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INTERPOL Red Notice removal cases- a sample of results from 2016, part 3

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, 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: Third case study: a comparison of the CCF’s treatment of Russian Red Notice requests: In today’s post, I’ll compare two very different decisions from the CCF,… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s CCF shows that it needs imposed time limits for responses

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Red Notice Challenges
A reader recently sent in the following question: I am a red notice subject. I made a request to CCF and received a reply confirmation that the request is admissible. This was more than 2 years ago and I haven’t received anymore replies. Should I write back another request to CCF or should I just… Continue Reading

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

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices
  It appears that one of the first orders of business upon Nina Vajić‘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. The scheduled sessions for this year will be as follows: 25th – 27th February 2015… Continue Reading

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

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices
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 candidate to succeed Ronald Noble in INTERPOL’s “CEO” position. INTERPOL’s President Mireille  Ballestrazzi welcomed the election of the new Secretary General, and said: “The high-level responsibilities Mr… Continue Reading

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

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices
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 Vajić  assumed her new post as Chairperson in September. INTERPOL’s announcement regarding Ms.Vajić’s new term is found here.  In her primary profession, she is a professor of Human Rights Law at the Faculty… Continue Reading

Germany’s Juergen Stock slated to become INTERPOL’s Next Secretary General

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Red Notice Challenges
INTERPOL’s current Secretary General, Ronald Noble, will serve in his position until 2015, when his third term as Secretary General ends.   INTERPOL’s Executive Committee has chosen Juergen Stock as the candidate who is likely to become Noble’s successor.  His background and qualifications are summarized here, on INTERPOL’s website. The selection process is explained on… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s Need for Reform as Recommended by Fair Trials International

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity
This is the second in a series of posts addressing the current call for INTERPOL’s reform. Fair Trials International recently released a report containing its recommendations for change to INTERPOL’s current system.  The report, found here, includes two major areas for reform: 1.  Protection from abuse of INTERPOL’s tools by member countries, and 2.  Creation… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s Need for Reform as Recommended by Fair Trials International

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity
This is the second in a series of posts addressing the current call for INTERPOL’s reform Fair Trials International recently released a report containing its recommendations for change to INTERPOL’s current system.  The report, found here, includes two major areas for reform: 1.  Protection from abuse of INTERPOL’s tools by member countries, and 2.  Creation… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s CCF wants to evolve- and INTERPOL should support that evolution.

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Red Notice Challenges
(This is the fourth  post in a series about the CCF’s Annual Report for 2012)   In his speech to the General Assembly last month, the Chairman of the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files raised several issues for the GA’s consideration, and among them was the invitation to work with the General Secretariat… Continue Reading

INTERPOL and the CCF’s 2012 Annual Report- the CCF looks to strengthen its role

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Red Notice Challenges
(This is the third post in a series about the CCF’s 2012 Annual Report) Each year, the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (CCF) submits its annual report at the General Assembly meeting.  The report is normally presented by the the Chairman of the Commission in conjunction with his annual speech. This year, Chairman… 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

INTERPOL’s Role in Member Countries- No Messrs. Thompson and Thomson

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity
In the 2011 film version of The Adventures of Tintin:  the Secret ofthe Unicorn, part of the plot concerned two detectives who were “INTERPOL agents” investigating a crime.  The two detectives look very similar to one another and are portrayed as more or less bumbling, ineffective agents.   This was an animated film, so some artistic… Continue Reading

INTERPOL member countries- who’s in and who’s out?

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity
I received a question from a reader this week who was interested in knowing which countries were actually INTERPOL member countries.  INTERPOL keeps an updated list of its member countries on its website on this page.  Each member country has its own page of facts and relevant information.  Many also have links to press releases… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s I-link system: Growing Pains

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Infrastructure, Member Country Activity
When INTERPOL introduced its I-link system, the goal of the system was to provide its member countries with near-instant access to one another’s shared information about wanted subjects.  While that goal clearly has been met, it hasn’t been without some bumps in the road.   Along with the benefit of instant access come the drawbacks… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s Elections: The Executive Committee

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices
INTERPOL’s annual General Assembly was recently held in Rome.  Now that the GA has come to a close, we have been discussing some of the decisions made during the meetings.  In the last post, the President of INTERPOL was the topic; today, we review the other newest members of the Executive Committee. The Exectutive Committee… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s Elections: The New President, Mireille Ballestrazzi

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices
Now that INTERPOL’s annual General Assembly has come to a close, it’s a good time to discuss some of the decisions that were made during the GA’s annual meeting. First, let’s get to the GA’s choice for INTERPOL’s president: Mireille Ballestrazzi, Deputy Central Director of the French Judicial Police.  She will serve as INTERPOL’s first… Continue Reading

How INTERPOL’s CCF Can Reduce Its Backlog and Become More Efficient

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Red Notice Challenges
In the last post, we addressed the fact that the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (CCF) is still required under its operating rules to meet only three times per year.  This requirement has remained the same in spite of the fact that the Commission’s requests for relief have continued to increase over the… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s Grievance Process: Time for a Full-Time Commission?

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Red Notice Challenges
The process for seeking relief from an improperly issued Red Notice currently requires that the request be reviewed by the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files.  The Commission is made up of five individuals from specific professional backgrounds who, for the purposes of their assignments, act solely in the interest of INTERPOL and without… Continue Reading

The Trouble with I-Link: Reeling in INTERPOL’s More Reckless Member Countries

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity
In the last post, the focus was on INTERPOL’s consciousness of its potential vulnerability to legal action based on improperly issued Red Notices.  INTERPOL’s I-Link system, which allows member countries much more broad discretion in the issuance of Red Notices, has allowed for information to be processed using INTERPOL’s databases in a way that was… Continue Reading

Diplomacy and INTERPOL

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Red Notice Challenges
Back in December, I received the following comment from a reader in response to the post entitled, “How Much Political Motivation is Too Much for INTERPOL?” “I have been working in this Organization for the past 10 years and i can easily say that decisions on issuing red notices mainly depend on several people, when it comes… Continue Reading

INTERPOL: More Red Notices Than Ever

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices
If you think that you are hearing more about Red Notices and INTERPOL than you did in the past, you’re right.  There is currently more Red Notice activity than there has been in at least the last decade, and quite likely in INTERPOL’s history. INTERPOL’s 2010 Annual Report provides information regarding INTERPOL’s various endeavors last year.… Continue Reading

Who Owns the Information in INTERPOL’s Files?

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity
It is a given that a certain level of trust, even if for limited purposes, must exist between INTERPOL and its member countries.  Member countries send requests for Red Notices to INTERPOL in hopes of obtaining Red Notices against wanted persons.  The requests then become part of INTERPOL’s files.   With 188 member countries, there… Continue Reading

You’re Not the Boss of Me: How INTERPOL Got to Keep Its Headquarters in France, Without Being Governed by French Law (and Why Red Notice Subjects Have Access to Their Files)

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, Red Notice Challenges
As INTERPOL has developed over time, it has experienced the growing pains that normally attend any large and relatively complex entity, and also some that are more specific to its own, unusual functions.  In his book that I love, The Legal Foundations of INTERPOL, Rutsel Silvestre J. Martha touched on one of these developments:  the… Continue Reading

If I Were a Betting Man . . . I’d Watch Out for INTERPOL: What Lawyers Need to Know

Posted in INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices
I’m still thinking about the topic of the last post:  FIFA’s historic donation to INTERPOL.  The donation is meant to be used to prevent future crimes by training players, officials, and fans about the dangers of illegal betting and match-fixing.  It is not for the purpose of investigation of the crimes themselves. Does this mean… Continue Reading