INTERPOL: “INTERPOL training in Indonesia supports police in investigating migrant smuggling”

August 15, 2014

INTERPOL on August 13, 2014 released the following:

“SEMARANG, Indonesia – The first training session of the INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme on Enhancing Migrant Smuggling Investigation in Southeast Asia is being held in Indonesia in cooperation with the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC).

The two-week course (11-22 August) brings together 22 law enforcement officials from anti-human trafficking units, cybercrime units, INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) and national judicial authorities from eight countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The course is part of a two-year training programme, supported by funding from the Government of Canada, which aims to build the investigative capacity of law enforcement officers in Southeast Asia to prevent human trafficking and migrant smuggling, and enhance regional cooperation with a view to creating a sustainable network in the region for the sharing of knowledge and expertise.

Attending the opening ceremony were Police Commissioner General Suhardi Alius, Chief of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Indonesia National Police; Dale Sheehan, INTERPOL’s Director of Capacity Building and Training; Police Brigadier General Soepartiwi, Executive Director of the JCLEC; and Detective Superintendent Brian Thomson, Executive Director of Programs with the JCLEC.

Brigadier General Soepartiwi underlined the important role of INTERPOL in the fight against transnational crime in Southeast Asia, and applauded the Canadian Government and INTERPOL for their support in implementing the capacity building programme in the region.

Commending the JCLEC on its 10th anniversary, Mr Sheehan said: “The JCLEC is a strategic partner of INTERPOL in the delivery of our capacity building programmes. Further partnerships with the Indonesia National Police, Australia Federal Police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police, combined with all ASEAN member countries, ensure the essential exchange and sharing of best practices throughout Southeast Asia.”

The JCLEC is located within the Indonesian National Police Academy. It is a resource for the region in the fight against transnational crime, with a focus on counter-terrorism, through the coordination of training programmes, seminars and workshops.”

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“FBI, Interpol Host Critical Infrastructure Symposium”

July 9, 2014

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on July 8, 2014 released the following:

Director Comey Addresses the Importance of Partnerships

07/08/14

FBI Director James Comey was in Miami yesterday, where he spoke at the opening of the four-day International Law Enforcement Critical Infrastructure Symposium. The event, co-hosted by the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate and Interpol, has drawn senior law enforcement officials from more than 90 countries to explore and share best practices for managing WMD and counterterrorism threats targeted against critical infrastructure and to identify common approaches to protect infrastructure and key resources.

Also participating in the symposium are domestic first responders, corporate security officers, and other U.S. federal partners.

“Today, critical infrastructure is all encompassing,” said Director Comey. “It is everything to our country and our world—our dams, our bridges, our highways, our networks,” he added, explaining that the threats we face to our interconnected systems—such as bioterrorism, agroterrorism, and sabotage—are as diverse as our infrastructure itself.

Comey cited examples of threats to infrastructure, to include the armed assault last April on a California power station, the 2008 attack in Mumbai in which gunmen opened fire at a number of locations, and last year’s deadly shootings at a Kenyan shopping mall. He also noted the ninth anniversary of the July 7, 2013 strikes by terrorists who bombed the London Underground and a double-decker bus in a series of coordinated suicide attacks.

“We know these threats are real,” Comey told the audience. “We must together figure out ways to protect our infrastructure, to work together to strengthen our response to a terrorist attack, a tragic accident, or a natural disaster.”

While touching on topics ranging from terrorism, cyber, and WMD threats to training, partnerships, and intelligence, Comey’s theme throughout underscored the importance of open communication and information sharing with our partners in the U.S. and abroad.

Interpol, as an international police organization, is an important partner on which the Bureau relies heavily to help combat threats of all types. The FBI, through its liaison with Interpol, is able to leverage 190 member countries to address challenges around the globe—a very important ability in a constantly evolving global threat environment.

Comey also highlighted the work of our WMD Directorate, each FBI field office’s WMD coordinator, and our two regional WMD assistant legal attachés in Tbilisi and Singapore. “They integrate our counterterrorism, intelligence, counterintelligence, scientific, and technological components and provide timely analysis of the threat and response,” Comey said. “The goal is to shrink the world to respond to the threat.”

The symposium provides the opportunity for participants to help work toward that goal. Through networking and discussions on how to coordinate and cooperate on critical infrastructure preparedness and protection efforts, attendees will strengthen existing partnerships and develop new ones. By rallying the international community around defeating a common threat, our collective chances of success increase.

