With security the highest priority in the country, the INTERPOL Chief’s visit comes just days after the inauguration of INTERPOL’s real-time passport screening system at Tripoli International Airport as part of international efforts to improve Libyan border security.
Under INTERPOL’s EUR 2.2 million Project RELINC (Rebuilding Libya’s Investigative Capability) funded by the EU, Libyan border control authorities can now directly access INTERPOL’s global database to detect stolen and lost passports, enabling the instant identification of persons seeking to conceal their true identity, including internationally wanted persons, suspected terrorists and transnational criminals.
The INTERPOL Chief’s visit also allowed him to emphasize INTERPOL’s ongoing efforts to help bring about the arrest of a number of fugitives subject to Red Notices issued at Libya’s request, including Colonel Gaddafi’s former director of military intelligence, Abdullah Al-Senussi, who was extradited to Tripoli from Mauritania in September last year as the most recent example of their success.
“INTERPOL’s Red Notices are proven effective tools in assisting member countries locate fugitives, no matter where they attempt to hide, and no matter how long ago the offence was committed,” said Secretary General Noble, pointing to the Red Notice issued for Faraj Al-Chalabi at Libya’s request in connection with the murder of two German nationals in 1994. One of Al-Chalabi’s co-accused was Osama bin Laden, who was also the subject of a Red Notice issued at Libya’s request.