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31 August 2014

Combating wildlife crime in South Asia focus of Nepal meeting

KATHMANDU, Nepal – Formulating a collaborative strategy against wildlife crime was the focus of the second annual meeting of the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN), which brought together more than 50 wildlife experts and representatives from countries in the region, as well as from INTERPOL and other international organizations. Officials me...
18 July 2014

Illegal gambling networks across Asia targeted in INTERPOL-led operation

LYON, France – An INTERPOL-coordinated operation targeting illegal soccer gambling networks across Asia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup has resulted in more than 1,400 arrests and the seizure of almost USD 12 million.During the six-week operation, law enforcement officers from China, Hong Kong (China), Macao (China), Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam carried...
02 May 2014

INTERPOL-coordinated operation strikes back at ‘sextortion’ networks

MANILA, Philippines - An INTERPOL-coordinated operation targeting organized crime networks behind ‘sextortion’ cases around the world has resulted in the arrest of 58 individuals, including three men linked to the group which harassed Scottish teenager Daniel Perry.   Perry, a 17-year-old victim of an online blackmail attempt, died after jumping off...
30 April 2014

International police cooperation focus of first mission to China by INTERPOL President

BEIJING, China – During her first official mission to China, INTERPOL President Mireille Ballestrazzi met with senior government and law enforcement officials to identify current and future areas for increased international law enforcement cooperation via the world police body.During her two-day (28 and 29 April) mission, President Ballestrazzi met with M...
16 April 2014

INTERPOL offers assistance following South Korean ferry disaster

LYON, France – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has offered condolences to the families of the dead and missing in today’s ferry disaster in South Korea, and pledged INTERPOL’s full support to victim identification efforts.Reports said the ferry, carrying 459 passengers and crew members, capsized while travelling to the resort island of Jeju. As...
28 March 2014

INTERPOL rejects claim attributed to Malaysia that checking INTERPOL's databases may have slowed immigration checks

LYON, France – Malaysia’s decision not to consult INTERPOL's Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database before allowing travellers to enter the country or board planes cannot be defended by falsely blaming technology or INTERPOL. If there is any responsibility or blame for this failure, it rests solely with Malaysia's Immigration Department.INTERPOL...
20 March 2014

INTERPOL-supported operation in Qatar leads to major seizure of illicit goods

LYON, France – Tens of thousands of counterfeit products were seized across Qatar during the first INTERPOL-coordinated operation to combat trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting held in the Middle East.Carried out in partnership with the Qatar Ministry of Interior and the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Doha, Operation Al Shaheen (mean...
12 March 2014

Transnational threat of foreign fighters requires global response, INTERPOL Chief tells Baghdad conference

BAGHDAD, Iraq – The transnational threat of foreign fighters targeting Iraq and other countries is a global shared responsibility, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has told the International Solidarity to Fight Terrorism Conference in Baghdad.During his first mission to Iraq, the INTERPOL Chief said that with the increasing number of suicide and...
09 March 2014

INTERPOL confirms at least two stolen passports used by passengers on missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370 were registered in its databases

LYON, France ‒ INTERPOL can confirm that at least two passports – Austrian and Italian – recorded in its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database were used by passengers on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370.The Austrian and Italian passports were added to INTERPOL’s SLTD database after their theft in Thailand in 2012 and 2013 respectiv...
26 February 2014

Yemen underscores cooperation with INTERPOL by implementing travel document

LYON, France – Underlining Yemen’s commitment to global security and international police cooperation, Head of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Yemen, Ali Mansoor Alshamiri signed an official agreement to implement the INTERPOL Travel Document during his visit to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters.The agreement, signed b...
24 February 2014

Preventing use of stolen passports by terrorists and criminals key to global security, says INTERPOL Chief

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Trends such as the rise in international travel have led to an increase in identity theft, and law enforcement must collaborate with the private sector to protect citizens, the Head of INTERPOL told an international forum on identity security.   Speaking at the seventh Annual ID WORLD Summit (24 and 25 February), IN...
28 January 2014

Global security dialogue via INTERPOL focus of Beirut meeting with banking association

