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INTERPOL and security checks from the U.A.E. and other Middle Eastern countries

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity
We continue to receive reports, like this one, of individuals who are wanted in the United Arab Emirates or other areas in the Middle East, for bounced security checks. I addressed the basics of this issue in a previous post, here.  At the time, it appeared that efforts to bring this matter to the forefront, led… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s CCF – how and when attorneys can have a second chance at obtaining a favorable CCF decision for their Red Notice clients (Part 3 of RNLJ’s New Rules series)

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Red Notice Challenges
In this series, Red Notice Law Journal addresses the changes created by the newly enacted CCF statute. Many of the changes are reflective of those requested by INTERPOL practitioners and by human rights organizations in the last several years. For example, Fair Trials International provided input that was instrumental in advocating for INTERPOL reform, and many… Continue Reading

INTERPOL Red Notice removal cases- a sample of results from 2016, part 1

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Politically Based Red Notices, Red Notice Challenges, Uncategorized
As the year begins, and changes appear to be coming to both INTERPOL and the CCF,* Red Notice Law Journal reviews some highlights from the CCF’s activity in 2016: First case study: Vladimir and Alexandr Kholodnyak In this case, our clients, Vladimir and Alexandr Kholodnyak,** succeeded in their efforts to remove the Russian- requested Red… Continue Reading

INTERPOL reform efforts on this side of the pond

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Uncategorized
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 Trials Leonard A. Homeniuk, former President and CEO, Centerra Gold Inc. William Browder, author of Red Notice and head of the Global… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Politically Based Red Notices
A reader recently posed some questions about INTERPOL’s dissemination of information, and those questions are answered in today’s post. Q: There has not been an annual report 2015 by Interpol so far – are there probably other sources that can tell numbers of red notices and diffusions issued in 2015 and numbers of valid notices/diffusions… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices, Red Notice Challenges
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 ago, in the midst of Venezuela’s worsening economic crisis.  Venezuelans already wait for hours in lines on a daily basis in an effort to obtain… Continue Reading

INTERPOL, refugees, and Red Notices

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Politically Based 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 here by Fair Trials International.  Fair Trials and the Open Dialog Foundation are among the organizations that have advocated for reform of INTERPOL’s policies regarding those individuals who have been granted refugee status,… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Uncategorized
INTERPOL is shocked, shocked, to find that FIFA might be connected to corrupt activity. 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 INTERPOL’s verification of reports that INTERPOL was reviewing… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Red Notice Challenges, Uncategorized
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.  As reported here, Mr. Nisman had filed a criminal complaint that accused Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman and others… Continue Reading

INTERPOL and politically motivated Red Notices in relation to extradition court proceedings

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Politically Based Red Notices
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 prohibits the organization’s involvement in matters of a political nature, so even where there is a criminal element to the request, if the overriding element… Continue Reading

INTERPOL Red Notices and Immigration- Why a Red Notice might cause deportation or inadmissibility even when it does not lead to a criminal arrest

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity
In the last post, I discussed the case of Carmelo Bruzzese, who is wanted by Italian authorities as a Red Notice subject charged with Mafia association. Although Bruzzese is living openly in Canada, Canadian authorities have never arrested him for the purpose of initiating extradition proceedings due to a lack of dual criminality of the… Continue Reading

INTERPOL Red Notices and Dual Criminality

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity
The case of Carmelo Bruzzese provides an interesting example of why Red Notices do not always lead to arrest and extradition, even where the alleged crime is rather serious by most standards. The National Post reports here that Canadian police did not arrest Bruzzese, although they knew where he was living and that he was wanted… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s Red Notices and How the U.S. Government Treats Red Notice Subjects

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Red Notice Challenges
A lawyer from China recently sent me this question:   How does American justice system treat a Red Notice? Will the authorities arrest the person right away upon discovering the Notice? Before addressing the question directly, it is also important to consider the purpose of the question, which is to determine what will happen to… Continue Reading

More on INTERPOL, the UAE, and Bounced Checks

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Red Notice Challenges
A reader recently sent in this comment, which has been modified to protect the reader’s privacy: As an expat living in Dubai, it is quite shocking to see in one hand UAE authorities promote their yet to be presented Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law and on the other they openly talk about referring people (expat of course) to Interpol… Continue Reading

INTERPOL Red Notices- Update on Bankers’ Use of INTERPOL’s Tools to Enforce Private Debts

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Red Notice Challenges
The UAE  banking crisis and its inappropriate involvement with INTERPOL Red Notices, which have been addressed here and here in this blog, appears to drag on still.  Parag Deulgaonkar reported recently for Emirates 24/7 that bankers in the UAE are still using INTERPOL’s tools to immobilize expatriates who owe money to their financial institutions.   As… Continue Reading

Travel as a Red Notice Subject

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity
A reader recently sent in a question about his ability to travel while INTERPOL may have a Red Notice (or other notice) pending in his name, as well as finding out whether he is actually the subject of such a notice. I have addressed this topic previously here (under INTERPOL’s Red Notices- Published and Unpublished),… Continue Reading

Removing an INTERPOL Red Notice- Where to start

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity
A reader recently posed a question that is often the first in a long line of questions that arise when one’s life is touched by INTERPOL.  The question: How could one verify and check whether he has a red notice issued by Interpol against his name? I check the Interpol site but I feel information… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s CCF: the 2012 Annual Report provides insight to the CCF’s decision-making process

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Red Notice Challenges
The Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s files has just issued its 2012 Annual Report.  The report provides information regarding the CCF’s activities over the last year.  It also includes statistics on the CCF’s decisions in cases that it considered during its three sessions in 2012. Over the next several posts, I will address various… Continue Reading

Traveling as a Red Notice Subject- How INTERPOL works with member countries to apprehend fugitives

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity
Last week, Bassama Al Jandaly of gulfnews reported that an alleged Italian mafia head was detained in Duabai based on a Red Notice issued at the request of Italian authorities.  The suspect, Amadeo Matacena, is wanted in Italy for charges of colluding with the Italian mafia. All news reports on this case indicate that local authorities in… Continue Reading

Red Notice status- why won’t they tell me?

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity
A reader recently sent in this question:   If you were trying to ascertain someone’s red notice status, and had followed the correct channels when inquiring with Interpol, could they still ignore you? If so why, and how else would you acquire this information without being arrested in the process? Just to clarify, I’m not… Continue Reading

Red Notice removal by INTERPOL member countries and Egypt’s slow request for modification of Sayed Ahmed Abdel Latif’s Red Notice

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Red Notice Challenges
Last week, INTERPOL issued a press release confirming that it had modified the Red Notice against Sayed Abdel Latif, and that the modification was made at the request of Egypt’s National Central Bureau (“NCB”) in Cairo.  The stated reason for the modification was that the charges listed in the Red Notice were incorrect, and had… Continue Reading

Removal of Red Notices and diffusions after case resolution

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Red Notice Challenges
A reader recently sent in the following comment and question: I have a diffusion notice against me , which was issued by the Indian government. This was done purely to harass me , using the high influence of politics. The case I was wrongly implicated in, is now resolved. So is there a way that… Continue Reading

Update on The Innocent Red Notice Client: When INTERPOL is Used Improperly by Member Countries

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Red Notice Challenges
This post was originally published on July 18, 2011; this is an updated version. Today’s post addresses an insightful and very personal comment that was posted here.  The author of that comment noted, correctly, that INTERPOL is sometimes used to further the corrupt goals of certain law enforcement officials in various member countries.  Obviously, the issuance… Continue Reading