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20 March 2013 - Media release

INTERPOL Secretary General pays tribute following death of Italian Police Chief

Antonio Manganelli a ‘champion’ of international police cooperation

LYON, France – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble today expressed his deepest and sincerest condolences following the death of Prefect Antonio Manganelli, Chief of the Italian Police and Director General of Public Security of Italy.

“Prefect Manganelli was a champion of international police cooperation. It was under his strong leadership that Italy played an important role in developing key worldwide anti-crime initiatives and global law enforcement cooperation,” said Mr Noble.

It was during Mr Manganelli’s leadership that in November 2012 Italy hosted the largest ever INTERPOL General Assembly in the Organization’s history, with more than 1,000 delegates from 170 countries, and which was launched by a Ministerial meeting attended by some 100 world leaders.

Italy was also the first country to officially support the INTERPOL-FIFA initiative to fight match-fixing and in January this year hosted a groundbreaking conference which for the first time brought together the Secretaries General of INTERPOL, FIFA and UEFA.

With Prefect Manganelli at the helm of the Italian Police, many other national, regional and global projects were launched, including the creation of Italy’s National Centre for Combating Online Child Abuse and agreements to strengthen police cooperation to more effectively combat human trafficking, people smuggling and transnational organized crime.

“Prefect Manganelli was a true public servant who worked to make a difference to all citizens and bring about change for the better. He will be sorely missed by his colleagues and all who knew him,” said Secretary General Noble.

“INTERPOL and the world police community haven’t just lost a key supporter – they have also lost a dear and valued friend."

“On behalf of the law enforcement community across the world, and the Italian officers at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters, I extend my deepest sympathies to Antonio Manganelli’s family and friends at this very difficult time,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.