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29 March 2013 - Media release

INTERPOL commends arrest of suspected jewel thieves upon their landing in Kiev

LYON, France – The arrest at Ukraine's international airport of two fugitives wanted in the United Arab Emirates for a substantial jewelry theft highlights the essential role of swift international police cooperation and intelligence sharing via INTERPOL, a senior INTERPOL official has said.

The two wanted men, one Turkish and the other Azerbaijani, were the subject of a global alert known as an INTERPOL diffusion issued by INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Abu Dhabi.

They were detained in Kiev following close coordination by INTERPOL’s Command and Coordination Centre (CCC) with its NCBs in Abu Dhabi and Kiev, as well as with its Middle East and North Africa sub-directorate, to locate the two wanted fugitives while they were on a flight destined for Kiev.

Suspected stolen goods, including jewelry, were recovered from the two suspects upon their arrival and detention at Kiev airport.

“This case demonstrates the very real and valuable results which can be achieved by INTERPOL member countries working together, especially when supported by INTERPOL’s Command and Coordination Centre and global policing tools,” said INTERPOL's Director for Operational Support, Mick O'Connell.

"INTERPOL's National Central Bureaus in Abu Dhabi and Kiev, and the law enforcement authorities in Dubai and Ukraine are to be commended for their role in sharing vital identifying information with INTERPOL's global network to apprehend these two international fugitives," said Mr O'Connell.

INTERPOL’s Command and Coordination Centre is the operations room at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters. Operating together with a second CCC site which opened in 2011 at the INTERPOL Regional Bureau in Buenos Aires, Argentina, it offers a vital point of contact for any member country seeking urgent police information, services or facing a crisis situation.