Director Comey said that our greatest weapon in this fight is unity, which is developed through intelligence sharing and interagency cooperation. “It is built on the idea that standing together, we are smarter and stronger than when we are standing alone,” he said. “Because no one person—no FBI agent, no police officer, no agency, and no country—can prevent or respond to an attack on critical infrastructure alone.””

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“Nepal requests INTERPOL Red Notice for wanted rhino poacher”

December 10, 2013

INTERPOL on December 6, 2013 released the following:

“LYON, France – At the request of Nepal, INTERPOL has issued a Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, for Rajkumar Praja wanted for rhino poaching and trading internationally in rhino horns.

The 30-year-old Nepalese national is wanted to serve a sentence of 15 years for poaching rhinos in the Chitwan National Park, and the Red Notice comes after law enforcement officials in Nepal dismantled a network of 13 poachers earlier this year.

Nepal’s request for the Red Notice has been welcomed by INTERPOL’s Environmental Security unit as further evidence of the ongoing enforcement efforts by Nepalese authorities which have resulted in a sharp fall in poaching numbers and increased arrests.

“Given the increasingly international nature of wildlife crime, it is important for countries to look beyond their national borders and develop an international fugitive investigation strategy,” said David Higgins, head of the INTERPOL Environmental Security unit.

“With many criminals crossing borders, law enforcement needs to stay one step ahead to successfully address this crime. We would encourage all member countries to make increased use of INTERPOL’s global network in identifying and bringing to justice criminals who seek to profit at the cost of our environment,” added Mr Higgins.

A key area in effectively combating this type of crime is coordination with other regional and international organizations, including the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN).

“Wildlife crime is well organized at the transnational level. Collaborative efforts are essential to develop the capacity of the frontline staff to combat this crime,” said Mr Megh Bahadur Pandey, Chief Enforcement Coordinator of SAWEN and Director General of Nepal’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation.

“SAWEN Secretariat and INTERPOL have started their joint efforts to build the capacity of frontline staff in law enforcement in South Asia. SAWEN Secretariat would like to appeal to all wildlife enforcement networks and international agencies to coordinate in combating wildlife crime,” concluded Mr Pandey.

The international trade in wildlife is one of the greatest threats to wildlife conservation efforts, with criminal exploitation now pushing iconic species – such as the tiger, the snow leopard, the elephant and the rhinoceros – to the brink of extinction. INTERPOL’s Project Predator and Project Wisdom support national law enforcement efforts in addressing wildlife crime in Asia and Africa.

All 190 member countries are being encouraged to prioritize international exchange and expand their use of INTERPOL’s specialized tools including its colour-coded Notices system to investigate, locate and apprehend environmental criminals.

The recognition for global action to combat the transnational criminal organizations behind environmental crime was recently highlighted with the announcement of a USD 1 million reward by the US State Department for information leading to the dismantling of the Xaysavang Network.”

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Interpol Red Notice issued for Zsolt Hernadi, CEO of Hungary’s Energy Group MOL

October 2, 2013

Reuters on October 1, 2013 released the following:

Croatia issues Interpol arrest warrant for CEO of Hungary’s MOL

Oct 1 (Reuters) – Croatia issued an Interpol arrest warrant for the chief executive of Hungarian energy group MOL, Zsolt Hernadi, on bribery charges, state news agency Hina reported on Tuesday.

Croatia’s former prime minister, Ivo Sanader, was found guilty last year of accepting a 5 million euro ($7 million) bribe in 2008 from MOL in exchange for granting it a dominant position in oil and gas firm INA even without it buying a majority stake.

Sanader has filed an appeal. Both MOL and Sanader firmly deny the accusations.

Croatia also issued a European Arrest Warrant for Hernadi, Hina said, which makes it more likely that he would be handed over to Croatia by any other EU state.

No one at the national police headquarters in Zagreb was immediately available to comment. A MOL spokesperson declined to comment.

The warrants were issued after Hernadi failed to appear for questioning in Zagreb last month in a bribery case. A Croatian court issued a detention order last week – a precondition for issuing an international arrest warrant – citing flight risk.

Hungarian authorities have refused two requests from Croatia to question Hernadi, citing the protection of national interests and saying there was no legal reason to do so.

Hungary’s own investigation in 2011-12 found that neither MOL nor its officials played any role in the alleged bribery.

