INTERPOL welcomes landmark conviction of Charles Taylor for aiding and abetting war crimes

April 30, 2012

INTERPOL on April 26, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – The conviction of former Liberian President Charles Taylor for offences including aiding and abetting war crimes, crimes against humanity, rape and murder by the Special Court for Sierra Leone has been praised as a ‘landmark’ decision by INTERPOL.

The world police body, which had issued a Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, for Taylor at the request of the UN-backed war crimes tribunal welcomed the historic ruling, marking the end of the trial which began in 2007, as a milestone for justice.

“Charles Taylor’s conviction clearly demonstrates the commitment and resolve of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and INTERPOL will continue to work closely with all international tribunals to identify, locate and bring to justice those individuals accused of war crimes,” said Stefano Carvelli, head of INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit.

Since the issue of the Red Notice in December 2003, INTERPOL’s FIS unit has been liaising with the Special Court for Sierra Leone, particularly in 2006 after Taylor’s escape from custody in Nigeria just days before he was due to be handed over to the court.

Officers from FIS have also worked closely with the National Central Bureaus in Sierra Leone, Liberia and other involved member countries and in 2009, a Red Notice was issued for Benjamin Yeaten, the former Director of the Special Security Service under Charles Taylor, who is wanted by Liberian authorities for murder.”

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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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INTERPOL issues Red Notices for former Libyan Minister of Interior and Deputy

April 10, 2012
Al-Senussi Alozyre
Al-Senussi Alozyre

INTERPOL on April 5, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – At the request of Libya, INTERPOL has issued Red Notices for the former Libyan Minister of Interior, Al-Senussi Alozyre and for Naser Al-Mabrouk who served as his Deputy, who are both accused of a range of offences including carrying out illegal arrests, unjustified deprivation of personal liberty and torture.

Details of the two suspects have been circulated to all 190 INTERPOL member countries and INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit is now liaising closely with National Central Bureaus (NCBs) in North and Western Africa to ensure that border control points are alerted to their wanted status.

Head of INTERPOL’s FIS unit, Stefano Carvelli said Libya’s request for the Red Notices was further evidence of the country’s ongoing commitment to the rule of law.

Naser Al-Mabrouk
Naser Al-Mabrouk

“Through issuing Red Notices, INTERPOL continues to support Libya in their efforts to target and arrest those individuals who have committed serious crimes and in ensuring that they are brought to justice to face the charges against them,” said Mr Carvelli.

INTERPOL’s FIS unit, supported by officers from the Middle East and North Africa sub-directorate and the 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre, is working with NCB Tripoli and other potentially involved countries in order to locate and arrest the two fugitives.

Since March 2011, through the publication of Orange Notice global alerts against a number of Libyan nationals, including members of Colonel Gaddafi’s family and close associates, INTERPOL has been warning member states of the danger posed by the movement of these individuals and their assets following the sanctions established by United Nations Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973 (2011).”

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INTERPOL praises capture of mafia boss in Thailand

April 4, 2012

INTERPOL on April 1, 2012 released the following:

“Convicted Italian fugitive was subject of INTERPOL Red Notice requested by Italy

LYON, France – The detention in Bangkok of a man wanted in Italy for mafia-related criminal conspiracy and the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for internationally-wanted persons has been praised by INTERPOL Chief Ronald K. Noble as an example of effective international police cooperation.

Vito Roberto Palazzolo, aged 64, was stopped by the Royal Thai police on Friday 30 March at Bangkok airport. He was sentenced by a court in Italy in 2009 to nine years in jail for criminal association as a prominent member of the Cosa Nostra Sicilian mafia for whom he had been accused of laundering money from the proceeds of drug trafficking and cigarette smuggling, and for closely associating with the undisputed leaders of the criminal organization.

The convicted mafia fugitive was taken into custody at Bangkok airport by officers from Thailand’s Bureau of Immigration, working in collaboration with INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Bangkok, as well as with the Foreign Affairs and Tourist Police divisions of the Royal Thai Police, with the assistance of INTERPOL’s liaison office in Bangkok.

INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon has been closely coordinating with INTERPOL’s NCB in Rome and its liaison office in Bangkok, in collaboration with Italian police services and case Prosecutor, as part of initiatives to locate Palazzolo in the Asian region where a previous travel entry by the fugitive was recently detected.