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Top officials from INTERPOL and the INTERPOL Foundation for a Safer World have met in Beirut with directors of the Association of Banks in Lebanon (ABL) as part of a collaborative dialogue on ‘Banking: Threats and Remedies’.As INTERPOL and the INTERPOL Foundation for a Safer World work to identify priorities and activities on which they...
28 January 2014

Tackling emerging trends in terrorism focus of INTERPOL convention

SYDNEY, Australia – Identifying emerging trends in terrorism and transnational crime to develop a global coordinated response is the focus of the INTERPOL Global security and Counter-terrorism Convention.More than 200 police chiefs, heads of counter-terrorism units and international experts from academic, governmental and private sector institutions from...
20 January 2014

Media invitation to the INTERPOL Global Security and Counter-terrorism Convention

LYON, France - Police chiefs, heads of counter-terrorism units and international experts from academic, governmental and private sector institutions will gather in Sydney, Australia from 28 - 30 January for the INTERPOL Global Security and Counter-terrorism Convention.Supported by the Canadian Government and Australian Federal Police (AFP), the event is a...
18 January 2014

INTERPOL Chief condemns deadly Kabul attack

LYON, France – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has condemned Friday evening’s terrorist attack on a restaurant in Kabul in which more than 20 people were reportedly killed, and a number of others injured.Reports said the Taliban claimed responsibility for this attack targeting civilians late on Friday in which both Afghan and foreign nationals...
17 January 2014

Enhancing fugitive investigations focus of INTERPOL workshop for North Africa and Middle East

LYON, France – Enhancing fugitive investigations and developing best practice was the focus of a workshop at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters for officers from North Africa and the Middle East.The five-day (13 – 17 January) meeting brought together 24 officials dealing with international search requests and fugitives in order to better develo...
14 January 2014

Qatar requests first INTERPOL notice for illicit trade offences

LYON, France – Qatar has become the first country to request an INTERPOL Purple Notice in connection with illicit trade after the seizure of a machine used to change expiry dates on food and drink.An investigation was launched following a routine store check by the Consumer Protection Department when an Inspector noticed the validity information printed o...
23 December 2013

INTERPOL Red Notice subject arrested in security operation during Southeast Asia Games

LYON, France – A check against INTERPOL’s databases as part of security operations surrounding the Southeast (SEA) Games in Myanmar has led to the identification and arrest of a US fugitive in the Philippines.The 45-year-old man, the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for internationally wanted persons issued at the request of NCB Washington for financial...
06 December 2013

Nepal requests INTERPOL Red Notice for wanted rhino poacher

LYON, France – At the request of Nepal, INTERPOL has issued a Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, for Rajkumar Praja wanted for rhino poaching and trading internationally in rhino horns.The 30-year-old Nepalese national is wanted to serve a sentence of 15 years for poaching rhinos in the Chitwan National Park, and the Red Notice comes after...
05 December 2013

Countries unite to identify illegal fishing vessel via INTERPOL

LYON, France – A joint effort by New Zealand, Australia and Norway to find a vessel suspected of illegal fishing has led to the publication of an INTERPOL Purple Notice to assist in identifying its location.Circulated to all 190 INTERPOL member countries the Notice, requested by New Zealand supported by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA)...
29 November 2013

Dubai selection as host for 2020 World Expo welcomed by INTERPOL

DUBAI, UAE – The announcement that the 2020 World Expo will be held in Dubai, which recently hosted the first INTERPOL Intellectual Property Crimes Workshop in the Middle East, has been welcomed by the world police body.INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble congratulated the United Arab Emirates on becoming the first Middle Eastern country to stage t...
26 November 2013

First INTERPOL workshop in Dubai underlines region’s strategic role against illicit trade

DUBAI, UAE  – Senior law enforcement officials from the United Arab Emirates have gathered in Dubai for the first INTERPOL Intellectual Property Crimes Workshop in the Middle East to identify how authorities across the region can work more closely via INTERPOL to combat transnational organized illicit trade.Co-organized with the Emirates Intellectual...
19 November 2013

INTERPOL deploys team to Philippines to assess disaster victim identification needs after Typhoon Haiyan

LYON, France – An INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT) has been deployed to the Philippines to help assess the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) requirements following Typhoon Haiyan which has left thousands of people dead, missing and displaced.At the request of the Philippine authorities the INTERPOL team, which includes specialists from the General...
14 November 2013

