PNP to aid INTERPOL in tracking, hunting down foreign fugitives hiding in PHL

March 20, 2012

Zambo Times on March 20, 2012 released the following:

“MANILA — Philippine National Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome announced Monday the command will assist the International Police (INTERPOL) in tracking and arresting six to eight fugitives in the Philippines.

He added some of the suspects have pending child abuse cases.

Bartolome added the INTERPOL has given him a list of the suspects or fugitives they believed are hiding in the country.

The PNP chief stressed that they are still determining whether the fugitives wanted by the INTERPOL have links with known terrorist groups.

Aside from helping the INTERPOL extend its dragnet for known criminals and fugitives, Bartolome said the international anti-crime organization also inked a transnational crime agreement with the PNP with special focus on reducing or eliminating known producers of counterfeit medicines.

The PNP chief last week met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble in Lyon, France to discuss increased cooperation between the country and the world police body in combating a range of transnational crimes.

Discussions also included the recent participation of the Philippines in Operation Infra-SEA (International Fugitive Round-Up and Arrest – South East Asia), launched from INTERPOL’s Liaison Office in Bangkok, Thailand.

This focused on information relating to 60 suspects from 21 countries wanted in connection with child sex offences.

“Cooperation with INTERPOL is a priority area for police in the Philippines. My meeting with Secretary General Noble provided an important opportunity to reaffirm the need for international cooperation with INTERPOL, and to identify areas such as terrorism, counterfeit medicines and fugitive investigation where we can collaborate even more closely,” Bartolome stressed.

Noble said: “International law enforcement collaboration between INTERPOL and the Philippines is vital for the country, the region and beyond.

“A global collaborative approach to security involving countries sharing intelligence and maximizing the use of INTERPOL’s global police tools is today key to effectively protecting citizens.”

In this respect, the INTERPOL chief said the organization strongly supported plans by the Philippine authorities to expand INTERPOL’s tools and services to the PNP.

INTERPOL having sent a Disaster Victim Identification team to Cebu in 2008 following a ferry disaster which left 800 dead.

Noble outlined how the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation will have a dedicated DVI platform to better assist Asian countries requesting assistance following disasters or acts of terrorism.

The IGCI is due to open in Singapore in 2014. (PNA)”

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Child sex exploitation offenders arrested in INTERPOL-led operation

March 12, 2012

INTERPOL on March 7, 2012 released the following:

Southeast Asia focus of global fugitive investigations

LYON, France – An INTERPOL coordinated operation targeting people suspected or convicted of travelling to Southeast Asia to sexually abuse children has resulted in the arrest and/or location of 20 individuals.

Operation Infra-SEA (International Fugitive Round-Up and Arrest – South East Asia) launched from INTERPOL’s Liaison Office in Bangkok, Thailand focused on information relating to 60 suspects from 21 countries wanted in connection with child sex offences.

“There is no safe haven for wanted sex offenders and Operation Infra-SEA is a reminder to those who believe that travelling to the other side of the world to commit child sex abuse will help them avoid detection are very much mistaken,” said Ervin Prenci, Infra – SEA Project Manager.

“By bringing together investigators from the countries involved to share specific intelligence about these criminals, Operation Infra-SEA shows the significant results which can be achieved in identifying, locating and arresting offenders, as we have seen with previous Infra operations,” added Mr Prenci.

Coordinated by INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit, the series of Infra operations are among the key initiatives of the world police body in supporting member countries in locating and arresting international fugitives.

In 2010, Operation Infra-Red (Red Notices) targeting 450 fugitives convicted or accused of serious crimes including murder, rape and drug trafficking resulted in more than a quarter being arrested or located, and new information provided on 357 of the cases. Operation Infra-SA (South America) in 2011 led to arrests across the continent, with more than 30 fugitives taken into custody in less than a month.

“Each of these Infra operations is a clear signal to fugitives who may have thought their offence was committed too long ago, or too far away, that this is not the case, and that they will be brought to justice,” added Stefano Carvelli, Assistant Director of INTERPOL ‘s Fugitive Investigative Support Unit.

Additional support to Operation Infra-SEA was provided through Project Childhood, a joint INTERPOL, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and World Vision initiative funded by the Government of Australia’s AusAID programme aimed at combating the sexual exploitation of children in the Greater Mekong sub-region.

With the conclusion of the first part of the operation, Infra-SEA now moves into the second stage of more focused intelligence and information analysis in order to locate and arrest the remaining fugitives.”

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