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15 January 2008

INTERPOL issues Red Notice for suspected killer of French tourists in Mauritania

LYON, France -- INTERPOL has issued a Red Notice - an international wanted persons notice - for Maarouve Mohamed Habib, who is sought by Mauritanian police authorities investigating the murder of four French tourists on 24 December, 2007.

Habib is alleged to be one of three people implicated in the roadside shooting of the French tourists in Aleg, south of Mauritania’s capital, Nouakchott, which also left a fifth person seriously injured.

Habib’s two alleged accomplices, Mohamed Chabarnoux and Sidi Ould Sidina - who were the subject of INTERPOL Blue Notices issued in December 2007 also at the request of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Nouakchott - were apprehended in neighbouring Guinea-Bissau on 11 January after travelling through Senegal and Gambia. Authorities in Mauritania have said all three men belong to a group linked to al-Qaeda.

“One of INTERPOL’S most important roles is to help police in its 186 member countries to share critical information using the organization’s proven system of international notices,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble. “Requesting INTERPOL’s assistance is key in locating fugitives, no matter where they attempt to evade justice.”
A Red Notice seeks the arrest or provisional arrest of a wanted person with a view to their extradition. It can be requested by any of INTERPOL’s 186 member countries, and is issued by INTERPOL’S General Secretariat in Lyon, France. A record 3,131 Red Notices were issued in 2007, with 562 people arrested worldwide on the basis of such notices that same year, compared to 552 arrests in 2006.