Investigating and preventing chemical and explosives terrorism focus of INTERPOL training in Georgia

TBILISI, Georgia – Enhancing regional preparedness throughout Central Asia, the Southern Caucasus and Southeastern Europe to respond and investigate a chemical and explosives terrorist attack was the focus of an INTERPOL training course.The four-day (4 – 7 November) course organized by INTERPOL’s Chemical and Explosives (ChemEx) Terrorism Prevention Unit...
16 October 2013

Enhancing collaboration focus of INTERPOL training on pharmaceutical crime

GHAZIABAD, India – Encouraging greater international cooperation in the fight against pharmaceutical crime was the focus of INTERPOL’s first training course on this type of crime held in India.The three-day event (8-10 October), organized by INTERPOL’s Medical Product Counterfeiting and Pharmaceutical Crime (MPCPC) Sub-directorate and the Indian Central B...
11 October 2013

Chinese Ministry of Public Security visit to INTERPOL underlines key role of international law enforcement cooperation

LYON, France – The Director General of the International Cooperation Department, Chinese Ministry of Public Security, has met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters to discuss security measures aimed at enhancing international cooperation against transnational crime.The visit by Director General Jing...
04 October 2013

Bahrain million dollar watch raid suspects arrested following issue of INTERPOL Red Notices

LYON, France – Three men suspected of being part of a gang which robbed a Rolex shop in Bahrain whilst disguised as women have been arrested in Albania and Bahrain following the issue of INTERPOL Red Notices or internationally wanted persons alerts.The six thieves broke into the shop in the city centre mall after it closed at 10pm, and attacked and injure...
01 October 2013

Jordan marks close cooperation with INTERPOL with formal recognition of travel document

LYON, France – Emphasizing Jordan’s commitment to international law enforcement cooperation, Jordan’s Director of Public Security, General Tawfiq Al-Tawalbeh, has formally recognized the INTERPOL Travel Document during his visit to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters.General Al-Tawalbeh and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble s...
25 September 2013

First INTERPOL training in China major step forward in global effort to combat trafficking in illicit goods

HANGZHOU, China – Enhancing the knowledge and skills of police, increased information exchange and improving cooperation to better target the organized crime networks behind illicit trade is the focus of the first INTERPOL training session being held in China.The INTERPOL Trafficking in Illicit Goods and Counterfeiting Capacity Building Seminar, organized...
23 September 2013

Korean arrest of INTERPOL Red Notice subject major blow to Chinese organized crime

SEOUL, Korea – One of China’s most wanted criminals and subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for attempted murder and organized crime membership has been arrested in Seoul following months of intelligence work and operational cooperation between the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) in Seoul and Beijing.Chinese national Chuanbo Lu is believed to be on...
04 September 2013

Collaboration within INTERPOL global network snares US school volunteer suspected of child abuse

LYON, France – Child sexual abuse material retrieved by police in Denmark and Australia and shared via INTERPOL’s victim identification specialists network has contributed to the arrest of a US school volunteer suspected of sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl.As part of efforts to identify an unknown victim, officers in Denmark shared a video with...
30 July 2013

Improvised Explosive Device components seized at Thai border during INTERPOL-led operation

LYON, France – More than 70 kg of sodium chlorate, a chemical precursor used in Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), have been seized during INTERPOL-coordinated border security operations in Southeast Asia.Bags containing the chemicals were discovered in a van by Thai Customs officials in Songhkla Province, in southern Thailand as part of Operation Hawk...
09 July 2013

Growing threat of cybercrime focus of Fiji visit to INTERPOL

LYON, France – Underscoring the country’s active role in international police cooperation, the Fiji Commissioner of Police, Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua visited INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters to discuss crime issues facing the island nation.Accompanied by Assistant Superintendent of Police, Ulaiasi Tira Ravula, Brigadier General Naivalu...
03 July 2013

Enhancing global cooperation in asset recovery investigations focus of INTERPOL-StAR conference

BANGKOK, Thailand – A new tool to improve international cooperation in asset recovery efforts in investigations potentially spanning the globe has been unveiled at the 4th Global Focal Point Conference on Asset Recovery which opened in Thailand today.Hosted by the National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand, the three-day (3 – 5 July) meeting, organiz...
14 June 2013

