After Passport Check alarm:
Terror suspect arrested in Maldives
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - A Maldivian national wanted in connection with a
2007 terror bombing attack has been arrested less than six hours after
his passport triggered an INTERPOL alarm as he travelled from Pakistan
to the Maldives via Sri Lanka, states an Interpol media release.
Iqbal Mohamed, the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice for
internationally wanted persons issued at the request of the Maldives
National Central Bureau (NCB), was identified by INTERPOL’s Major Events
Support Team (IMEST) deployed to Sri Lanka for the Cricket World Cup
during a routine check of Colombo airport passenger manifests.
After confirming Mohamed’s identity, the IMEST liaised with Colombo
International Airport the CID and the NCBs in Colombo and Male to
monitor the 42-year-old’s transit and eventual arrival at Male
International airport where he was taken into custody in the early hours
of Thursday, March 10.
INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K Noble hailed the arrest as a
‘model example’ of what can be achieved through police co-operation and
information sharing using INTERPOL’s global tools and resources.
“Our National Central Bureau in Male had ensured that the key
elements for this arrest were already in place - he was subject to an
INTERPOL Red Notice, his passport details were in our Stolen and Lost
Travel Documents database, but what brought this all together, the ‘x
factor’, was the presence of our IMEST in Sri Lanka is providing support
for the cricket world cup,” said the INTERPOL chief.
As part of its support for the 2011 Cricket World Cup security
arrangements, INTERPOL deployed IMESTs to all three sites - Bangladesh,
India and Sri Lanka - with each team providing on the ground support to
national police, including conducting real-time checks of INTERPOL’s