Interpol

12/10/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/10/2023 05:11

INTERPOL Secretary General welcomes G7 commitments on transnational organized crime

MITO IBARAKI, Japan - Secretary General of INTERPOL Jürgen Stock has welcomed the communique issued by the G7 Interior and Security Ministers meeting today (10 December).

After briefing the G7 meeting on cyber-enabled fraud and transnational organized crime, the Secretary General said:

"We warmly welcome the G7's commitment to fight transnational organized crime, an international crisis that is undermining the rule of law, communities and business around the world.

"As I set out, we are seeing a considerable increase in the volume and complexity of cyber-enabled fraud around the world. It is being perpetrated by polycriminal transnational organized crime groups, and includes both fraud operations and money laundering.

"We will only match this transnational organized crime through a complete global network - and so it is vital countries work together to tackle these threats internationally through organizations like the G7, but most of all through INTERPOL's global policing systems."

The Secretary General also highlighted INTERPOL's work on Black Axe, an organized crime group based in West Africa, but now based in 40 so-called zones worldwide using cyber-enabled criminal activities.

The G7 Interior and Security Ministers meeting was attended by Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as INTERPOL and the EU. The meeting was hosted by Japan in the city of Mito, Ibaraki.