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12 February 2016

Long-term INTERPOL investigation lands one of Slovakia’s most wanted behind bars

A Slovak man accused of defrauding thousands of investors through pyramid investment schemes has been extradited to Slovakia following long-term intelligence work between the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) in Bratislava and Belgrade and with the support of INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) Unit.

František Matik was extradited to Slovakia on 22 January 2016 following his 2015 arrest in the Serbian town of Vojvodina, after 13 years on the run. The convicted 51 year old will now serve a prison sentence of 11 years and 6 months.
With Matik having been on the run for many years, he had also been one of the main targets of a 2012 INTERPOL global police operation nicknamed ‘Infra-Red’ (International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest – Red Notices) which focused on more than 500 fugitives wanted by 57 member countries and which led to the arrest or location of internationally-wanted people worldwide.

Information received during Operation Infra-Red had been analysed by investigators and forwarded by INTERPOL’s FIS unit to relevant countries for action through INTERPOL’s network of 190 member country police forces, including the national fugitive unit in Serbia, where Matik was arrested in January 2015.

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