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07 February 2013 - Media release

South Sudan commitment to combating transnational crime lauded by INTERPOL Head

JUBA, South Sudan – In his first mission to South Sudan, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said the country’s joining the world police body just 104 days after gaining independence was a clear demonstration of its commitment to the global effort against transnational crime.

Addressing senior police and other law enforcement officials, the INTERPOL head also pointed to South Sudan’s recent cooperation with Somalia via INTERPOL which resulted in the swift identification and extradition of a fugitive murder suspect as a recent example of the benefit to South Sudan and the world community of cooperation via INTERPOL.

With South Sudan among the world police body’s newest member countries, having joined the organization in 2011, Mr Noble said, “South Sudan’s commitment to join INTERPOL has already strengthened the regional and indeed global effort to fight transnational crime as seen through this recent successful arrest and extradition of a suspected murderer.

“The road ahead is long, but the seeds of its cooperation are promising and INTERPOL will do everything possible to serve and assist law enforcement institutions in South Sudan in their endeavours to fight crime,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

During his visit to South Sudan – making it the 158th member country visited since first being elected Secretary General in 2000 – Mr Noble met with the country’s Minister of the Interior, General Alison Manani Magaya, to identify areas where INTERPOL can provide additional support to national law enforcement efforts, particularly in the area of capacity building and police training.

Secretary General Noble also met with the Deputy Minister of the Interior, Salva Mathok Gengdit, and the newly appointed Inspector General of the South Sudan National Police Service, Lieutenant General Pieng Deng Kuol. He also visited staff at the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Juba.