Hernadi has also denied any wrongdoing.

MOL owns close to 50 percent of INA, while the government owns almost 45 percent. Croatia says MOL’s management rights are excessive and that the Hungarian company has failed to invest adequately in INA’s development.

The two started negotiating a new shareholder agreement last month.”

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“Interpol issues ‘Red Notice’ for Britain’s terror widow on behalf of Kenyan authorities”

October 1, 2013

NBC News on September 26, 2013 released the following:

By Henry Austin, NBC News contributor

“Interpol has issued a “Red Notice,” or internationally wanted persons alert, for the British mother of three dubbed the “White Widow” at the request of authorities in Kenya.

Samantha Lewthwaite, known as “Sherafiya,” is thought to be a key member of al Shabaab, the Somalia-based militant group that has claimed responsibility for the deadly Nairobi mall siege.

She is wanted by Kenya on charges of being in possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011, according to Interpol.

Circulated to all 190 Interpol member countries, the Red Notice is one of the international crime fighting organization’s most powerful tools in tracking international fugitives.

“By requesting an Interpol Red Notice, Kenya has activated a global ‘tripwire’ for this fugitive,” said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

While the Interpol notice does not specifically cite the mall attacks, Lewthwaite was mentioned on al Shabaab’s Twitter feed before the post was taken down late Sunday.

“@HSM-PRESSOFFICE2: Sherafiyah lewthwaite aka Samantha is a very vrave (sic) lady,” it read. “were happier to have her in our ranks #westgate #AlShabaab COWARDS!”

It is not the first time Lewthwaite has been linked to attacks in Kenya, where police believe she was part of a thwarted attack on hotels in the holiday resort in Mombasa, planned for Christmas 2011.

Lewthwaite hails from Banbridge, a small town around 30 miles south of Belfast in Northern Ireland.

She is a Muslim convert whose husband Germaine Lindsay was one of three suicide bombers responsible for the July 7, 2005 London bombings.

Her mother, Christine Allen, is widely reported to have met her father, Andy Lewthwaite, while he was serving as a British soldier in the 1970s in Northern Ireland at the height of the time known as “The Troubles.”

As a child, she lived in Banbridge for two years, with her parents and older siblings Sabrina and brother John, attending a local primary school, according to the Belfast Telegraph newspaper.

Her grandmother Elizabeth Allen, who still lives near the town, told the paper that she now wears a panic alarm in case Lewthwaite reappears.

“I’ve been told by Special Branch [police officers] to contact them immediately if anything happens,” she said.

After her father left the army, they returned to the British mainland, settling in Aylesbury, a small town north of London, where family friends describe her as a “jolly girl.”

Raj Khan, a local councilor who has known Samantha for years said he finds it hard to reconcile the woman who he sees on the news, with the girl he once knew.

“She was a jolly child, and a really good person,” he told NBC News. “She was an innocent young person. She would do anything to help other people, she was a very good human being.”

He added that he fears his old friend was being demonized and that he will only pass judgment on the girl he knew if she is charged with terrorist activity.

“She was not strong-headed,” he said. “That’s why I find it absolutely amazing that she is supposed to be [involved in] an international criminal terrorist organization.”

Family friend Niknam Hussain added that she was not born into Islam, but had become interested in it after befriending a local Muslim family.

“They were a nice normal Muslim family of Pakistani origin, nothing radical about them in the slightest,” he told NBC News. “The father was a pious man who helped out in the local mosque, but they were not extreme at all. They still aren’t.”

He added that Samantha had befriended two daughters, of a similar age and spent a lot of time at the family’s home after her parents split in 1995, according to Britain’s, Daily Mail.

At around the age of 15, she had asked to become a Muslim.

“It was entirely her decision,” Hussain added. “She was not pressured or cajoled into anything. She was very keen to do something herself and as far as I know her family supported her decision and the Muslim family helped to facilitate this.

“Quite how and where she became radicalized, I don’t know, but it certainly wasn’t here. The family still goes to the mosque but they are normal members of society. The brothers are both mechanics and the daughters who were friends with Samantha are now housewives.”

In an interview with Britain’s The Sun tabloid, Lewthwaite said she met suicide bomber and fellow Muslim convert, Germaine Lindsay in an online chat room when she was 17 and the pair were married three years later.

After the coordinated suicide attacks which killed 52 and injured over 700 on July 7, 2005, she publicly denounced her 20-year-old husband.

