Posted on November 9, 2012
Associated Press – 10 hrs ago
Associated Press/Alessandra Tarantino – Newly named Interpol
president Mireille Balestrazzi attends the closing session of the 81st
Interpol General Assembly, in VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI
denounced organized crime as a “gravely destabilizing threat” to society
during an audience Friday with members of Interpol, and called for
greater international cooperation to fight it.
Benedict called the trafficking
in organs as one of the more “barbarian” activities carried out
by organized crime groups, saying the victims “undergo physical and
moral humiliation which we had hoped were over after the tragedies of
the 20th century but which, unfortunately, have again surfaced.”
“These crimes transgress the
moral barriers which were progressively built up by civilization and
they reintroduce a form of barbarism which denies man and his dignity,”
Italy, which is battling
organized crime groups including the Sicilian Mafia, the Calabrian
‘ndrangheta and the Neapolitan Camorra, hosted the weeklong Interpol
meeting in Rome.
On Thursday, Interpol elected its
first female president, Mireille Ballestrazzi, the inspector general
of France’s national police.
In an interview with The
Associated Press after her election, Ballestrazzi said she was proud
about what her election meant for women, but stressed that she
represented all police forces in the common fight against crime.
“We need to face new threats like
cybercrime,” she said. “It is all about being across all fronts that
are a real threat like organized crime, human trafficking, obviously
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