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10 February 2009 - Media release

INTERPOL issues unprecedented global alert for 85 terrorist suspects wanted by Saudi Arabia

LYON, France – An international security alert, known as an Orange Notice, has been issued by INTERPOL for 85 terrorists suspected of plotting attacks against Saudi Arabia from abroad. 

INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters published the global alert at the request of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The 83 Saudis and two Yemenis are wanted at the national level by Saudi Arabia on terrorism-related charges, including links to al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia, as well as in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

General Mansoor Al-Turki, a spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Interior, said that INTERPOL was asked for assistance because its global police network and tools provided essential elements for locating and detaining fugitives for their eventual extradition to Saudi Arabia. He also urged the suspects to turn themselves in.

INTERPOL’s Orange Notice, sent to all of its 187 member countries, includes identifying details of each of the terror suspects to help law enforcement officers worldwide in their search and eventual identification when located and arrested.

“By asking for INTERPOL's assistance, Saudi Arabia wishes to ensure that all INTERPOL member countries are made aware that these men are dangerous and that their activities represent a security concern not only for Saudi Arabia and the entire region but also for the world as a whole,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“Never before has INTERPOL been asked to alert the world about so many dangerous fugitives at one time; we know that we are approaching the 16th anniversary of the first World Trade Center bombing on 26 February 2009 and therefore must be especially vigilant of fugitive al Qaeda terrorists,” said Secretary General Noble.

More than 5,000 fugitives wanted by INTERPOL were arrested in 2008. There are currently more than 13,000 persons listed in INTERPOL’s database of individuals linked to terrorist activities. 

The Orange Notice was originally created to warn police, public entities and other international organizations of potential threats related to disguised weapons, explosives and other dangerous materials; however, it can also be issued by INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon for any act or event which poses a risk to the safety and security of citizens around the world.

INTERPOL’s 75th General Assembly meeting in Brazil in 2006 urged member countries to immediately inform the global law enforcement community via INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters whenever there are suspected terrorists on the loose who could pose a danger to the police and citizens of any country to which the suspects might flee; and to immediately provide information to other member countries via the General Secretariat headquarters to issue a security alert, to help law enforcement worldwide to identify, locate, and apprehend the suspects.