Expanding INTERPOL services to Turkmenistan focus of INTERPOL Chief's visit

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan – Identifying areas for expansion of INTERPOL services and increased capacity building were the focus of the first official visit by INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble to Turkmenistan, one of the world police body’s newest member countries.During his mission, the INTERPOL Chief met with Turkmenistan’s Minister of Internal Af...
12 June 2013

INTERPOL Secretary General visits Mongolia, world's fastest growing economy

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia – In his first official visit to Mongolia as INTERPOL Secretary General, Ronald K. Noble met with senior government and police officials to examine crime threats facing the country and identify prospects for enhancing Mongolia’s use of INTERPOL’s global tools and services to combat them.Meeting with Minister of Justice, Temuujin Khis...
12 June 2013

Tackling crime from North Africa to South Pacific focus of INTERPOL meeting

MALE, Maldives - Addressing crime issues affecting countries from North Africa to the South Pacific was the focus of an INTERPOL meeting which brought together some 56 law enforcement officers from 25 countries to share experiences and make recommendations for ways to enhance international police cooperation.The combined 12th Asian and 8th Middle East and...
10 June 2013

INTERPOL Chief’s visit to Tajikistan underscores security priorities in Central Asia

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan – On his first official visit to Tajikistan INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble met the country’s Minister of Internal Affairs and Head of Police, Ramazon Rakhimov, to review security challenges in Tajikistan and Central Asia and ascertain how INTERPOL’s global tools and network can further help address these.In addition to ter...
03 May 2013

Protecting forests focus of INTERPOL training course

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Enhanced information and intelligence collection, evaluation and sharing were identified as key areas for law enforcement to more effectively combat illegal logging, the illicit trade in timber and other forestry crime across the Asia-Pacific region during an INTERPOL training course.The week-long ( 29 April – 3 May) course was organi...
04 April 2013

Enhanced law enforcement cooperation focus of visit by Lebanese security Chief to INTERPOL

LYON, France – A series of security measures aimed at enhancing Lebanon’s border controls has been agreed during a meeting between the Director General of General Security Directorate of Lebanon, Maj Gen Abbas Ibrahim, and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.During Director General Ibrahim’s visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters on T...
03 April 2013

International cooperation key to fighting cybercrime, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation Director tells security meeting

SINGAPORE – Cybercrime is a growing threat to global security that can only be combated by a coordinated response from law enforcement and private industry, Noboru Nakatani, Executive Director of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), told an international conference on counter-terrorism and security issues.Speaking during the Global Security...
21 March 2013

Protecting children from exploitation and abuse focus of INTERPOL meeting in Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand – Providing increased insight into and understanding of the issue and scale of crimes against children across Southeast Asia was the focus of an INTERPOL Specialists Group meeting in Bangkok this week.Bringing together some 180 experts from law enforcement bodies, non-governmental organizations, private sector organizations and academia...
27 February 2013

Fiji a leader in global police cooperation, says INTERPOL Chief

SUVA, Fiji – With Fiji the most active INTERPOL member country in the South Pacific region, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said the country set an example for effectively combating transnational crime.During his first-ever mission to Fiji, Secretary General Noble met with Minister of Defence Joketani Cokanasiga and Commissioner of Police Briga...
25 February 2013

Renewed collaboration with INTERPOL will boost security in South Pacific, Secretary General tells Tonga authorities

NUKUALOFA, Tonga – On his first official visit to Tonga during his latest mission to the South Pacific, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble underlined the need for the country to become an active member of the world police body and reconnect with INTERPOL after years of disengagement.At meetings with Acting Prime Minister Samiu Vaipulu, Police Mini...
22 February 2013

South Pacific’s role in regional and global security focus of INTERPOL Chief’s visit

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea - INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble is undertaking a mission to the South Pacific (22 February - 1 March) during which he will make his first official visit to five countries in a bid to boost regional and international police cooperation and capacity against crimes such as drug and human trafficking.With Mr Noble’s...
21 February 2013

Match-fixing suspect arrested following close police cooperation between Singapore and Italy via INTERPOL