“She seemed genuine,” Hussain said. “She went back to her family so I think they had a very strong relationship.”

But then she disappeared.

Nothing was known of her whereabouts until earlier this year when it emerged that she had gone on the run after police foiled a plot to blow up Western tourist targets near the Kenyan resort of Mombassa.

When British national Jermaine Grant and Kenyan Fouad Manswab were arrested in December 2011, police allegedly found ingredients identical to those used in the London bombings, according to Britain’s Daily Telegraph.

Under questioning, both men claimed they were acting under the direction of Lewthwaite who somehow managed to avoid arrest.

So fearful of her influence were Kenyan authorities that when her accused co-conspirator originally came to trial, the case was moved to a high security court because of a new “security threat,” Jacob Ondari, the deputy public prosecutor, told Mombasa magistrates’ according to Kenya’s The Nation newspaper.

He was due in court again on Monday, but it was unclear if the trial started again due to the hostage crisis.

“We know that Fouad is in touch with Samantha Lewthwaite, and they were planning to rescue their accomplice,” Ondari told reporters.

But in a March 2012 interview with The Sun, Lewthwaite’s father Andy denied that she would have anything to do with the plot.

“Samantha would not be involved in anything to do with terrorism. She was badly affected by what happened before and would have nothing to do with it. I am sure of that,” he told them, although he admitted he hadn’t heard from his daughter for some time.

Since then Lewthwaite has been on the run for 15 months and it was thought that she was in Tanzania or Somalia. British and Kenyan media are now reporting that she is a suspect in the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi.”

A copy of the Red Notice may be found here.

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“INTERPOL issues Red Notice for arrest of Samantha Lewthwaite at Kenya’s request”

September 26, 2013

INTERPOL on September 26, 2013 released the following:

“Public’s help in identifying and locating ‘White Widow’ fugitive crucial, says INTERPOL Chief

LYON, France – An INTERPOL Red Notice, or internationally wanted persons alert, has been issued for UK national Samantha Lewthwaite at the request of authorities in Kenya.

Lewthwaite, aged 29, who is also believed to use the alias ‘Natalie Webb’, is wanted by Kenya on charges of being in possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011.

Circulated to all 190 INTERPOL member countries, the Red Notice represents one of INTERPOL’s most powerful tools in tracking international fugitives.

“By requesting an INTERPOL Red Notice, Kenya has activated a global ‘tripwire’ for this fugitive,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“Through the INTERPOL Red Notice, Kenyan authorities have ensured that all 190 member countries are aware of the danger posed by this woman, not just across the region but also worldwide,” said the Head of INTERPOL.

Containing identification details and judicial information about a wanted person, INTERPOL Red Notices communicate to police worldwide that a person is wanted by a member country and request that the suspect be placed under provisional arrest pending extradition.

Secretary General Noble said the publication of the Red Notice for Samantha Lewthwaite meant that the public could also play a crucial role in providing information to law enforcement to help identify and locate her.

With Lewthwaite previously only wanted at the national level for alleged possession of a fraudulently obtained South African passport, Secretary General Noble said this case underlined the ‘invisible threat’ posed by terrorists and criminals travelling internationally using illicit passports.

“Every year hundreds of millions of individuals are boarding international transport and crossing borders without having the authenticity of their travel or identity document checked. This dramatically compromises our ability to effectively screen and identify at airports and land crossings those individuals who could be suspected criminals and terrorists,” said Mr Noble.

The INTERPOL Chief pointed to a significant gap in international security by highlighting that despite approximately 1.1 billion international trips being made in 2012, only 700 million travel documents were screened against INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database which currently contains more than 38.5 million records from 166 countries.

“Until this glaring hole in global security is properly addressed, no country in the world can consider itself safe from terrorists and other criminals crossing borders to harm their citizens and visitors,” concluded Secretary General Noble.

Samantha Lewthwaite is the widow of Germaine Lindsay, one of the four bombers involved in the 7 July terror attacks in London in 2005, in which 52 people were killed and hundreds more injured.”

A copy of the Red Notice may be found here.

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“Afghan bank employee suspected of stealing £700,000”

September 4, 2013

The Guardian on September 4, 2013 released the following:

By: Associated Press in Kabul

Interpol red notice issued for woman believed to have travelled to India after allegedly transferring funds to relatives’ accounts

Afghan police are trying to trace a bank employee suspected of transferring $1.1m (£700,000) from the bank’s coffers to the accounts of relatives.

