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26 July 2011

Monaco Minister briefed on joint successes during INTERPOL visit

LYON, France – Minister of State for Monaco, Michel Roger was briefed on recent law enforcement successes involving the Principality and other INTERPOL member countries during his visit today to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon.

During discussion with the country’s highest ranking government official, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble highlighted the organization’s Project Pink Panthers as an area where Monaco has made a significant contribution to successful global law enforcement cooperation.

The project, created in 2007, centralizes information relating to hundreds of suspected international jewel thieves linked to more than 300 robberies in 27 countries since 1999, with the value of stolen jewellery estimated at more than EUR 350 million and has already let to arrests across the globe, including in Monaco.

Other recent successes include the recovery by Italian carabinieri of a number of high value paintings stolen from Monaco thanks to their inclusion in INTERPOL’s Stolen Works of Art database by the National Central Bureau in Monte Carlo.

With the origins of INTERPOL rooted in the first International Criminal Police Congress organized and held in Monaco in 1914, the possibility of Monaco hosting the 2014 INTERPOL General Assembly, to mark a century of international law enforcement cooperation was also discussed.