LYON, France – A suspected international match-fixer wanted by Italian authorities and subject of a confidential INTERPOL Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, has been arrested in Milan following close cooperation between Italian and Singaporean Police working through their INTERPOL National Central Bureaus and INTERPOL Headquarters in Lyon,...
21 February 2013

Match-fixers target of expanded INTERPOL global task force

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has warned that unless police are permitted by laws and judicial authorities to share information in real time, the global fight against match-fixing will not be won.The Head of INTERPOL said that police and prosecutors must be given the legal framework to share information with a global...
20 February 2013

International cooperation with ASEANAPOL bolsters security landscape, INTERPOL Chief tells police meeting

PATTAYA, Thailand – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has told Chiefs of Police of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that their collaboration with global law enforcement initiatives underpins regional and global security.Speaking on Wednesday at the 33rd ASEAN Chiefs of Police conference (ASEANAPOL, 18-22 February) in Pattaya, be...
20 February 2013

Addressing organized crime threats to match-fixing focus of INTERPOL conference

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Representatives from law enforcement, football associations and the betting industry are meeting in Malaysia for INTERPOL’s international conference ‘Match fixing: The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game’ to identify the tactics used by organized crime networks behind this global threat to the sport and boost prevention efforts.Some 2...
18 February 2013

Bhutan hosts international conference on protection of cultural property in Asia co-organized with INTERPOL

THIMPHU, Bhutan – More than 80 participants from various International and Bhutanese government agencies, police and customs services, cultural institutions and the private sector have attended an international conference on protection of cultural property in Asia, jointly organized by Bhutan’s Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs and the INTERPOL Genera...
18 February 2013

Enhancing international law enforcement cooperation and training focus of INTERPOL Chief’s visit to Bahrain

MANAMA, Bahrain – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has met with Bahrain’s Interior Minister, Lieutenant-General Shaikh Rashid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, as well as senior law enforcement officials, as part of efforts by the world police body and Bahrain to cooperate further on information exchange and training against transnational crime in the re...
12 January 2013

US fugitive and former Bout associate Chichakli arrest in Australia assisted by INTERPOL

LYON, France – Richard Ammar Chichakli, an alleged associate of arms dealer Viktor Bout and subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice issued at the request of US authorities for a range of offences including money laundering, fraud and conspiring to violate economic sanctions, has been arrested in Australia.Chichakli, a US – Syrian citizen, is alleged to have con...
05 November 2012

INTERPOL and Qatar 2022 Committee launch major sporting event security initiative

ROME, Italy – A groundbreaking initiative by INTERPOL to support the safety and security of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and other major sporting events over the next 10 years has been launched following an agreement with the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee worth USD 10 million.The agreement which will see the creation of the INTERPOL Group of Major Even...
19 October 2012

China hosts its first National Environmental Security Seminar with INTERPOL support

BEIJING, China ‒ International efforts to develop a cooperative and collaborative multi-agency strategy to tackle environmental crime received a boost after China hosted its first National Environmental Security Seminar with the support of INTERPOL.At the meeting China announced it would seek out and develop opportunities to enhance its international envi...
08 May 2012

INTERPOL issues Red Notice for Iraq Vice-President

LYON, France – At the request of Iraqi authorities, INTERPOL has published a Red Notice for Iraq’s Vice-President, Tariq Al-Hashemi, on suspicion of guiding and financing terrorist attacks in the country.The Red Notice for Al-Hashemi represents a regional and international alert to all of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries to seek their help in locating and...
27 March 2012

INTERPOL role in combating illicit nuclear material trafficking recognized by Nuclear Security Summit

SEOUL, Korea – World leaders at the Nuclear Security Summit have emphasized the need to prevent non-state actors, especially terrorists, from acquiring nuclear and radioactive material and pledged to strengthen cooperation and encourage greater information-sharing with INTERPOL to combat illicit trafficking in nuclear material.Attended by more than 53 hea...
22 March 2012

INTERPOL issues Red Notices seeking arrest of four suspects in New Delhi car bomb attack targeting Israeli officials

LYON, France – INTERPOL, acting on a request from India's Central Bureau of Investigation, has issued Red Notices for four suspects wanted in connection with the 13 February bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat’s car in New Delhi.Details of the suspects Mohammadreza Abolghashemi, Houshang Afshar Irani, Seyed Ali Mahdiansadr and Masoud Sedaghatzadeh who are...
01 April 2012