Shokofa Salehi, 22, worked in the money transfer division at the headquarters of Azizi Bank in Kabul. She disappeared around two months ago, said Azizi’s chief executive, Inayatullah Fazli.

At least nine other people are believed to be involved in the case. “They are a mafia group,” Fazli alleged.

The revelations are another blow to Afghanistan’s banking sector, in which corruption has unravelled one major institution and there are ongoing security threats from militants and criminals.

An Interpol red notice – the equivalent of an international arrest warrant – says authorities are seeking Salehi, who had worked at the bank for three years, on charges of fraud and misusing her authority. Afghan officials believe she used fake documents under the name Samira to travel to India after transferring the money. Her current whereabouts are unknown.

Two suspects in the case have been detained in Dubai. General Aminullah Amarkhail, a senior Afghan police official, said counterparts in Dubai and India were assisting in the hunt for Salehi and the remaining suspects, one of whom is alleged to have invested $850,000 in several ventures in Dubai.

Amarkhail said Salehi’s parents, who are among the missing suspects, were believed to have returned to Kabul after travelling with their daughter to India.

Azizi Bank, which launched in 2006, has more than 1,500 employees, 20% of them female, and claims to play “a quiet but effective role in women’s emancipation and empowerment”. It boasts on its website that it is “the bank you can trust”.

Salehi’s alleged theft is small fry in comparison to past examples of corruption in Afghanistan’s banking sector. In 2010 regulators seized Kabul Bank, Afghanistan’s largest lender, amid allegations of graft. Its bailout equated to more than 5% of Afghanistan’s gross domestic product, making it one of the largest banking failures in the world in relative terms.

An independent report described Kabul Bank as being run like a Ponzi scheme. Investigators said $861m in fraudulent loans had disappeared into the pockets of associates of the men behind the bank.

Banks in Afghanistan have also been targeted by criminal gangs and suicide bombers drawn to gatherings of government employees drawing or cashing their paychecks.”

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“Karnataka seeks Interpol help to get terror suspects”

October 31, 2012

Gulf Times on October 29, 2012 released the following:

“Police in Karnataka are seeking the help of Interpol to extradite from Saudi Arabia three terror suspects wanted for their alleged role in planning to attack politicians, religious heads and journalists in the state, a senior police official said yesterday.

“We are in the process of approaching the Interpol to issue Red Corner notices against the three suspects, including one from Hyderabad, as we have secured non-bailable warrants against them from a local court here,” the official said on the condition of anonymity.

The three are Mohamed Abdul Majeed, 47, Usman Ghani 32, and Mohamed Shaheed Faisal, 27, who are currently in the kingdom.

Majeed’s younger brothers Mohamed Abdul Shaheed and Mohamed Shaheed Faisal were killed in Pakistan in August 2007 for being involved in terror activities.

“We have requested the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to issue the Interpol Red Corner notices to extradite the three men from Saudi Arabia. We want to interrogate them for their alleged links with 18 other terror suspects who were arrested between August 29 and September 3 for allegedly plotting to assassinate some prominent politicians, senior journalists and religious leaders in the state,” the official said.

Among the terror suspects, 12 were arrested in Bangalore, two from Hubli, about 410km from here, two from Hyderabad and four from Nanded in Maharashtra.

“The interrogation of the terror suspects revealed that the trio was involved in hiring activists of the banned Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) outfit for carrying out terror attacks in the state,” the official added.

“The two youths from Hubli were sent to Pakistan in December 2011 for training and joining the terror elements of Afghanistan such as the Taliban,” the official said.

Ghani, a doctor from Bangalore, was allegedly detained on October 8 in Riyadh by Saudi police at the behest of the Indian government and on the advice of the state police, according to his mother here.

Ghani went to Saudi Arabia in late 2008 to join the National Guard military hospital in Riyadh as an anaesthetist after working for three years at St John’s hospital and three months at Apollo hospital in Bangalore. He also worked earlier at Seventh Day Adventist Hospital at Ottapalam in Kerala for 10 months.

Faisal, alias Zakeer, and Majeed alias Ustad however, had no previous police record.

A Red Corner notice has already been issued against the fourth person named Farhatullah Ghori, 49, from Hyderabad for allegedly sending two of the recruited youth to Pakistan for training in carrying out terror acts in the country.”

