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18 September 2009 - Media release

INTERPOL praises arrest of Turkish man wanted for murder

LYON, France – The arrest in Istanbul of a Turkish murder suspect who featured in a video published by INTERPOL requesting the public’s assistance in locating him has been welcomed by the world’s largest police organization.

Cem Garipoglu was taken into custody by Turkish police in the early hours of Thursday morning in connection with the brutal murder of his teenage girlfriend Münevver Karabulut, whose body was found in Istanbul’s Etiler district on 3 March of this year.

At the request of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Ankara, an INTERPOL Red Notice, or international wanted persons notice, was also issued for the 17-year-old and circulated to all of the world police body’s 187 member countries.

INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit worked closely with NCB Ankara to ensure law enforcement agencies in Eastern Europe, central Asia and the United States were alerted as it was believed the suspect may have fled to one of these areas.

After posting a video appeal for information on the INTERPOL website and on YouTube, the FIS unit received nearly 100 messages from members of the public containing potential leads on Garipoglu’s location which were passed on to NCB Ankara.

“The arrest of Cem Garipoglu is a credit to the hard work of the Turkish police and the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Ankara,” said Stefano Carvelli, the case officer in INTERPOL’s FIS unit.

“It is also important to thank the many members of the public who came forward to provide information after watching the INTERPOL video appeal for information.”

The video appeal for information for Cem Garipoglu was one of several created and posted on the Internet by the Fugitive Investigative Support unit as part of its assistance to national police investigations worldwide.

Following the escape of three prisoners from a Belgian prison near Bruges in July this year, a video appealing for anyone who may have sighted the fugitives was placed on the INTERPOL website and also on the INTERPOL wanted YouTube channel. The three escapees and a fourth person who assisted in the breakout were arrested in Morocco and Belgium in August.

Other ongoing appeals are: a request for information on fugitives wanted in connection with the Rwandan genocide; and for assistance to locate a man who is the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice issued at the request of the US for attempting to commit sex crimes and crimes against children.