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14 March 2012 - Media release

INTERPOL praises Colombian capture of suspect in murder of Argentine singer

Costa Rican fugitive was subject of INTERPOL Red Notice requested by Guatemala

LYON, France – The arrest and deportation by Colombia of a man wanted by Guatemala via an INTERPOL Red Notice in connection with the 2011 killing of Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral has been praised by INTERPOL chief Ronald K. Noble as an example of fast and effective international police cooperation.

Following the gun attack on the singer’s car as he was being driven to the airport in Guatemala City after a concert on July 9, 2011, Guatemalan authorities requested an INTERPOL Red Notice, or wanted persons alert, for Alejandro Jimenez Gonzalez, which was then circulated to all INTERPOL member countries.

On Saturday 10 March, Gonzalez was arrested by Colombian authorities in the north of the country near the Panama border, and just three days later he was expelled from the country into the custody of Guatemalan authorities to face the charges against him.

Secretary General Noble praised the Director General of the Colombian National Police, General Oscar Adolfo Naranjo Trujillo, who is also INTERPOL’s Vice President for the Americas, for his continued commitment to cross-border law enforcement which was exemplified by the arrest of 37-year-old Gonzalez.

“The capture of this murder suspect highlights the very real and valuable results which can be achieved by INTERPOL member countries working together, especially when supported by INTERPOL global policing tools such as Red Notices,” said Secretary General Noble.

“I had seen first-hand the commitment to the investigation by Guatemalan authorities during my mission there in July last year, and now the whole world can see the positive results of the collective efforts of law enforcement in Guatemala and Colombia.

“The arrest of Alejandro Jimenez Gonzalez, coming during our annual Heads of National Central Bureaus conference, will I am sure encourage all of our member countries to renew their commitment to transnational police cooperation through the INTERPOL community,” concluded Mr Noble.

Some 270 senior police officials from 148 countries are meeting at INTERPOL's eighth Heads of National Central Bureaus conference (13-15 March) to focus on strategic initiatives against the global policing challenges faced by its 190 member countries and identify ways to further enhance cooperation.