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Group.png Interpol  
(Police, IGOWebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Headquarters in Lyon, France
MottoConnecting police for a safer world
HeadquartersLyon, France
LeaderInterpol/Secretary General
Member ofGlobal Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact
SubpageInterpol/Secretary General
International police group. The only group which IfS-liason Euan Grant specifically remarked "probably not" to make representations to, seemingly implying Interpol to be a substantially independent entity.

Interpol is an international police group which may have more operational independence from The Deep State than other such international bodies.

Institute for Statecraft comment

Euan Grant, in the middle of a list of groups to which he could offer workshops or "completed packages", specifically commented "(probably not Interpol)"[1]


The agency traces it's origins back to the International Anti-Anarchist Conference of 1889[2][3][4][5] and the first International Criminal Police Congress of 1914.[6] [7]


In May 2018 Bill Browder was arrested in Spain on the request of Russia through Interpol channels.[8]

In May 2020 Interpol issued a red notice for Anne Sacoolas, who in 2019 fled from the UK after driving a car which killed a 19 year old motorcyclist, despite the UK government claiming she had "diplomatic immunity".[9]

In August 2020 Interpol wrote that it had observed an "alarming rate" of cyberattacks targeting governments and corporations as employees and companies around the world.[10]


Several of the presidents of Interpol have been exposed as part of massive corruption affairs, or engaged in torture.

Ahmed Naser Al-Raisi, from the United Arab Emirates, 30th president of Interpol, was responsible for torture as a high ranking police officer in his home country.[11][12]

Meng Hongwei, a former Chinese politician and police officer who was the president of Interpol from 2016 to 2018, was detained and accused of taking bribes by Chinese anti-corruption authorities. On 21 January 2020, Meng was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years in jail by a Chinese court for bribery during his time at the Chinese coast guard and Ministry of Public Security.[13]

Jacob "Jackie" Sello Selebi, president of Interpol 2004-2008, was the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service from January 2000 to January 2008, when he was put on extended leave and charged with corruption. In January 2008, Selebi resigned from Interpol in order to deal with the corruption allegations against him. He was convicted of corruption in July 2010 and sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment.[14]

West German police chief Paul Dickopf was president of Interpol 1968-1972. The former SS spook became leader of the German Federal Police after the war, where he recruited exclusively former Gestapo and SS officers. He was also a paid "unilateral agent" of the CIA since 1948.

Agostinho Lourenço was a Portuguese officer, best known for founding and running the Portuguese political police under the fascist Estado Novo, creating a system of snitches, political prison camps, and use of heavy torture. He always kept a "good relationship" with the MI6, which allowed him in 1956 to become the president of Interpol, which he remained for five years.

Jolly Bugarin was a Filipino criminologist who served as Director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) from 1967 to 1986 and President of Interpol from 1980 to 1984. He was considered a crony for the Ferdinand Marcos administration.[15] In 1986, a case was filed against Bugarin for ill-gotten properties, including house and lots in North Greenhills and Valle Verde Subdivisions and club shares in Manila Polo Club and Makati Sports Club. In 2002, the Supreme Court said Bugarin “amassed wealth” amounting to P2.1 million between 1968 and 1980.[16]


  1. Document:Euan Grant Contributions


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