Interpol holds int´l conference in TA (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV LAPPIN 05/09/12)
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Senior police officers from 49 countries met in Tel Aviv on Tuesday
to kick off a three-day, high profile Interpol conference.
The delegates will discuss international law enforcement cooperation
against cyber and organized crime, human and narcotics trafficking,
and terrorism among other issues.
Interpol President Khoo Boon Hui told delegates, “We are all too
aware that the terrorists and organized crime groups are quick to
take advantage of sophisticated tools that exploit vulnerabilities.”
“Here in Israel alone, a reported number of over 1,000 cyber-attacks
take place every minute,” he added.
Internet-based crime costs countries more than all drug trafficking
combined, Hui said, adding that European countries lose a total of
750 billion euros a year due to cyber crime. Targets include global
financial institutions, state institutions and even the Interpol
website, he said.
Ronald K. Noble, secretarygeneral of Interpol, told delegates, “I am
very happy to be with you here today in the amazing city of Tel
Aviv... I take this opportunity to thank our Israeli hosts for their
outstanding organization and warm reception.”
Noble said that Interpol’s acceptance of a request by Israel to allow
the country to move to the European region from the Asian region in
2006 was the “right decision,” adding, “We are reaping the benefits
of this decision today.”
He went on to say: “I certainly do not need to convince anyone in
this room that crime has become inherently transnational and can
touch our citizens from any country in the world where the Internet
is in use.”
“What is more, the Internet also facilitates the dissemination of
violent, extreme and radical ideologies, enabling radical leaders to
reach friendly ears right in our communities and in all corners of
the world,” he warned, citing the recent terrorist attacks in
Toulouse, France, in which three Jewish children, a rabbi and two
soldiers were murdered.
Israel Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino welcomed his
counterparts to Israel, urging them to enjoy their stay.
Danino later said that he hoped French authorities would answer
Israel’s request and arrest the two French nationals who ran over and
killed 25-year-old Lee Zeitouni in Tel Aviv last September.
The men fled the scene after hitting Zeitouni, driving recklessly
through red lights, according to police.
They then packed suitcases, gathered family members and fled to Paris.
“We remain in close touch with the French authorities, with the aim
of extraditing the murderers. I hope that France answers our request
despite French law not having an extradition agreement.
We will find the legal way to get over the obstacles and bring about
the arrest of the two,” Danino said.
Ch.-Supt. Galia Batz, who heads Israel’s Interpol liaison office at
national police headquarters in Jerusalem, told The Jerusalem Post
that one of Israel’s first decisions as a sovereign country was to
join Interpol in 1949.
Today, Batz’s staff instantly share information, issue international
arrest warrants and receive such warrants through Interpol’s secure
Internet network, which connects the Israel Police to the other 189
Interpol members, she added.
“We get 20,000 requests and messages from other police forces a
year,” Batz said.
“My department’s role is growing with time. We deal with sensitive
cases, such as kidnapped children, coordinating rescue efforts in
natural disasters and working with other police forces to capture
fugitives,” she added.
Batz said several countries that are not from Interpol’s European
region are also participating, including delegates from Africa, the
Far East and the US. “It shows the excellent cooperation that we
have,” she said. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/09/12)
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