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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 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

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, 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 denies Russia’s Red Notice request for William Browder

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices
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 that the CCF (Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’S Files) considered Russia’s request to have Mr. Browder listed as… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s review of William Browder’s case

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices
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. Instead, INTERPOL is taking its time in issuing a decision on the matter, and has not issued any… 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’s evaluation of recent Russian Red Notice requests- criminal vs. political charges

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices, Red Notice Challenges, Uncategorized
Russia’s requests for Red Notices have been the subject of significant media coverage in the last two years.  Most recently, INTERPOL reportedly refused to issue a Red Notices for Ihor Kolomoisky, who is accused of masterminding murders, using prohibited methods and means of warfare, abduction, and other crimes linked to the armed conflict in the southeastern… Continue Reading

The effect of Russia’s court system(s) on INTERPOL

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices, Red Notice Challenges
In the last post, I discussed the endemic corruption in Russia’s courts and the need for INTERPOL’s heightened scrutiny of Russia’s Red Notice requests.  Today’s focus is on the reason that some litigants fare much worse than others in Russia’s courts, and how that affects INTERPOL. While Russians generally seem to agree that basic, low-level… Continue Reading

Why Russia’s corruption problem is also INTERPOL’s problem

Posted in Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices, Red Notice Challenges
INTERPOL has received improper requests for Red Notices from Russia in the past, and all current indicators point to a worsening of the situation rather than an improvement. Russia is an INTERPOL member country and is currently ranked 28 on Transparency International’s corruption index.  A score of 28 means that Transparency International has determined that… Continue Reading

Russia requests that INTERPOL issue a Red Notice for William Browder again

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices, Red Notice Challenges
Russia’s preoccupation with obtaining a Red Notice against William Browder continues.  I first addressed this issue here.  For those who haven’t followed the case, William Browder is the chief executive officer and co-founder of the investment fund Hermitage Capital Management, and a noted critic of Vladimir Putin.  When his attorney, Sergei Magnitsky, allegedly uncovered and… Continue Reading

The Effect of Egypt’s Broken Justice System on INTERPOL

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices, Red Notice Challenges
The Egyptian justice system continues to suffer from the absence of basic due process, and we continue to see example after example of cases wherein defendants receive no protection from unfair trial proceedings.  First, a look at the cases, and then, why it matters to INTERPOL: Last month, Human Rights Watch issued a report condemning the judicial… Continue Reading

INTERPOL Red Notice Removed for Gilberto Jesus Imery Gonzalez

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices, Red Notice Challenges
At a time when so many Venezuelans are suffering through political, economic, and social upheaval and violence, it can seem hard to come by good news.  Today, however, we do have some very good news. Gilberto Jesus Imery Gonzalez, a Venezuelan national and businessman currently living in the United States, has prevailed in having his… Continue Reading

Bolivian Anti-corruption Chief’s Extortion Conviction Shows How INTERPOL Red Notice Abuse Can Arise

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices, Red Notice Challenges
Humberto Roca’s story may seem unusual to Western minds, but it is all too familiar in the world of INTERPOL abuse.  Roca was the owner of a Bolivian airline company called Aerosur Airlines, and as a wealthy business owner who was critical of Bolivia’s government, was charged with “unjust enrichment” as his business was expropriated… Continue Reading

INTERPOL and country-to-country Red Notice removal efforts

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices, Red Notice Challenges
INTERPOL is an international information sharing agency that allows its 190 member countries to assist one another in the search for wanted persons who are suspected of having fled the jurisdiction of the requesting member country. While the vast majority of publicized Red Notice challenges seem to arise from individual requests for removal that are… Continue Reading

INTERPOL Red Notice subject Paul Watson back in the U.S.- and Costa Rican authorities still say they have a Red Notice in his name

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices
Paul Watson, founder of a marine wildlife conservation organization called the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, has landed in the United States.  Readers of this blog will recall that Mr. Watson had been exiled at sea for most of the last year because of outstanding Red Notices against him by both Japan and Costa Rica.  The… Continue Reading

Red Notice Request from Egypt- How Will INTERPOL Respond?

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices, Red Notice Challenges
Egyptian officials have reportedly requested that INTERPOL issue a Red Notice in the name of Mahmoud Ezzat, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.  Mr. Ezzat was, until recently, a professor at Zagazig University Faculty of Medicine. The Red Notice request is based upon the underlying charges of inciting murder and violence.  Prosecuting Attorney General Hisham… Continue Reading

Still a good idea- how INTERPOL can protect itself from its corrupt member countries

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices, Red Notice Challenges
 This post is an updated version of the original, which was published in July of 2011.   How could INTERPOL shield itself from being used as a political weapon against a corrupt country’s own people? In a previous post, I referenced an article by CNN writer Libby Lewis entitled, “Are some countries abusing Interpol?” In… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s latest decision on William Browder- no Red Notice

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices, Red Notice Challenges
The issue of Russia’s request for INTERPOL’s help in locating William Browder was previously covered here.  Mr. Browder sought the removal of his data from INTERPOL’s files, and his request was granted.  Since that time, Russia’s interest in Mr. Browder has continued, and earlier this week, Russia requested a Red Notice in Mr. Browder’s name.… Continue Reading

Egypt’s Verdict for NGO Workers- Guilty

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Politically Based Red Notices, Red Notice Challenges
Readers of this blog know that one of the stories we’ve been following has been the plight of the non-governmental workers who were charged with crimes related to their journalistic activities in Egypt.   The reason that this story is appropriate for a blog about INTERPOL is that Egypt sought Red Notices for those workers… Continue Reading