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04 May 2008

Slovenian police capture escaped murderer subject of INTERPOL global alert

Police in Slovenia have captured a convicted murderer who escaped from prison on May 1 and who was the subject of an INTERPOL global alert.

The INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Ljubljana confirmed that Janko Petrovic, who broke out from Dob prison where he was serving an 11 year sentence for murder, was arrested in the eastern town of Ajdovscina on the evening of Saturday, 3 May and has now been returned to jail.

'The Slovenian authorities are to be commended, not only for the swift capture of this dangerous criminal, but also for ensuring that law enforcement officers around the world had been alerted to his escape if he had made an attempt to enter any other country,' said INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services, Jean-Michel Louboutin.

Petrovic is the third escaped prisoner who was the subject of an INTERPOL global alert to be captured this week. Sidi Ould Sidna, charged in connection with the murder of four French tourists in December 2007 was arrested in Mauritania on 30 April, following his escape earlier that month. On 1 May, Moroccan police captured Mohammed Chatbi, who had broken out of a Moroccan prison where he was serving 20 years for his involvement in the 2003 Casablanca suicide bombings.