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23 September 2010 - Media release

Sudan police chief visit to INTERPOL seeks to boost national and regional security through international support

LYON, France – Identifying ways to further enhance co-operation between Sudan and INTERPOL in combating national and transnational crime was the focus of a visit by the police chief to the world police body’s headquarters today.

Discussions between Director General of the Sudan Police Forces, First Lieutenant General Hashim Osman Al-Hussein Saad and Secretary General Ronald K. Noble included expansion of access to INTERPOL’s global databases to key sites throughout Sudan, including border control points at air and sea ports, to enable frontline officers to immediately detect if a traveller is wanted internationally or attempting to enter the country on a fraudulent document.

Sudan’s recognition and use of INTERPOL’s tools were commended by Secretary General Noble, citing the example of the request by Sudanese police authorities for an international security alert, or Orange Notice, immediately following the escape in June of four dangerous prisoners sentenced to death for the murder of a US aid official and his driver.

Their swift reactions in alerting the global law enforcement community to these dangerous fugitives, who had killed one police officer and injured another during the breakout, were ‘of the highest policing standards’, said Mr Noble.

The Sudanese delegation, which included Director of International Relations, Lieutenant General Hamid Mannan Mohammed Almerghani, and Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Khartoum, Brigadier Moutasim Abdel-Rahman Abdalla, was also briefed on INTERPOL’s activities across the African region, including recent operations targeting counterfeit medical products and stolen motor vehicles.

The meeting at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon comes ahead of the Eastern African Police Chiefs’ Co-operation Organization (EAPCCO) meeting which Sudan will host from 16-21 October and which will be attended and supported by INTERPOL.