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INTERPOL’s announcement in the cases of Rafat Ali Rizvi and Hesham al-Warraq

Any time a lawyer is successful in his or her efforts to zealously represent a client, I feel an appreciation for the satisfaction that the lawyer must be experiencing. Recently, though, I learned of an attorney’s success...more

Immigration Corner: Time to Get Simeio-Compliant, Faster H-1Bs, a Permanent Resident Card Refresher and Increased Security...

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has now published a final policy memorandum designed to bring employers into compliance with the ruling in Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC and to assess whether H-1B...more

INTERPOL and the tax man

A reader recently sent in the following questions: Can you tell me would the IRS issue a diffusion notice in a civil tax audit involving offshore banking? Would Interpol even accept a diffusion notice on a non criminal...more

China Regulatory Enforcement Quarterly - Q2 2015

The Chinese regulatory enforcement landscape is still very active for the second quarter of 2015. In the absence of high-profile enforcement actions against Communist Party officials, Chinese authorities appear to be...more

INTERPOL, refugees, and Red Notices

This May, INTERPOL announced its new policy on its treatment of Red Notice subjects with refugee status.  The policy is addressed in detail by Fair Trials International.  Fair Trials and the Open Dialogue Foundation are among...more

INTERPOL and Justin Bieber- Red Notice removed, charges still pending

Justin Bieber might be breathing a bit easier when he travels these days: the Red Notice in his name was reportedly removed.  Bieber’s case provides an example of one of the situations in which a Red Notice is no longer a...more

INTERPOL’s CCF and the significance of Ex-Ukrainian president Yanukovych no longer appearing on Interpol’s website

INTERPOL has removed the Red Notice in the name of Ex-Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovych from its website. The removal of a name from INTERPOL’s online wanted pages is not indicative of a final decision, but it is...more

Feds Go After Websites Selling Suspect Medicine and Devices

Partnering with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, the FDA last month put the screws to more than 1,000 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous drugs and medical devices directly to consumers....more

FDA Reports Results of Annual Crack Down on Illegal Internet Pharmacies

Last week, FDA announced that more than 1,050 websites had illegal drugs and devices seized or received warning letters as part of the Eighth Annual International Internet Week of Action (IIWA). IIWA is an international...more

INTERPOL suspends FIFA donation funds, but what happens to the money now, and what happens to INTERPOL?

Last week, I addressed INTERPOL’s listing of several individuals who are wanted for prosecution by the United States for FIFA-related financial crimes. That post is here. In light of those listings, RNLJ requested...more

FIFA and INTERPOL, together again- U.S. charges FIFA officials and obtains Red Notices against them

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that FIFA has been dealing with a scandal lately: the U.S. government has charged multiple individuals with ties to FIFA with expansive criminal violations, and...more

FIFA Investigation Updates: President Resigns Amidst Corruption Probe; Interpol Issues Red Notices For Six

On June 2, continuing the fallout from the racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering indictments announced last week by DOJ against soccer executives at FIFA and others tied to the organization, FIFA President Sepp...more

FinCrimes Update - May 2015 Supplement

FEDERAL RESERVE ORDERS TWO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO IMPROVE BSA/AML COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS - On June 1, a Boston-based international financial services holding company and its banking subsidiary agreed to improve...more

How INTERPOL Contributed To The Confusion About Its Role In The Abduction Of A Mexican Minor To The United States

This week, Mexican and U.S. officials participated in the “return” of a 14-year-old girl to her “mother” in the United States.  Except that the woman claiming to be the mother is not her mother, and the girl had never lived...more

INTERPOL Red Notices – do they ever expire?

A reader recently sent in the following question: I wanted to know how long is a red alert in effect? I mean, when does it expires?I heard it was 6 months, but I haven’t found the legal basis.Can you help me please?...more

INTERPOL’s Red Notices for Iranian terror suspects and the connection to the case of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman

A reader recently sent in an inquiry about the case of Argentina’s scandal involving the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was shot just one day prior to his scheduled appearance at Argentina’s Congress. Mr. Nisman...more

INTERPOL denies Russia’s Red Notice request for William Browder

The CCF’s Decision - According to a press release issued by the William Browder camp today, INTERPOL has decided -again- to reject Russia’s request to list him as a wanted suspect in INTERPOL’s databases. This means...more

INTERPOL’s CCF increases its sessions for 2015- an encouraging sign

It appears that one of the first orders of business upon Nina Vajic‘s assuming her post as Chair of the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (CCF) was to increase the number of scheduled sessions for the year....more

INTERPOL abuse highlighed at Fair Trials International Event at European Parliament

Last month I had the opportunity to attend an event organized by Fair Trials International at the European Parliament.  The event was hosted by Judith Sargentini, MEP, and featured speakers who have been victims of abusive...more

INTERPOL’s review of William Browder’s case

It would seem to all observers of the William Browder case that INTERPOL’s most recent consideration of Russia’s request to issue a Red Notice against Mr. Browder would result in a swift denial, that has not happened....more

Final session of the year for INTERPOL’s CCF

Last week, the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (CCF) met for its final session of the year. Each year, the CCF meets three times a year, which is the minimum number of times it is required to meet according to...more

Will INTERPOL Issue a Red Notice Against an Innocent Person?

“But I’m innocent!” Clients who are the subjects of Red Notices frequently and understandably feel a sense of outrage over the fact that a Red Notice has been issued against them when they are in fact innocent of the charges...more

INTERPOL thanks outgoing Secretary General Ronald Noble and welcomes incoming Secretary General Jürgen Stock

INTERPOL’s next Secretary General, Jürgen Stock, was officially elected this past Friday at the organization’s annual General Assembly. Back in June of this year, INTERPOL’s Executive Committee chose Mr. Stock as its...more

A new leader for the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files

INTERPOL has a new Chairperson for the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files, which is the quasi-appellate arm of the organization. Nina Vajic assumed her new post as Chairperson in September....more

INTERPOL And Politically Motivated Red Notices In Relation To Extradition Court Proceedings

In the last post, I discussed INTERPOL’s refusal to issue certain Red Notices based on INTERPOL’s determination that the Red Notice requests were predominantly political in nature. INTERPOL’s constitution specifically...more

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