INTERPOL praises capture of mafia boss in Thailand

LYON, France – The detention in Bangkok of a man wanted in Italy for mafia-related criminal conspiracy and the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for internationally-wanted persons has been praised by INTERPOL Chief Ronald K. Noble as an example of effective international police cooperation.Vito Roberto Palazzolo, aged 64, was stopped by the Royal Thai pol...
30 March 2012

‘World must better prepare itself for emerging cybercrime threats’, INTERPOL Chief tells prestigious meeting in India

NEW DELHI, India ‒ The Head of INTERPOL has said that there is ‘a dramatic discrepancy’ between the immediacy of Internet communications and current measures to support law enforcement’s fight against cybercrime.Speaking on Friday at the D.P. Kohli Memorial Lecture, attended by A.P. Singh, Director of India’s Criminal Bureau of Investigation (CBI), and Sh...
15 March 2012

Meeting between Head of Philippine National Police and INTERPOL Chief underlines enhanced cooperation

LYON, France ‒ The Director General of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Nicanor Bartolome, has met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble to discuss increased cooperation between the country and the world police body in combating a range of transnational crimes.Mr Bartolome, who is also Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Manila, u...
09 November 2011

Chinese Vice-Minister’s visit to INTERPOL underlines role of international law enforcement cooperation

LYON, France – China’s Vice-Minister for Public Security, Li Dongsheng, has met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters to discuss security measures aimed at enhancing international cooperation against transnational crime.The visit by Vice-Minister Li provided an opportunity to review key transnationa...
31 October 2011

INTERPOL General Assembly opens in Vietnam with new member countries expanding fight against transnational crime

HANOI, Vietnam - INTERPOL’s 80th General Assembly opened with a call for law enforcement to remain vigilant to both emerging and traditional forms of transnational crime as the world’s largest police organization saw its membership grow to 190 after delegates voted to admit Curaçao, Sint Maarten and South Sudan.The four-day meeting (31 October – 3 Novembe...
20 October 2011

Crime Scene Awareness skills at the fingertips of Fiji police

SUVA, Fiji – Developing Crime Scene Awareness was the focus of a training course for police in Fiji, organized by the INTERPOL Forensic Support and Specialized Technical Databases unit.Hosted at the Fiji Police Academy in Suva, a total of 20 officers from Fiji and Nauru took part in the five-day course (17-21 October) to raise awareness about the entire f...
17 October 2011

Qatar Minister underlines commitment to INTERPOL and global policing community

LYON, France – Senior officials from Qatar reaffirmed their country’s partnership with INTERPOL during a visit by Minister of State for Interior Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon.During his meeting with INTERPOL General Secretary Ronald K. Noble, the Minister, accom...
14 October 2011

Boosting bioterrorism prevention capability focus of INTERPOL training

ALMATY, Kazakhstan – Enhancing the bioterrorism prevention and response capabilities in the Central Asia and Caucasus region was the focus of INTERPOL’s Regional Biosecurity Course.Nearly 40 law enforcement, customs, public health and laboratory officials from nine countries took part in the five day (10 – 14 October) course hosted by Kazakhstan, the late...
21 September 2011

Media invitation for 80th INTERPOL General Assembly in Vietnam

LYON, France – The theme of the 80th INTERPOL General Assembly, which will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam from 31 October – 3 November, is ‘Connecting Police for a Safer World – Strong partnerships, innovation and capacity building.’Senior law enforcement officials and security experts from around the world will gather at INTERPOL’s General Assembly to disc...
20 September 2011

Vietnam police chief’s visit to INTERPOL focuses on role of international police cooperation in boosting regional security

LYON, France – Vietnam’s Director General of Police, Maj. Gen. Phan Van Vinh, has met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters to discuss security measures aimed at enhancing international cooperation against transnational crime. With Hanoi soon hosting the 80th INTERPOL General Assembly (31 October –...
26 August 2011

