communication line between INTERPOL and Europol is the most recent in a series of initiatives aiming to enhance and streamline cooperation between the two organizations, efforts which Secretary General Noble said are essential in helping preserve European and global security.

“INTERPOL will continue to work closely with Europol to identify other areas where both organizations can bring added value to our member countries, and the creation of this secure communications link is an important step in this endeavour,” said Mr Noble.

“As law enforcement faces increasing pressures with limited budgets, we need to remain innovative in identifying ways where we can work more effectively with the resources we have in tackling all forms of crime,” added the head of INTERPOL.

Since the signing of the first cooperation agreement between INTERPOL and Europol in 2001, a wide range of joint activities have been implemented aimed at facilitating and simplifying the exchange of operational and strategic crime information, to combat a range of criminal activities including maritime piracy, counter-terrorism, cybercrime and child sexual exploitation.”

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CIS regional collaboration key to global terror fight, INTERPOL Chief tells Ukraine meeting

September 28, 2011

INTERPOL on September 28, 2011 released the following:

“DONETSK, Ukraine – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has told a gathering of heads of security and anti-terrorism agencies from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) that ‘strong cooperation in the region underpins international efforts against terrorism’.

With the CIS Anti-Terrorism Centre’s (ATC) joint anti-terrorism training and tabletop exercise (28-30 September) highlighting the need for CIS member countries to address the threat of terrorism through collective regional action, senior officials at the event underlined the region’s role in global security.

In this respect, Colonel General Andrey Novikov, Head of the Anti-Terrorism Centre of the Commonwealth of Independent States, said: “Regional collaboration in the framework of INTERPOL is a priority security area for the Commonwealth of Independent States. Secretary General Noble’s visit to our anti-terrorism training and tabletop exercise demonstrates the region’s strategic importance and the need for an international collaborative approach to security.”

Noting that the victims of the 9/11 attacks included citizens from CIS countries, Secretary General Noble said that recent commemorations of the 10th anniversary of the attacks were a reminder of the global reach of terrorism.

“Global efforts against terrorism must necessarily rely on solid regional co-operation. The CIS region is integral to INTERPOL’s vision for a safer world,” said Secretary General Noble.

Mr Noble also recalled how since the beginning of 2011 there had been tragic reminders of the threats faced by countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States. The January 2011 attack on Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow, and the bombing of Oktyabrskaya subway station in Minsk only a few months later were just two dramatic examples of the terror threat faced by all citizens in the CIS region, he said. The two attacks claimed almost 50 lives and injured hundreds.

“Yet those same events showed how strongly CIS countries believe in international cooperation and intelligence-sharing against terrorism. In both cases, authorities from Russia and Belarus promptly shared with INTERPOL intelligence obtained after the attacks, and sought our support in investigating possible international leads,” said Secretary General Noble.

The Head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Alexander Bastrykin, delivered personally to INTERPOL key findings in the investigation into the Domodedovo airport terror bombing. Belarus also shared evidence from the 2011 bombing, as it did in July 2008 following another terrorist attack in Minsk, and forwarded to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat fingerprints recovered from a defused bomb. That decision paid off three years later when INTERPOL’s experts were able to determine that four finger marks from the specimens sent in 2008 matched those of the suspect charged with the 2011 terrorist attack.

The audience also heard that since INTERPOL launched its Fusion Task Force programme in 2002 to spearhead its efforts against terrorism, the amount of intelligence shared by CIS member countries has grown unabated. To date, one out of six of the 13,000 profiles of entities suspected of terrorism affiliation in INTERPOL’s database has been provided by agencies from the CIS region.

“The evidence is clear: countries from the Commonwealth of Independent States all look in the same direction when it comes to countering terrorism, and they do so determined to join the rest of the world in this mission,” added Mr Noble.

In December 2008, INTERPOL signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Anti-Terrorism Centre of the CIS, providing direct access to INTERPOL’s global police communications system and global databases. This will ensure that all INTERPOL member countries benefit from intelligence shared by the CIS, and that CIS countries can rely on a wealth of global real-time knowledge in countering terrorist threats.

The three-day meeting in Ukraine, ‘Donbass Anti-Terror 2011’, is organized by the CIS ATC and the Security service of Ukraine and will involve anti-terror tabletop and practical exercises. In addition to the heads of security and anti-terrorism agencies from CIS member countries, it is also attended by Valeriy Khoroshkovskyi, Head of the Security Service of Ukraine, and Anatoliy Blyzniuk, Governor of Donetsk Oblast.”

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