SECRETARY General of Interpol Ronald Kenneth Noble appreciated Slovakia’s work in the Infra-Red operation, designed to capture wanted fugitives believed to be living abroad. Thanks to the operation the inspectors were able to find Kosovar-Albanian drug lord Baki Sadiki in Kosovo, as well as Viliam Mišenka, charged with having participated in the murder of alleged gang leader Peter Čongrády, in Venezuela, and Karol Mello, suspected of organising several murders, in Belize.
“Slovakia really was very aggressive, in a positive way; it participated in searching and identifying people at large, so we expect it will be part of this project,” Noble said, as quoted by the TASR newswire, after meeting Slovak Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák.
Noble also praised Slovakia for being one of the first countries to test Interpol’s global communication system. When he visited the country in 2003, Slovakia was working with Interpol databases 40,000-50,000 times per year. Last it used the system four million times, he said, as reported by TASR. At the same time, Noble expressed hope that Slovakia will also join Interpol’s ‘Infra-America’ operation, which will be designed to track down wanted people who are on the run in central America.
“It [Interpol] evolved into an action organisation that not only contributes to capturing criminals, but provides much bigger protection for our citizens,” Kaliňák said, as quoted by TASR. “This is especially true for a new project that should guarantee security during travels when it comes to stolen and lost passports.”
The interior minister also stressed that Slovak police are still trying to extradite Mello to Slovakia, as he currently resides in Belize.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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