Shenzhen Universiade ends safely with security efforts supported by INTERPOL

SHENZHEN, China – The largest-ever Universiade which brought together more than 12,000 participants involved in more than 300 events across 41 venues in Shenzhen has concluded safely with China’s security efforts supported by INTERPOL. An INTERPOL Major Events Support Team (IMEST) was deployed as part of the security arrangements for the World Student Gam...
13 July 2011

INTERPOL condemns terror attacks in India

LYON, France – INTERPOL has condemned Wednesday’s terror attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai in which at least 20 people were killed and more than 100 injured, and pledged its full support to national authorities in their investigation.Following the three explosions across the city, INTERPOL’s Command and Co-ordination Centre (CCC) at its General Secreta...
13 May 2011

INTERPOL condemns suicide terror attack in Pakistan

MINSK, Belarus - INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has condemned in the strongest terms bomb attacks on a paramilitary force academy in north-west Pakistan which killed 80 people. The Pakistani Taliban said they carried out the attack to avenge the death of Osama Bin Laden.Speaking from Minsk where he is meeting with senior Interior Ministry offi...
27 April 2011

Inability to share photos, fingerprints and DNA of escaped Afghan terrorists presents global security risk

LYON, France – The escape of hundreds of dangerous prisoners, including members of the Taliban, from an Afghan prison has again exposed a major global security gap - Afghan authorities have not been trained or equipped to take, store and access photographs, fingerprints DNA of dangerous terrorists for sharing internationally, the head of INTERPOL has warn...
15 April 2011

INTERPOL hunt for international fugitives leads to numerous arrests across South America

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – An INTERPOL operation targeting 207 internationally-wanted fugitives wanted for serious crimes including murder, kidnapping, organized crime and child sexual abuse believed to be hiding in South America has led to arrests across the continent and new investigative leads established for almost a quarter.Investigative leads develop...
05 April 2011

Cricket World Cup host countries ensured security with millions of checks against INTERPOL's global databases

LYON, France – Authorities in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka have been commended by INTERPOL for their collaborative efforts with the world police body and international law enforcement on the safety of participants and spectators during the Cricket World Cup, which saw them ensure that as many domestic and foreign visitors as possible were checked again...
04 April 2011

Abu Dhabi police buildings meet top security standards, says INTERPOL report

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – The Abu Dhabi police buildings have been assessed as meeting the highest international security standards, according to an INTERPOL audit report which INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble handed over to the UAE’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at a meeting on Monday.A...
24 March 2011

Pakistan honours INTERPOL

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan has given special recognition to the world's largest police organization after conferring the Hilal-e Pakistan (Crescent of Pakistan) award to INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble on the occasion of Pakistan's National Day.Accepting one of Pakistan's highest civilian awards as 'a great hon...
15 March 2011

Building counter-terrorism capacity across Asia focus of INTERPOL training programme in Malaysia

Enhancing the level and use of INTERPOL’s tools and services for counter-terrorism investigators and INTERPOL National Central Bureaus was the focus of INTERPOL’s first I-24/7 police communications system Counter-Terrorism Capacity-Building Programme.The six-day meeting (7 – 12 March) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia co-ordinated by the Police Training and Devel...
10 March 2011

Terror suspect arrested in Maldives after passport check triggers INTERPOL alarm

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – A Maldives national wanted in connection with a 2007 terror bombing attack has been arrested less than six hours after his passport triggered an INTERPOL alarm as he travelled from Pakistan to the Maldives via Sri Lanka.Iqbal Mohamed, the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for internationally wanted persons issued at the request of the...
11 February 2011

Singapore announces special visa status to INTERPOL Travel Document holders at historic groundbreaking ceremony

SINGAPORE – The decision by Singapore to accord special visa status to INTERPOL Travel Document holders has been hailed by the head of the world police organization as a 'significant development' that will enhance international security by ensuring global law enforcement assistance is available when and where needed.Singapore Minister for Home Affairs and...
17 January 2011

Maldives police arrest cybercrime suspects with support from INTERPOL High-Tech Crime Unit

MALE, the Maldives – The Police Service in the Maldives has arrested four individuals suspected of involvement with recent cyber attacks against the internet service provided by local telecom giant Dhiraagu.Police said the suspects arrested in the capital Male and Addu atoll included a 16-year-old, two 17-year-olds and a 28-year-old man. The three minors...

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