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21 February 2013 - Media release

Match-fixing suspect arrested following close police cooperation between Singapore and Italy via INTERPOL

LYON, France – A suspected international match-fixer wanted by Italian authorities and subject of a confidential INTERPOL Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, has been arrested in Milan following close cooperation between Italian and Singaporean Police working through their INTERPOL National Central Bureaus and INTERPOL Headquarters in Lyon, France.

Admir Suljic , who is accused of fraud and qualified sporting fraud committed within criminal association, was taken into custody shortly after his flight from Singapore touched down at Malpensa airport on Thursday.

Following confirmation by Singapore's Police Force that the 31-year-old had boarded the plane, officers from INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit and its 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre liaised with Italian State Police via INTERPOL channels so that they could monitor the fugitive’s flight and prepare for his arrival.

“This is exactly the type of result which can be achieved when police share information in real time and use INTERPOL’s global network to locate, identify and arrest suspects,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

“With the information received from 190 countries around the world, police from INTERPOL member countries can establish connections with evidence, leads and suspects that would otherwise not be available,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

“What we now need is for national laws to be modernized allowing the police to share information via INTERPOL channels while investigations are ongoing so they can act fast and more effectively.

“The arrest of this suspected match-fixer could not have been achieved without Italy and Singapore’s close cooperation with INTERPOL, nor without a great deal of behind-the-scenes work by prosecutors and magistrates,” added Secretary General Noble.

"Those who doubted Singapore's ability or commitment to fight match-fixing and bring those wanted for arrest to justice need to understand that Singapore acts when the evidence exists and is shared and when their laws permit. Singapore and Italy remain two of INTERPOL's most active and effective member countries," concluded INTERPOL Secretary General.

Suljic had been one of the targets of INTERPOL’s 2012 Operation Infra-Red (International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest – Red Notices) which focused on more than 500 fugitives wanted by 59 member countries and has so far led to the arrest or location of 130 internationally-wanted people worldwide.