INTERPOL condemns 'depraved' murder of British hostage by Islamic State group

14 septembre 2014

DOHA, Qatar – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has strongly condemned the murder of British aid worker David Haines at the hands of militants belonging to the Islamic State group.

Speaking during an official visit to Doha where he met Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani and other Qatari officials to discuss regional and international security issues, and how INTERPOL’s global network can help make citizens safer, the Head of INTERPOL denounced the actions of Islamic State.

"The cowardly murder of an innocent man whose humanitarian vocation was to improve the lives of others in the very region he met his brutal death is testimony to the twisted and depraved nature of the so-called Islamic State," said Secretary General Noble.

"On behalf of the international police community INTERPOL strongly condemns the murder of David Haines and deplores the deaths of all other innocents in the region at the hands of Islamic State militants."

"However long it takes, they will one day face justice for their barbaric and senseless actions," said the INTERPOL Chief.

With INTERPOL having collected information pertaining to the identities of more than 500 foreign fighters in conflict zones since 2013, Secretary General Noble once again called for stronger international cooperation to investigate, identify and interdict foreign fighters.

"INTERPOL continues to facilitate exchanges between its 190 member countries on information relating to suspected terrorists and foreign fighters," said Mr Noble. "But this must be complemented by efforts on the ground, including through the provision of global police tools and databases to officers on the frontline," concluded Secretary General Noble .