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01 June 2010 - Media release

Pakistani journalist reported located and uninjured in Israel after INTERPOL alert

LYON, France – Missing Pakistani journalist Talat Hussain Syed has been identified and located in Israel, following close co-operation between INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) Jerusalem, its General Secretariat Headquarters in Lyon, France and the National Central Bureau in Islamabad, less than 24 hours after INTERPOL issued an international missing persons alert.

Information provided by NCB Jerusalem has enabled Pakistani authorities to confirm via INTERPOL that Talat Hussain Syed had been on board the Marmara, the lead ship in a flotilla, and was uninjured when taken into administrative custody by Israeli authorities on 31 May 2010.

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble commended the work of all involved as ‘a clear demonstration of what can be achieved through direct police-to-police co-operation.’

“The request by INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Islamabad for the General Secretariat headquarters to issue a Yellow Notice, and the swift response by the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Jerusalem confirming Mr Talat Hussain Syed’s location and well-being were both key elements in resolving this case,” said Secretary General Noble.

“It again underlines the central role that INTERPOL can play in assisting each of our 188 member countries in any area where direct law enforcement support is required, and I would like to thank all those involved.

“INTERPOL will continue to liaise with both countries and offer whatever additional support may be required,” concluded the INTERPOL chief.

Talat Hussain Syed is currently going through administrative processing by Israeli authorities.

Yellow Notices for Talat Hussain Syed’s colleagues, Nadeem Ahmed Khan and Raza Mehmood Agha have also been issued today, 1 June 2010, by INTERPOL at the request of NCB Islamabad.  Staff in the General Secretariat headquarters’ 24-hour Command and Co-ordination Centre are liaising with NCB Jerusalem to establish the location of the two men.

In 2008, delegates at the INTERPOL General Assembly supported a resolution encouraging wider public circulation of Yellow Notices in order to assist police investigations locate missing adults.