Un-ringing the Bell, Part 1: What Leads to INTERPOL Circulating Erroneous Information?


As some unfortunate souls have discovered, INTERPOL sometimes publishes information that is simply wrong. Due to the "honor system" it uses to allow member countries to request Red Notices, there are instances where INTERPOL issues a Red Notice containing erroneous information, which can happen in one of several ways:

1. The underlying charge is completely fabricated by law enforcement or judicial officials in the requesting country,

2. The underlying charge is mischaracterized by the requesting country, or

3. The Red Notice itself as issued by INTERPOL contains an erroneous characterization of the underlying charges

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