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17 November 2009

Qatar’s role in arrest of gold bullion theft suspects praised by INTERPOL

LYON, France – Qatar’s key role in the location and eventual arrest of three men suspected of involvement in the theft of gold bullion worth USD 2 million in the United Arab Emirates has been praised by INTERPOL.

The swift response of the National Central Bureau in Doha to a request for assistance following the reported theft at Dubai airport on 29 October, meant that three of the five suspects – who were travelling on Qatar Airways – were identified as soon as they landed at Hong Kong airport and could be immediately sent back to Abu Dhabi were they were arrested.

INTERPOL Secretary General, Ronald K. Noble, thanked the Head of NCB Doha, Brigadier Khalifa Alnasr, for his efforts which he said perfectly demonstrated the results which can be achieved through co-ordination between INTERPOL member countries.

“It is this type of co-operation which truly shows the value of INTERPOL, and the strength that we have as a 188 member country network,” said Secretary General Noble.

“NCB Doha’s swift action in this case, and the smooth co-operation and communication between all countries connected to this investigation are to be commended.”

Secretary General Noble thanked Head of NCB Doha, Brigadier Alnasr, at their meeting on Monday at the General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France, where they signed the formal agreement for Qatar to host the 79th INTERPOL General Assembly in Doha in November 2010.

“We were pleased to assist our law enforcement colleagues following the theft in Dubai,” said Brigadier Alnasr. “As soon as we were received the request, we immediately gathered the necessary information and shared it with our law enforcement colleagues which meant that the suspects could be identified and sent back to Abu Dhabi where they were arrested.

“We realize that in this type of case, speed is of the essence and we will continue to provide whatever support necessary to ensure the safety and security of citizens around the world and the arrest of criminals and fugitives no matter where they try to evade justice.

“It is for this reason that we are honoured to be hosting the 79th INTERPOL General Assembly in November 2010 in Doha, and our offer to welcome law enforcement representatives from the other 187 member countries underlines our commitment to supporting INTERPOL in combating all forms of transnational crime,” added Brigadier Alnasr.