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09 July 2013 - Media release

Growing threat of cybercrime focus of Fiji visit to INTERPOL

LYON, France – Underscoring the country’s active role in international police cooperation, the Fiji Commissioner of Police, Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua visited INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters to discuss crime issues facing the island nation.

Accompanied by Assistant Superintendent of Police, Ulaiasi Tira Ravula, Brigadier General Naivalurua’s talks with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble focused on Fiji’s leading role in promoting security throughout the South Pacific region and the world, particularly in the areas of cybercrime and police training.

The historic visit was the first ever by a Fiji police chief to the INTERPOL headquarters since the country joined the Organization more than 40 years ago, and it followed Secretary General Noble’s first visit to Fiji in February 2013.

The INTERPOL Chief commended Fiji for seeking to become a regional leader in the fight against cybercrime, through the establishment of a specialized training centre at its Regional Police Academy. Fiji will also be sending an officer with extensive cybercrime experience to work in the Digital Crime Centre of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore.

“Criminals are increasingly using the Internet as a way to commit their crimes anonymously and with no regard for international jurisdictions or borders. Fiji is committed to working with INTERPOL and the entire global police community to tackle these new types of crimes which threaten the safety of citizens everywhere,” said Brigadier General Naivalurua.

The Secretary General highlighted a recent case where the Fijian and Chinese authorities collaborated to arrest three Chinese fugitives wanted for drug smuggling and related charges – one who was the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice – at the international airport in Fiji. Through a check of INTERPOL’s databases, it was discovered that the individual was attempting to enter the country using a false passport.

“This case underlines the need for international police collaboration and how INTERPOL’s global tools and services can be used to track down and apprehend international fugitives. Let this serve as a lesson to criminals everywhere: wherever you try to hide, know that police the world over will be working together to make sure you do not escape justice,” said the INTERPOL Chief.

Ensuring that its police have the necessary skills to effectively tackle all forms of transnational crime is a key focus for Fiji. The country participated in recent INTERPOL training sessions on trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting, crime scene awareness and counter-terrorism.

Demonstrating its commitment to global law enforcement cooperation, in May Fiji formally recognized the INTERPOL Travel Document, offering a visa waiver to ease the provision of urgent assistance to INTERPOL member countries. To date, 62 countries have recognized the INTERPOL Travel Document.