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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 Red Notice removal cases- a sample of results from 2016, part 2

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Red Notice Challenges
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. Second case study: Americas-based client with Red Notice from north African country In this case, our client had visited a country in the north of Africa… 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’s Refugee Policy

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices
Today’s post is by attorney Yuriy Nemets, who has given considerable thought to the issue of INTERPOL’s refugee policy, how it is being implemented, and how it might be further developed. _______________________________________________________________________ INTERPOL’s New Policy on Refugees: Is Everything Settled? Yuriy L. Nemets, Esq. Managing Member at Law Office of Yuriy L. Nemets PLLC LL.B.,… 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 and Russia- time for sanctions?

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices
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 with that privilege comes the obligation to follow INTERPOL’s rules, not the least of which are the requirements that every… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s CCF: Movement toward transparency

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Red Notice Challenges, Uncategorized
Given the fact that I have done my share of complaining about the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files demonstrating a lack of transparency and the need for more disclosure about its decision-making process, it is only fair that credit be given when the CCF does show progress on those fronts. In a decision that my… 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- more meetings, more staff, and new policy all lead to quicker decisions

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Red Notice Challenges
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 current approach to its ever-increasing caseload: A continuing increase in the workload of the… Continue Reading

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

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices, Red Notice Challenges
“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. Earlier this year, INTERPOL announced its new policy on refugees, as discussed here. Mr.… Continue Reading

Toward ending dictators’ abuse of INTERPOL’s tools: Fair Trials brings “Demonizing Dissidents” to D.C.

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices, Red Notice Challenges
I’m having the very pleasant experience of feeling a bit of fall weather this weekend, not because Miami has become unseasonably cool, but because I am in Washington, D.C. to attend an event hosted by Fair Trials, International. Fair Trials has organized “Demonizing Dissidents” to highlight the abuse of INTERPOL by dictatorships that persecute journalists,… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s CCF- How plain and clear responses will reduce the workload and increase transparency

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Red Notice Challenges
Some of the best advice I ever received was from a professor who told my law school class to “knock off the legal mumbo-jumbo” and just speak plainly, so people can understand you.  When lawyers speak in legal-ese or in industry terms, the only people who really understand them are other lawyers, and other people… 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’s CCF and the significance of Ex-Ukrainian president Yanukovych no longer appearing on Interpol’s website

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices, Red Notice Challenges
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 significant. In 2014, likely due to the public nature of the case, INTERPOL took the unusual step… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s CCF- How long will the Commission take to respond?

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Red Notice Challenges
I recently received an inquiry from a reader who posed perhaps the most common question that arises from people who have submitted inquiries to INTERPOL’s CCF: My mother-in-law has been a red notice subject, because her company in UAE could not repay a commercial loan and her partners escaped. So, she is the only one… 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

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

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Red Notice Challenges
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 INTERPOL has issued Red Notices for six of those people. FIFA and INTERPOL have had extensive dealings with one another… Continue Reading

How INTERPOL contributed to the confusion about its role in the abduction of a Mexican minor to the United States

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity
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 with the woman at all. Rafael Romo of CNN reports that the case unfolded as… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s looking for murderers, drug traffickers, and … Justin Bieber?

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity
INTERPOL states as its vision that it is “connecting police for a safer world.” So naturally, when I read that Argentina had requested a Red Notice for Justin Bieber, I initially had trouble envisioning how the world might be safer if Mr. Bieber were in custody in Argentina. But then I thought, is it possible? Could the… 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