Dawood, piracy issue likely to dominate Interpol-home ministry meet today

Written by Sanjay Jog | Mumbai, Feb 26 | Updated: Feb 27 2008, 03:49am hrs
The menace of counterfeiting and piracy involving organised criminal gangs and the presence of underworld kingpin Dawood Ibrahim allegedly in Pakistan is expected to dominate deliberations between the visiting Interpols secretary general Ronald K Noble and the home ministry officials. The talks are slated for Wednesday.

Noble, in Mumbai on Tuesday to launch Interpols intellectual property crime database at a global meet on piracy and counterfeit, without naming Pakistan, which is accused of shielding Dawood, asked all its members to ensure that no criminal roams around freely in their territory.

According to sources, Interpol in its special notice has already placed Mumbai blasts mastermind Dawood in the same category as top Al-Qaida operatives. Interpols special notice discloses Dawoods various addresses, including one in a posh colony in Karachi. The special notice, which is circulated to UN member nations, has details of Dawoods 11 passports and 16 aliases.

The issue is expected to be discussed afresh during Nobles meeting with home ministry officials and CBI director, sources said. Noble is also expected to discuss the issue of extradition of Dawood with the home ministry officials.

It is important for us to respect the sovereignty of each of our 186-members, but we will argue on the basis general principles and argue that it is in their best interest to follow the international principle and either prosecute or extradite a criminal, Noble said.