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Pakistan seeks evidence for Mumbai attacks probe from Interpol

Source: PTI
March 08, 2009 19:05 IST
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Pakistan has asked the Interpol to help it obtain information located in seven countries in connection with the Mumbai terror attacks, Interpol chief Ronald Noble saidĀ in IslamabadĀ on Sunday. As Pakistan has asked Interpol to help get information from these countries, the organisation will "deploy teams in three countries" tomorrow and send staff to the other nations,Noble said.

Noble, who is in Pakistan to update himself on the Mumbai attack probe, said his organisation will help probe links to the Mumbai attacks in seven countries, including India. The other countries are in Europe and the Middle East, he said without giving details.

"The FIA's thorough and exhaustive investigation had uncovered "clear and objective links in these seven countries.Pakistan has shared all the information uncovered during its probe with Interpol. This information is being checked against Interpol's global databases to determine what other international links may exist to the Mumbai attacks," Noble said in press conference.

Once Interpol receives DNA profiles of suspects from Pakistan later this week, these will be compared with over 83,000 DNA profiles at a database in the organisation's headquarters. However, the process can be complete only when India sends DNA profiles of its suspects to Interpol, he said.

"For the (Pakistani) case to be linked to the Mumbai attacks, you need to take these DNA profiles and link them to the actual physical material and evidence seized by Indian authorities in order to prosecute the people that have been detained in Pakistan," Noble said.

He reiterated that Interpol had not received any "police or investigative information" on the attacks from the Indian government or law enforcement agencies. However, he said Interpol functions on voluntary cooperation and cannot force anyone to work with it.

Giving details of the FIA's probe, Noble said it had uncovered financing links and the "sophisticated use of internet protocols and emails". It also uncovered information on those who planned, facilitated and funded attacks, telephone numbers and bank accounts used in terroristfinancing.

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