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09 February 2016

Fugitive arrested two days after Austria connects to INTERPOL global database network

An automated check against INTERPOL databases just two days after the Austrian police linked its national network to INTERPOL’s global information system has led to the identification and arrest of a Red Notice subject wanted by Croatian police authorities for fraud.

Demonstrating the added value that INTERPOL can bring when its global policing capabilities are made available to officers in the field, on 13 January, the 43-year old was taken into custody in Salzburg after a routine check of his passport by border police triggered an INTERPOL alarm revealing his ‘wanted’ status.

Just two days earlier, as part of measures to strengthen national security and border capacity, Austria had linked its EKIS system – the system used by national police for criminal investigations – to INTERPOL’s global database of internationally wanted persons, stolen or lost travel documents, stolen motor vehicles and other policing capabilities.

 “A reliable and secure way to keep our countries safe is to make sure critical police data from INTERPOL’s 190 member countries is in the right place at the right time to support police forces in their fundamental job – that of keeping citizens safe and protected from all forms of crime,” commented Franz Lang, Head of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau for Austria.

 “What is important in this case is the fact that it was only when the Austrian and INTERPOL police networks had been interconnected that the Croatian Red Notice flagged the suspect’s presence at our border control, triggering his identification and arrest,” he added.

The suspect owned a building company in the Austrian capital through which he had conducted illegal operations, including the leasing of high-value construction vehicles which he never returned. He was wanted for fraud in economic operations, violation of duty in the event of loss, forgery and embezzlement.