Secretary General Noble praised the authorities in Italy and Thailand for their continued commitment to cross-border law enforcement, which he said was exemplified by Palazzolo’s arrest.

“The capture of this convicted mafia fugitive highlights the very real and valuable results which can be achieved by INTERPOL member countries working together, especially when supported by INTERPOL global policing tools such as Red Notices,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Palazzolo’s arrest will I am sure encourage all INTERPOL member countries to renew their commitment to transnational police cooperation through the INTERPOL community, so that justice can run its course,” concluded Mr Noble.

A Red Notice represents one of INTERPOL’s most powerful tools in tracking international fugitives. Containing identification details and judicial information about a wanted person, a Red Notice seeks the location, the apprehension and the provisional arrest of a wanted person, and is circulated to police in all of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries.”

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INTERPOL-EU ties securing borders & preventing crime

March 21, 2012

Uploaded by INTERPOLHQ to YouTube on March 20, 2012 released the following:

INTERPOL-EU ties securing borders & preventing crime

“INTERPOL: Interview with Cecilia Malmstrom, EU Home Affairs Commissioner. 15 March 2012

INTERPOL a key partner for a secure Europe, says EU Commissioner Malmström

LYON, France — A secure Europe needs global law enforcement support, with INTERPOL a key partner in meeting security challenges, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström told police chiefs at the closing of the INTERPOL Heads of National Central Bureaus conference.

Addressing the 270 senior police officials from 148 countries, Commissioner Malmström said that to effectively fight organized crime and cybercrime, which pose the greatest risks to EU security, the need for partnerships with countries beyond Europe is essential.

“INTERPOL, with its National Central Bureaus in 190 member countries is a key partner for the European Union in addressing these global threats,” said Commissioner Malmström.

“Day-to-day cooperation between INTERPOL and police forces in the EU member states goes back many years and is invaluable in linking EU criminal intelligence with INTERPOL’s databases and global network.”

Highlighting the need for close cooperation in tackling these shared threats, the Commissioner explained her plans to establish a European Cybercrime Centre to work closely with the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore, which will include a state-of-the-art facility for boosting cyber security and countering cybercrime, to assist in the streamlining of regional and global investigations.

An important element in the enhanced cooperation between the two organizations was the opening of the INTERPOL liaison office in Brussels in 2009. Pierre Reuland, the Special Representative of INTERPOL to the European Union, said that ‘when it comes to global police cooperation INTERPOL is the natural partner to link EU member countries and agencies to the rest of the world’.

In meetings with Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and other senior INTERPOL officials, Commissioner Malmström discussed a range of activities where the EU and INTERPOL work closely together, particularly under the EU’s Internal Security Strategy.

“INTERPOL is working closer than ever with European bodies such as Europol, Frontex, Cepol and Eurojust in crime areas as diverse as maritime piracy, human trafficking and counterfeiting,” said Secretary General Noble.

“The European Union has recognized INTERPOL’s unique capacity to supplement law enforcement efforts at the European level, particularly in the effective management of borders where transnational criminals are at their most vulnerable,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

An EU-funded programme has seen expansion of access to INTERPOL’s unique global database of Stolen and Lost Travel Documents throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States, Southeast Asia, Africa and the Americas, helping to secure borders and identify criminals attempting to enter Europe, and elsewhere, using false identities.

Plans for the West African Police Information System (WAPIS) being developed with INTERPOL and funded by the EU were also discussed during the high-level meeting. The WAPIS project will facilitate the collection, centralization, management, sharing and analysis of police information on a national, regional and global level to more effectively tackle crime areas such as drug trafficking, illegal immigration, money laundering and weapons trafficking.”

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Missing Swiss mother and child found in France

February 11, 2012

INTERPOL on February 10, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – A Swiss mother and her daughter who had been listed as missing and who were the subject of an INTERPOL international Yellow Notice, or missing persons alert, have been found safe and well in the South West area of France on Thursday 9 February.

Mizué Bachelard, aged 35, and her seven-year-old daughter Hanaé from Chexbres near Lausanne, Switzerland had not been seen since the evening of Thursday 26 January.

INTERPOL’s Command and Coordination Centre at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France liaised closely with the National Central Bureaus in Berne and Paris, with any messages relating to this case being treated as a priority.

INTERPOL Yellow Notices are circulated to help locate missing persons, especially minors, or to help identify persons who are not able to identify themselves.”

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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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