Interpol hails arrest of fugitive US crime boss

23rd June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Interpol praised Thursday the arrest by US police of James "Whitey" Bulger, an alleged crime boss wanted since 1995 for a string of murders who was an inspiration for gangster film "The Departed."

"The arrest of James Bulger and his girlfriend after so many years on the run is testimony to the dedication and tenacity of the FBI officers involved," said Stefano Carvelli of Interpol's Fugitive Investigative Support unit.

"It is once again a clear signal for all fugitives everywhere, that no matter how much time has passed, once they are wanted they will remain wanted until brought to justice," he added in a statement.

Bulger, 81, and his longtime companion Catherine Greig, 60, were both targeted by the France-based international police body's Operation Infra-Red, or International Fugitive Round-Up and Arrest Red Notices.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said it had arrested the pair at a residence in Santa Monica, California, on Wednesday evening.

Bulger, who has been indicted for 19 murders, was the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's character in "The Departed," the gritty 2006 crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and also starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon.

© 2011 AFP

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