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03 May 2008

INTERPOL global alert issued for escaped murderer from Slovenia

INTERPOL has issued a worldwide alert for a convicted murderer, considered as dangerous, who escaped from a Slovenian prison on May 1.

Following the breakout of Janko Petrovic from Dob prison near Ljubljana, the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Slovenia and the Command and Co-ordination Centre in Lyon, France sent out a warning to all 186 member countries in all four official languages.

'Alerting law enforcement authorities and members of the public about the escape of a prisoner is one of INTERPOL’s most important roles,' said INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services, Jean-Michel Louboutin.

'As we have seen with the capture this week of two escaped prisoners in Morocco and Mauritania, who were both subject to INTERPOL alerts, making sure that information about fugitives is available to officers on the ground is the essential factor in ensuring that dangerous criminals are caught.

'The quick action by Slovenian authorities in alerting the global law enforcement community to the escape of this dangerous individual will significantly help in efforts to locate and arrest him.'

A resolution underlining the need for member countries to alert the General Secretariat to prison escapes of suspected terrorists and other dangerous criminals was adopted at the INTERPOL General Assembly in 2006.