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Police Seek Interpol’s Help to Issue Red-Corner Notices (Red Notice)

October 29, 2012

The Times of India on October 29, 2012 released the following:

Cops turn to Interpol for 3 suspects

BANGALORE: Police have sought the help of Interpol to issue red-corner notices for three terror suspects allegedly involved with the terror modules busted in August-September.

The suspects are believed to be in Saudi Arabia, police said. In fact, one of them has been detained by Saudi authorities , they added.

B Dayananda, joint commissioner of police (east) and in charge of the central crime branch which is probing the terror modules, confirmed that police were in the process of getting the red-corner notices issued against the suspects.

CBI told to issue alert notice

The city police have asked the CBI to issue red-corner notices for interrogating the three suspects – Mohammad Abdul Majeed, 47; Usman Ghani, 32; and Mohammad Shaheed Faisal, 27 – who were allegedly involved with the terror cells busted in August-September.

“We have asked the CBI to issue red-corner notices for interrogating these men,” said B Dayananda, joint commissioner of police (east) and in charge of the central crime branch, which is investigating the busted terror modules. The CBI is the representative body of the Interpol, as the International Criminal Police Organization, based in Lyon, France, is known.

Police sources said they have already obtained nonbailable warrants against these men from a Bangalore court.

The three men are suspected to have been allegedly indoctrinated most of the 14 suspects arrested in Hubli and Bangalore, said sources. The men were planning to target a few prominent individuals in the state. The name of one of the three absconding men, Mohammad Shaheed Faisal, had prominently figured during the interrogations of the arrested suspects.

Faisal, known by other aliases like Zaheed, Ustaad and Commander, was believed to have spoken to the 14 suspects on their recruitment and briefed them on the plots they had to execute. He is also believed to have given them two guns. Ghani is said to be in the custody of Saudi police.”

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India to seek more teeth for Interpol at Rome meet

October 20, 2012

The Times of India on October 20, 2012 released the following:

By: Vishwa Mohan, TNN

“NEW DELHI: With the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind and LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and his ilk in mind, India will ask Interpol member countries to make the global police body more effective in terms of honouring pending Red Corner Notices (RCNs) against fugitives, including terrorists.

India’s demand and concerns will be articulated by the home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who will attend the Interpol General Assembly session to be held in Rome from November 5 to 8.

Hafiz Saaed alias Syed Hafiz Saab has not only been roaming free in full public view in Pakistan ever since the Interpol Notice was issued against him at India’s behest in 2009, but also been provided security by state authorities within the country.

“Saeed’s case makes a mockery of the RCN system which expects a member country to put the fugitive under arrest. It, therefore, prompts New Delhi to flag the issue at the gathering in Rome, seeking more power for the international police body,” said an official, who is engaged in finalizing details of Shinde’s visit.

Shinde is proposed to seek more teeth for the global police body in the ministerial meeting, which is to be part of the Interpol’s 81st General Assembly.

The matter, besides other issues including concerns over cyber crime and circulation\printing of fake currency notes, will be highlighted during the General Assembly meetings by the Indian delegation, consisting of senior officers of home ministry and CBI.

At present, the Interpol has 190 member countries, including Pakistan. Justice, security and home ministers from over 100 countries will participate in the General Assembly which is to be opened, for the first time, with a ministerial meeting.

Though over 160 Interpol RCNs are pending against fugitives wanted by Indian law enforcement agencies, New Delhi is specifically concerned about over 45 terrorists who are suspected to be holed up in Pakistan. Besides Saeed, the list includes 1993 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Dawood Ibrahim, hijackers of IC-814 flight, members of Indian Mujahideen, LeT and Khalistani terrorist groups.

Those who are not in public view may give Pakistan a benefit of doubt as the country never accepts their presence within its territory. “But, the presence of Saeed marks the ineffectiveness of the Interpol institutional arrangement where majority of the member countries consider Red Corner Notice to be a valid request for provisional arrest,” added the official.

Case of four Iranians, wanted in connection with the February 13 bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat’s car here, is also a concern for Indian agencies that had got RCNs issued against them in March.

Though Tehran has promised New Delhi to cooperate in the probe, Indian agencies are skeptical of Iran’s effort to trace four of its nationals. These four suspects are: Mohammadreza Abolghashemi, Houshang Afshar Irani, Seyed Ali Mahdiansadr and Masoud Sedaghatzadeh.”

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