“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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No quick fix to fighting sports corruption, INTERPOL chief tells FIFA Congress

May 26, 2012

INTERPOL on May 25, 2012 released the following:

“BUDAPEST, Hungary – The increased involvement of transnational organized crime in illegal gambling and match fixing has made corruption in sport a global threat affecting the security of people worldwide, the INTERPOL chief told officials at the 2012 FIFA Congress.

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble told the meeting of world football nations that corruption in sport today affects more than just the reputations and livelihoods of sport professionals and associations.

“As a result of transnational organized crime’s global reach, of the huge profits associated with illegal gambling, of the vulnerability of players and of the internet, which has made gambling on matches anywhere in the world extremely easy and accessible, we are seeing more and more cases of match fixing and suspicious results,” said Secretary General Noble.

“INTERPOL and FIFA recognized the growing scale of the problem and it was apparent that if both organizations acted quickly and forcefully, we could reassure football players and fans that this serious problem needed to be dealt with in a comprehensive and long-term manner,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said: “We are very grateful to INTERPOL and to its Secretary General Ronald K. Noble for the tremendous support they have given us so far, and we are very pleased with the results of our partnership, especially in the fight against match-fixing.

“We know that this is a crucial fight in which we need to help each other to be successful and to keep our sport clean. We look forward to continue working closely together to achieve this goal,” added Mr Blatter.

A guest of honour at the FIFA Congress, Italian footballer Simone Farina, who in November 2011 reported an attempted match fixing bribe to police, was recognized by INTERPOL earlier this year with the presentation of a Commemorative Medal. As part of INTERPOL’s ‘Fund for a Safer World,’ the medal acknowledges those who make an effective contribution to crime prevention and law enforcement at the local, national and global level.

“Corruption in sport is a very complex problem for which there is no quick fix. This is why it is crucial that in addition to the ongoing enforcement efforts, we continue to intensify our efforts towards prevention,” said Mr Noble pointing to the results achieved following the INTERPOL-FIFA partnership one year ago.

Key developments include the creation of a dedicated INTERPOL unit tasked with engaging law enforcement worldwide and developing information platforms to ensure that the INTERPOL-FIFA Training, Education and Prevention Initiative reaches the largest possible audience.

The Integrity in Sports unit has brought together specialists from law enforcement, sports and the betting industry for expert meetings and held the pilot national training workshop for police, players, referees, regulators and academic institutions.

By the end of 2012, training will be provided to referees and assistants for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil in addition to the launch of an online learning programme designed as a preventative tool for players who may be targeted by criminals seeking to manipulate the outcome of a game.

Throughout Euro 2012, in addition to the deployment of an INTERPOL Major Events Support Team to Poland and Ukraine, INTERPOL will also be running operation SOGA – short for soccer gambling – targeting illegal football gambling across Southeast Asia.

The three previous SOGA operations conducted in the region during major soccer tournaments have resulted in nearly 7,000 arrests, the seizure of more than 26 million US dollars in cash and the closure of illegal gambling dens which handled more than two billion dollars’ worth of bets.”

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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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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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Head of UK crime agency’s visit to INTERPOL focuses on security cooperation ahead of London Olympics

March 12, 2012

INTERPOL on March 9, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – Security at the upcoming London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics was a key area for discussion during today’s meeting between the Director General of the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Trevor Pearce, and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

During his visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters, the SOCA Chief was briefed on INTERPOL’s range of tools and services which will be provided as part of the security arrangements for the Summer Games in July and August, when INTERPOL will deploy a Major Events Support Team to London.

“INTERPOL is a key international partner in the fight against transnational crime. Cooperation and the exchange of information between countries on issues such as terrorism, illegal immigration and border protection are vital elements in our action against these,” said Trevor Pearce.

“INTERPOL and the UK already benefit from a strong relationship in many areas, and today’s meeting with Mr Pearce has served to further underline our joint commitment to working even more closely together, particularly during the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Mr Noble.

In this respect, the Head of INTERPOL praised the UK’s ‘exemplary’ efforts in its use of the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database, with the country ranking amongst the top four of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries in searching and contributing intelligence to the database.

The SLTD database – the only one of its kind in the world – currently contains almost 32 million records from 162 countries.

Mr Pearce was accompanied by SOCA’s Executive Director, Strategy and Prevention, Gerry Liddell, and by David Armond, Head of SOCA’s International Directorate.”

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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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