“Bahamas hosts INTERPOL programme to enhance fight against organized crime in the Americas”

May 10, 2013

INTERPOL on May 10, 2013 released the following:

“NASSAU, Bahamas – The latest session in a three-year programme coordinated by INTERPOL to boost national law enforcement’s ability to fight drugs trafficking and organized crime across the Americas has opened in Nassau, Bahamas.

Some 21 law enforcement officials involved in investigations into illicit drugs and transnational organized crime from across Central America and the Caribbean (Anguilla, The Bahamas, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Jamaica, Montserrat and Nicaragua) are taking part in the two-week (6 – 17 May) programme, organized by INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training Directorate.

“The launch of this training initiative here in the Bahamas, is another clear indication of INTERPOL’s commitment to capacity building in police forces worldwide,” said Commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Mr Ellison Greenslade.

“It fulfills an urgent need to further sensitize and train police officers and law enforcement partners to effectively deal with emerging global threats such as trafficking in persons, human smuggling, trafficking in illicit goods, weapons and drug trafficking, counterfeiting, money laundering, and a long list of other crimes,” added the Commissioner.

Welcoming the participants, Minster of National Security Dr Bernard J. Nottage said, “You have come here to receive hands on training in practical ways to harness and develop your skills for taking action against the insidious threat to our way of life from drugs and organized crime and from the evils they bring in their wake: violence, crime, corruption, the breakdown of family life and the destruction of young people.”

INTERPOL’ s Director of Training and Capacity Building, Dale Sheehan highlighted that the over-reaching goal of the three-year programme, launched in 2011, was sustainability and that successes had already been achieved.

“Through strong training and capacity building standards developed by our programmes, we have already seen an impact on the ground, with those who have benefitted having already gone out and trained some 1,600 other law enforcement officers in the past year alone. This is sustainability,” said Mr Sheehan.

Agencies taking part in this training include the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Regional School for Anti-drug Intelligence of the American Community, in addition to specialists from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the National Police of Colombia.

As part of a combined approach the programme is running bilingually in Spanish and English, with all participants contributing their professional knowledge in core subjects. Participants include drugs and organized crime investigators from specialized law enforcement agencies, customs officials, prosecutors and INTERPOL National Central Bureau officials involved in police communications.”

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“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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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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“Interpol Issues ‘Red Notice’ for Bulgaria Mobster Pair”

June 7, 2012

Novinite on June 7, 2012 released the following:

Interpol Issues ‘Red Notice’ for Bulgaria Mobster Pair

Interpol has issued a Red Notice for the arrest of notorious Bulgarian gangsters Angel Hristov and Plamen Galev aka the “Galevi brothers”.

The underworld bosses were declared wanted for “organized crime/transnational crime” at the request of the Bulgarian authorities.

Angel Hristov and Plamen Galev aka the “Galevi brothers” disappeared at the beginning of May after the Bulgarian Supreme Court of Cassation finally confirmed their organized crime sentences. The two were supposed to be sent to jail for 5 and 4 years respectively.

On May 9, Galev and Hristov were issued a nationwide search warrant amidst reports they fled abroad with a huge stash of money and strong criticism on the part of the European Commission.

The search of the Bulgarian authorities ended up with no result, while in the meantime the executive and judiciary exchanged accusations for the blunder of letting the two mobsters get away.

The pair is well known to be top mafia lords, failed MP wannabes and benefactors of Dupnitsa, a sleepy, impoverished and dilapidated Bulgarian town at the foot of the Rila mountain, some 60 km south of Sofia.

Even before the court trial it was a public secret that the Galevi brothers are mafia bosses who hold the citizens of Dupnitsa on a leash as their jobs and prosperity depend on the two burly former policemen with shady background and businesses.

They have managed to capitalize on the weakness of the state and the local authorities, merging with them and making out of Dupnitsa a stronghold of their own, called Galevgrad.

On May 3, Bulgaria’s Supreme Court of Cassations upheld Galevi’s jail sentences issued by a lower instance.

The magistrates, however, reduced Galev’s sentence by two years and Hristov’s by one on grounds they have clean criminal records and are known for charitable activities. Galev will thus serve 5 years behind bars while Hristov will be in jail for 4 years, both on charges of participating in an organized crime group dealing with racket and extortion. The rule is final and cannot be appealed.

In the beginning of July 2011, the Sofia Appellate Court surprisingly reversed the trial against Galevi, sentencing them to a total of 12 years in jail – Plamen Galev to 7 years in prison, and Angel Hristov – to 5.

In addition, Galev was sentenced to a fine of BGN 10 000 and confiscation of 1/3 of his properties and assets, and Hristov – to a fine of BGN 7000, and confiscation of 1/4 of his properties and assets for the benefit of the state.

The two were appealing the sentence with the Supreme Court of Cassations, which is the last instance.

