Un-ringing the Bell, Part 3: Can INTERPOL Force a National Central Bureau to Correct False Information?


In order for INTERPOL to publish a Red Notice, one of its 188 member countries must first request the Red Notice based upon certain criteria. This request is made by the member country's National Central Bureau (NCB). Today's post addresses the question of what can be done when an NCB submits erroneous or false information to INTERPOL.

When such a submission occurs, the information may be circulated in the form of a Red Notice worldwide to various law enforcement agencies and to border checkpoint locations. It may also be published on INTERPOL's website. The NCB's act therefore has a monumental ripple effect. However, INTERPOL respects the finite realm of its control, and advises aggrieved parties of the limits of its authority. Attorneys and Red Notice subjects are frequently reminded that INTERPOL cannot force a member country's NCB to take any specific action.

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