Interpol President, Secretary General visit RNP HQs
The President of Interpol, Mireilla Ballestrazi and the Secretary General of the international Police body, Ronald K. Noble visited Rwanda National Police headquarters in Kacyiru, separately, on April 15 and commended the force for its contribution in fighting crimes.
They were received by the Inspector General of Police Emmanuel K. Gasana, who briefed them on the force’s priority and strategic plans and thanked Interpol for supporting the capacity building of the RNP.
Ballestrazi said: “It is a great honour and pleasure for me to visit Rwanda Police, particularly the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Emmanuel K. Gasana, who is a very active and dynamic member of Interpol Executive Committee.”
She commended the collaboration and partnership between Rwanda and Interpol in fighting cross-border crimes, locating and cracking-down criminals and bringing them to justice.
The duo is in the country to attend the 6th Interpol international meeting on Genocide, war crimes and crimes against Humanity, which kicked off on Monday.
She added: “Rwanda, hosting the 6th Interpol International Meeting on Genocide, war crimes and crimes against Humanity is a great symbol that we (Interpol) have memory on what happened twenty years ago. It is also a symbol that Interpol commits to searching, locating and arresting and bringing to book fugitives of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.”
“We have Rwandan Police officers at the region bureau, headquarters in France and at our Interpol Global Complex innovation in Singapore. Rwanda deployed police officers at all Interpol facilities where we have got help whenever there is cross-border operation that requires assistance from countries in region,” Noble said.
He also thanked the IGP for his strong support to Interpol, as the representative of Africa on the Interpol Executive Committee.
The Interpol General Assembly, last year, voted to that the next assembly be held in Rwanda next year and Mr. Noble said “this is a great honour.”
He also said the international police will continue pursuing Genocide fugitive wherever they may be.
“Genocide fugitives change and forge their identifications, including names and using forged passports to try to disappear, but it’s a question of time. No matter how long it will takes, genocide fugitives will be arrested wherever they are hiding and brought to book,” Noble said.
The Secretary General also visited the Interpol National Central Bureau-Kigali and thanked the RNP for extending the I-24/7 tool to all border outlets.
The global police communication tool allows law enforcement officers in all member countries to share and access data on criminals or wanted persons, stolen and lost documents and vehicles among others.