Back in November 2010, the Regional Court in the southwestern city of Kyustendil acquitted them of all charges – including heading an organized crime group, racketeering, and extortion on the grounds that they were tried on rumors, not real evidence.

Four other men were also sentenced as members of the organized crime group led by Galevi.

The Galevi trial, launched in September 2009, came in the wake of a large-scale and flashy raid by what appeared to be the state army, which rummaged offices, auto-houses and apartments in the capital Sofia, Pernik and Dupnitsa.

In mid-June 2009, the Galevi brothers walked out of jail after both were allowed to run at the general elections and thus receiving immunity from prosecution. They failed to win seats in the 41st General Assembly, but were still free on bail.”

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Interpol Issues Red Notice for Alleged Bulgarian Mafia Boss

May 29, 2012

novinite.com on May 28, 2012 released the following:

“Interpol has issued a Red Notice for the arrest of alleged Bulgarian mafia boss Nikolay Marinov whose whereabouts have been unknown since 2010.

Marinov is wanted for crimes involving the use of weapons/explosives, crimes against life and health, as well as organized /transnational crime.

Nikolay Marinov is better known as “The Little Marguin”, one of the two so-called Marguin brothers.

The alleged gangster is wanted by local authorities for the murder of controversial radio show host Bobi Tsankov back in 2010. Nikolay and his older brother, Krasimir Marinov, have been accused of ordering Tsankov’s assassionation.

In February, The Marguin Brothers were acquitted by Bulgaria’s Supreme Court of Cassations on charges of organizing a criminal group and plotting the murders of Nikola Damyanov, Ivan Todorov and General Lyuben Gotsev (the latter survived the attempt on his life.)

The Marguin brothers are also publicly known as being among the leaders of the SIC Corporation – allegedly one of Bulgaria’s two powerful mafia structures in the 1990s.

“The Little Marguin” is 174 centimeters tall and has brown eyes.”

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Interpol to crack down on cyber crime

May 9, 2012

Houston Chronicle on May 8, 2012 released the following:

“DANIELLA CHESLOW, Associated Press

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Interpol said Tuesday it is making the war against cyber crime a main priority this year as online fraud crosses borders and increases in scope.

Khoo Boon Hui, president of the global police network, told a conference of 49 European member states that cyber crime is becoming more transnational. He pointed to a study published in March by the London Metropolitan University that found 80 percent of online crime is connected to cross-border organized gangs.

“Organized crime is now able to recruit members from countries without diplomatic ties to commit crimes overseas operating from temporary safe bases in third countries equipped with the latest technology,” he said.

Hui said Malaysian police last month arrested more than 200 cyber criminals from China and Taiwan who operated online scams through two syndicates under the instructions of a common Taiwanese boss.

By using temporary safe bases around the far East, the online scammers netted billions of dollars via soccer and gambling websites along with credit card and bank fraud schemes, he said. He said hackers even penetrated the Interpol website this year.

Hui said cyber crime costs Europe about 750 billion euros, or more than $977 billion, a year. Israel alone deals with more than 1,000 Web attacks a minute, he said.

To help train police worldwide in online law enforcement, Hui said Interpol will open a cyber crime and digital security complex in Singapore in 2014.

This week’s conference also addressed other issues including international terrorism, the drug trade, and human trafficking.”

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INTERPOL European conference builds on regional strength to combat global crimes

May 8, 2012

INTERPOL on May 8, 2012 released the following:

“TEL AVIV, Israel – Developing innovative solutions through building on past experience is key in identifying and addressing future crime threats, chiefs of police and ministers from throughout Europe heard on the opening day of INTERPOL’s 41st European Regional Conference in Tel Aviv.

With transnational issues including cybercrime, terrorism, organized crime, human trafficking, illegal immigration and trafficking in illicit goods high on the agenda of the three-day meeting (8 – 10 May), some 110 senior law enforcement officials from 49 countries and eight international organizations will discuss how to build on regional cooperation and expertise to boost global security.

The Commissioner of the Israeli Police, Inspector General Yohanan Danino, said INTERPOL provided a network of cooperation between the police forces of the world.

“Our language, our uniform and our badges may differ, but the message is the same, we are all committed to the same cause which is the essence of our work, which is to serve.

“This INTERPOL meeting which brings together senior European law enforcement officials will provide us with a stronger platform for our joint efforts in tackling crime and terrorism,” concluded Commissioner Danino.

Addressing the delegates, INTERPOL President Khoo Boon Hui said that learning from European expertise and experiences helps ensure that all INTERPOL member countries keep abreast of the latest trends and developments, particularly in combating cybercrime.

“Criminal gangs now find that transnational and cybercrime are far more rewarding and profitable than other riskier forms of making money,” said INTERPOL President Khoo Boon Hui.

“Globalization and the development of the virtual world offer new and fertile grounds for criminals to ply their illegal trade and commit crimes.

