INTERPOL awaiting fingerprints to confirm Al-Zarqawi identification

8 June 2006

LYON, France – INTERPOL has requested that fingerprints taken from a man killed in Iraq believed to be Ahmad Fadil Nazal Al-Khalayleh, alias Al-Zarqawi, be sent to the General Secretariat in Lyon so that his identity can be confirmed.

The fingerprints would be compared by forensic specialists against those held in INTERPOL’s database in order to verify the identification made in Iraq.

INTERPOL has two valid Red Notices from INTERPOL member countries Algeria and Jordan seeking the arrest worldwide for Al-Zarqawi in connection with a number of murders and terrorist attacks in Iraq.

Al-Zarqawi’s fingerprints were submitted to the General Secretariat as part of the Red Notice application from Jordan, which also included details of the offences he is alleged to have committed.

In addition to being wanted by authorities in Algeria, Jordan and Germany, Al-Zarqawi, one of the world’s most notorious terrorist suspects, is also the subject of an INTERPOL-United Nations Security Council Special Notice issued for individuals who are targets of UN sanctions against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

The UN Special Notice and an abridged version of the Red Notices are available on INTERPOL’s public website.

A detailed version, including additional photographs and copies of his fingerprints, is available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish via INTERPOL’s I-24/7 global police communications system and its restricted-access police website.