Crime & Justice

Interpol’s 90th general assembly kicks off in India

New Delhi, Oct 18 (EFE).- The Interpol on Tuesday kicked off its 90th general assembly in New Delhi, with high-ranking police officers from 195 member countries set to attend an event that will decide the future of law enforcement, according to the agency’s president Ahmed Naser Al-Raisi.

This year’s assembly is set to mainly focus on cryptocurrency, cybercrime and terrorism in its agenda.

“Cyberthreats, cross-border conflicts, global warming, imagine a world without Interpol. It would be impossible for countries to keep up with these challenges on their own,” said Al-Raisi, an Emirati general who himself faces terror charges in several European countries and Turkey.

“As the world’s largest police organization it’s the job of Interpol to make sure that all countries are supported,” he added during the inaugural session of the general assembly, set to last until Friday.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a speech highlighting growing global threats such as “terrorism, corruption, drug trafficking, poaching and organized crime.”

Modi put special emphasis on terrorism and its expansion through “online radicalization and cyber threats.”

“At the click of a button, an attack can be executed or systems can be brought to their knees,” he said.

The general assembly is set to discuss different vigilance systems, with special focus on financial crime, corruption, cyber crime and crimes against minors.

The week-long program includes workshops centered on technology, innovation and global financial crimes, aiming to boost cooperation and security among police forces.

Moreover, the body will also release its Interpol Global Crime Trends Report, which offers a general view of the main criminal threats in the world.

The global police force will also appoint its vice-president for Europe and the delegate for Africa.

The conference comes amid a controversy in India over Interpol refusing to issue a red-corner notice – equivalent to an international arrest warrant – against the founder of the group Sikhs for Justice, which has been listed as a separatist and terrorist organization by New Delhi.

Interpol secretary-general Jurgan Stock in a presser on Monday acknowledged that refusal to issue a notice may not be well received by a country, but stressed that the power to issue such notices stemmed from the members’ trust that Interpol would apply the same rules for each request by any country. EFE

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