INTERPOL’s website contains a search page for wanted persons. A reader recently sent in a commonly posed question about those notices:
I have a query regarding Red Notices. If the information about a person against whom a red notice has been issued is no longer published on INTERPOL’s public website, does that mean that the red notice no longer exits? Also, is there any way of knowing the status of such a red notice?
When a notice that was once shown on INTERPOL’s website no longer appears there, it could be for several reasons:
- The notice has been withdrawn by the member country that originally requested it.
- The member country has requested that the notice remain active, but no longer be published on the website.
- The CCF has taken the case under consideration and INTERPOL has removed the notice while the matter is pending.
- The notice has been removed.
Under some circumstances, but not all, INTERPOL will explain the reason that the notice no longer appears. The CCF will always send a letter in response to a request for information, but only when the request meets the CCF’s criteria for a substantive response will one be given.
As always, thoughts and comments are welcomed.