“Our ability to address both known and unknown threats effectively and efficiently serves to further cement our Organization’s position as the leader in securing global safety, and in shaping the security landscape,” concluded President Khoo.

With the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation due to open its doors in Singapore in 2014, delegates will be updated on the close cooperation with Europol which will soon launch the European Cybercrime Centre, and how the two organizations are liaising to ensure the widest possible support to law enforcement regionally and globally.”

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INTERPOL sets the record straight concerning cooperation with US law enforcement

April 23, 2012

INTERPOL on April 23, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – “Whether it’s organized crime, narcotics trafficking, terrorism, or any other area of criminal activity, the increasing sophistication and power of criminal syndicates calls for a response from those who are pledged to uphold the law and protect society from the hardened criminal. And this is the work of INTERPOL,” President Ronald Reagan (1985).

The following corrects false rumo[]rs published by infowars.com on 19 April 2012 and attributed to US Senator Rand Paul.

FACTS:

  1. During 2011, US law enforcement was able to identify 10,000 people trying to enter the country on invalid or fraudulent passports after screening INTERPOL’s databases 180 million times. The screening of these passports occurred in compliance with US law.
  2. INTERPOL’s US National Central Bureau located in Washington, D.C. is staffed 100 per cent by American law enforcement officers. All are subject to and obliged to comply with US law, which prevents them from arresting US citizens or seizing their property based on any INTERPOL-issued documents.
  3. In 2009, President Barack Obama reinforced immunities granted to INTERPOL by President Reagan and endorsed by President George W. Bush. Currently five staff members from the INTERPOL General Secretariat Headquarters work in the US. All are assigned to represent INTERPOL at the United Nations offices in New York on terrorism and transnational crime matters.
  4. None of these INTERPOL staff members, however, exercise any law enforcement powers in the US. None are armed and none are protected by diplomatic immunity under the 2009 Executive Order.
  5. Malaysia’s Home Minister has confirmed that INTERPOL had no involvement in the arrest of a journalist for a speech-related offense at the request of Saudi Arabia. INTERPOL’s constitution prohibits its involvement in any matter of a political or religious nature such as criminal charges brought for criticizing a Head of State or for blasphemy.
  6. INTERPOL does not have arrest powers in any of its member countries and has never issued arrest warrants.
  7. INTERPOL has not authorized the circulation of either Egyptian national arrest warrants or INTERPOL international Red (wanted persons) Notices for Americans recently engaged in political activity in Egypt as falsely reported on inforwars.com and attributed to Senator Rand Paul.

As for the old rumours misrepresented as news in this disturbing article, the National Rifle Association (NRA) discredited them in an official statement back in 2010 when it reminded its members that ‘rumors abound, so don’t believe everything you read.’

INTERPOL would encourage anyone interested in learning the truth about INTERPOL’s powers in the US to read the NRA’s statement on the issue.”

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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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Benin key player in West African efforts to fight transnational crime

February 29, 2012

INTERPOL on February 28, 2012 released the following:

“Achievements marked during INTERPOL Secretary General visit

COTONOU, Benin – In his first visit to Benin, which this year marks its 50th anniversary as an INTERPOL member country, Secretary General Ronald K. Noble met with President Thomas Boni Yayi as well as other senior government and police officials to recognize the country’s contribution to global law enforcement cooperation.

In the past half century of INTERPOL membership, Benin has participated in a wide range of key regional projects targeting drug trafficking, human trafficking, organized crime and fake goods and medicines which endanger the health and safety of citizens.

Secretary General Noble was briefed on a series of drug seizures as a result of close cooperation between the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus in Cotonou, Brazil and Portugal. In this respect, the recent success of Operation Cocair 3 saw the seizure of more than 500 kilogrammes of drugs and the recovery of cash totaling two and half million euros in 25 airports across Western and Central Africa and Brazil.

During his two-day mission, Secretary General Noble also visited a Customs and Immigration outpost between Benin and Nigeria at the border town of Krake. Mr Noble announced plans to help Benin connect its central national database to INTERPOL’s global databases, to enable officers at border control points to carry out instant checks on individuals to determine if they are wanted internationally or attempting to enter on fraudulent travel documents.

After receiving the Ordre National du Bénin, the INTERPOL chief met with the President of Benin Thomas Boni Yayi. Accepting the honour on behalf of the world police organization, Mr Noble thanked Benin for their long-standing and strong support of INTERPOL.

“Under the leadership of President Boni Yayi, Benin continues to make a significant contribution to global law enforcement, which makes this honour a recognition of the efforts of officers in Benin and all around the world, every police man and woman who put their lives on the line every day,” said Secretary General Noble.

“In my meetings with the Minister of the Interior, the Director General of Police, staff from our National Central Bureau and officers in the field, this commitment to law enforcement is clear to see and I look forward to our continued strong partnership with Benin in the future,” added the INTERPOL chief.”

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