Italian tax police seeks greater Interpol cooperation

Saturday, January 12, 2013
Enhancing international cooperation against financial crime was the focus of talks between the Chief of Italy’s
Guardia di Finanza, Lieutenant General Saverio Capolupo (pictured right), and INTERPOL Secretary General
Ronald K. Noble (left).
[PHOTO: Special Arrangements] 
Lyon: Identifying further areas of cooperation in which INTERPOL’s global tools and law enforcement network can support national and international efforts, including training, against financial crimes, was the focus of Thursday’s (10th January) visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters by the General Commander of Italy’s Guardia di Finanza Corps (GdF), Lieutenant General Saverio Capolupo.

With Italy a destination and transit country for the trafficking of illicit goods, meetings with Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and other senior INTERPOL officials reviewed activities in this area and others – such as money laundering, fraud, forgery, illegal immigration and stolen works of art – in which the Guardia di Finanza and INTERPOL operate and share initiatives.

“Financial crime does not stop at our borders, it is a real threat which affects economies worldwide and requires international information-sharing and collaboration. In this respect, the Guardia di Finanza supports international efforts led by INTERPOL to strengthen professional international police cooperation against financial crime, including in the area of illicit trade and counterfeit goods,” said Lt. Gen. Saverio Capolupo.

The Guardia di Finanza is today a key partner of INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods programme launched in 2012. Previously, it provided strong support to INTERPOL’s Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) programme in Europe and beyond, including the provision of training and operational resources.

“During its relationship with INTERPOL, Italy’s Guardia di Finanza has demonstrated its leadership in international law enforcement cooperation against financial crime, particularly in the area of training, and it is an essential partner to INTERPOL’s vision for a safer world at a time when globalization has seen the expansion and diversification of transnational organized crime,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

GdF support for INTERPOL’s former IPR programme saw Italy’s Financial Police provide expertise and logistical support to four training events on combating transnational organized intellectual property crime held at Italy’s Tax Police training school in Rome between 2007 and 2009 when it was headed by Lt. Gen. Capolupo.

Since 2009, GdF officers have also been regularly involved in INTERPOL-organized training seminars worldwide to present successful case studies and share best practices on combating economic crime.

In 2011 and 2012, Italy’s Financial Police also played a major role in Italy as a participating law enforcement agency in operations OPSON and OPSON II led by INTERPOL against food-related crime. The operations led to the seizure of tonnes of substandard foods and drinks unfit for human consumption.

General Commander Capolupo was accompanied during his visit to INTERPOL by the Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Rome, Major General Antonio Lisi, the Head of the GdF International Relations Office, Colonel Antonio Leone, and the Head of General Affairs from the General Commander’s Cabinet, Captain Davide Colella.
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