INTERPOL Red Notices

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INTERPOL’s Refugee Policy

In February 2015, INTERPOL disseminated among its national central bureaus (NCBs) a new policy regarding red notices and diffusions seeking detention of individuals with refugee status. According to the new policy, in...more

INTERPOL reform efforts on this side of the pond

Yesterday, I was fortunate to attend the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission’s briefing on the issue of allegations of INTERPOL Red Notice abuse.  The panelists included: Rebecca Shaeffer, Senior Legal and Policy Officer, Fair...more

INTERPOL and China’s Sky Net anti-corruption investigation- can INTERPOL support China’s anti-corruption efforts while still...

One of my favorite adages is one that defense attorneys use in closing arguments when the government’s case contains some evidence of guilt, and some evidence of illegal police conduct...more

INTERPOL and politically motivated Red Notices- what we can learn from INTERPOL’s annual reports

A reader recently posed some questions about INTERPOL’s dissemination of information, and those questions are answered in today’s post....more

INTERPOL can expect more politically motivated requests from Venezuela – this time with sights on Kimberly-Clark representatives

Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, has threatened to at least attempt to continue Venezuela’s abuse of INTERPOL’s Red Notice system. The paper product supplier Kimberly-Clark stopped production in Venezuela several weeks...more

INTERPOL and Russia- time for sanctions?

The Russian Federation is one of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries, which means that it has the privilege of using INTERPOL’s databases to help it track down wanted suspects and convicts for prosecution and sentencing. Along...more

Red Notice Newsletter - March 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Olympus to Pay $646 Million for Anti­Kickback and FCPA Violations - Early this month, Olympus Corp. of the Americas (OCA) settled government investigations related to violations of the...more

INTERPOL and U.S. reject baseless charges against US-based Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen

Clients often ask if a INTERPOL member country can request another Red Notice after it has been rejected or deleted already by INTERPOL. This concern arises when the Red Notice request is motivated by political concerns or...more

INTERPOL’s CCF- more meetings, more staff, and new policy all lead to quicker decisions

In the last post, I addressed the fact that it seems that some of the CCF’s decisions are being issued more quickly than they have been issued in the past. The CCF’s 2014 Annual Report sheds some light on the Commission’s...more

A refugee’s victory: INTERPOL’s new political refugee policy is already affecting lives for the better

“My life today is different.” These are the words of one of our clients, Mauricio Ochoa Urioste, whose life changed from one day to the next because he is no longer listed as a wanted person on INTERPOL’s Red Notice list....more

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

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

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

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

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

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 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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