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16 November 2012 - Media release

INTERPOL chief commends Bulgaria on the work of its police in fighting transnational organized crime

SOFIA, Bulgaria – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has complimented Bulgaria's Ministry of Interior and police in fighting all forms of serious crime and has called for a renewed global effort by INTERPOL member countries to help Bulgaria identify those behind the terrorist bombing attack on an Israeli tour bus in Burgas in August which left six dead and more than 30 injured.

Following Mr Noble’s meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov in the capital Sofia today, it was also announced that INTERPOL will provide support to Bulgarian authorities in expanding access to its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database to tourist destinations across the country.

This will enable real-time checks to be conducted against the database, which currently contains nearly 35 million entries from 166 countries, to verify whether an individual is travelling on a fraudulent document, or is wanted internationally.

“This joint project between the Bulgarian Interior Ministry and INTERPOL is aimed at improving the security of resorts and holiday complexes, which is very important for Bulgaria,” said Deputy Prime Minister Tsvetanov.

“To effectively combat crime and protect its citizens and visitors, countries need the assistance and support of their partners around the world and Bulgaria will continue to work closely with INTERPOL in continuing this cooperation,” added the Minister.

Commending the Bulgarian authorities for the proposed expansion of INTERPOL’s services, Secretary General Noble said: “Since attending the 2003 INTERPOL General Assembly as the Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior, Prime Minister Borissov has repeatedly shown his support to international law enforcement, and the decision to make INTERPOL’s vital policing tools even more accessible is another example of his commitment to the safety and security of citizens and visitors to Bulgaria.”

The Head of INTERPOL  added that the world police body would continue to offer its full support to the investigation into the Burgas terrorist bombing attack.

In addition to publishing a computer-generated image of the suspected terrorist, at the request of Bulgarian police INTERPOL has issued a Black Notice – used to seek information about unidentified corpses – to all of its 190 National Central Bureaus worldwide in all four official languages, and also made public the driving licence photo and computer-generated image of his suspected accomplice.

“Despite the efforts of the Bulgarian authorities who have been working closely with INTERPOL and the other involved countries, nearly four months after this appalling attack, the man who murdered five Israelis and a Bulgarian has still not been identified. Law enforcement and the public must do more if those responsible are to be brought to justice,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

During his mission to Sofia, Secretary General Noble also visited the International Operational Cooperation Department and met with staff at the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Sofia.

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