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INTERPOL’s Red Notices and requests for removal based on political motivation

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Politically Based Red Notices, Red Notice Challenges, Uncategorized
A attorney/reader recently sent in this question on the topic of publicly available information on Red Notices, in relation to an individual wanted by authorities in a particular country: My question is whether there is any tabulation of Red Notices that have been revoked/rescinded because of the Article 3 political repression nature of the issuance.… Continue Reading

Interpol and red notice for journalists- will the United States go the way of Turkey next?

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Uncategorized
It was with great dismay that I read this article . It seems that under the administration of Donald Trump, United States officials are now gathering intelligence on the public activity of journalists, bloggers, and other people that the administration considers to be influencers on matters of import to the Department of Homeland Security. While obviously… Continue Reading

INTERPOL and China- time is telling for Red Notices

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Uncategorized
Let’s start with the specific good news: Fair Trials International obtained the removal of a Red Notice for current leader of the World Uyghur Congress, Dolkun Isa, who fled China in the 1990s and was pursued by Chinese authorities through INTERPOL for charges that were widely viewed as being politically motivated. Mr. Isa, a dissident… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s CCF application for Red Notice removal and confidentiality – part two of two

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Red Notice Challenges, Uncategorized
In the last post, we began a discussion on the issue of confidentiality in requests for Red Notice removals to the CCF. When a Red Notice subject requests removal of a Red Notice, he is obliged to explain to the CCF why he is entitled to relief, and that explanation often involves reference to illegal… Continue Reading

The CCF uses tough love on INTERPOL’s National Central Bureaus

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Infrastructure, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Red Notice Challenges, Uncategorized
Under the leadership of its current Chairman,  Vitalie Pirlog, the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (“CCF”) has proven in this year’s decisions that it is serious about holding National Central Bureaus to their obligations under INTERPOL’s rules. In his speech at this year’s General Assembly, Chairman Pirlog reminded INTERPOL’s membership that the CCF… Continue Reading

Turkey continues to challenge INTERPOL by abusing its Red Notice system

Posted in Collateral Effects of Red Notices, INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Member Country Activity, Uncategorized
Last month, a Swedish journalist of Turkish descent, Hamza Yalçin was finally released from detention in a Spanish jail awaiting an  extradition decision. Turkey has requested and received an INTERPOL Red Notice based upon an underlying charge of “terrorism” and insulting the Turkish president. If he had been extradited, Mr. Yalçin would have faced over 22 years… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s CCF to begin publication of decisions (Part 2 of RNLJ’s New Rules series)

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Uncategorized
As discussed in the last post, here, INTERPOL’s new rules governing the CCF took effect in March. From a practitioner’s standpoint, among the more significant changes is the CCF’s new task of publishing its opinions and providing reasoning for them. The CCF is now required to “endeavour to make its decisions, opinions, recommendations and reports… Continue Reading

INTERPOL’s CCF- Here come the lawyers! (Part 1 of RNLJ’s New Rules series)

Posted in INTERPOL's Tools and Practices, Red Notice Challenges, Uncategorized
Last November, at the annual meeting held under the direction of INTERPOL’s newest Secretary General, Jürgen Stock, the organization adopted new rules to be applied to its quasi-appellate body, the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (“CCF”).  This change marks the first time since 2012 that INTERPOL and the CCF have undergone such a substantive… Continue Reading

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 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 China’s Sky Net anti-corruption investigation- can INTERPOL support China’s anti-corruption efforts while still protecting human rights?

Posted in Member Country Activity, Red Notice Challenges, Uncategorized
One of my favorite adages is one that defense attorneys use in closing arguments when the government’s case contains some evidence of guilt, and some evidence of illegal police conduct: If a waiter in a restaurant brings you soup with a cockroach in it, you don’t eat around the cockroach- you send the whole bowl… 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 and U.S. reject baseless charges against US-based Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen

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Clients often ask if a INTERPOL member country can request another Red Notice after it has been rejected or deleted already by INTERPOL. This concern arises when the Red Notice request is motivated by political concerns or personal vendettas.  And, as the case of Fethullah Gülen illustrates, those repeat requests are sometimes made, and INTERPOL… 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 abuse highlighed at Fair Trials International Event at European Parliament

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Last month I had the opportunity to attend an event organized by Fair Trials International at the European Parliament.  The event was hosted by Judith Sargentini, MEP, and featured speakers who have been victims of abusive INTERPOL wanted alerts. The event was designed to be an opportunity to consider how EU institutions can work to… 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

INTERPOL’S Annual Report for 2011: Where INTERPOL Has Been and Where It’s Going

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INTERPOL’s latest Annual Report is out and can be found here.  It contains information regarding INTERPOL’s leadership, activities, new endeavors, priorities, infrastructure, and funding. Of particular interest is the organization’s strategic priorities regarding its legal foundation.  It has been known for some time now that INTERPOL deeply values its status as an international organization with… Continue Reading

A Growing INTERPOL: New Member Countries

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An update to this post: Last year, INTERPOL added two member countries: The Solomon Islands The State of Palestine INTERPOL noted in its press release announcing the two new members that each application was approved by a more than two-thirds majority vote at INTERPOL’s General Assembly, where the organization’s member countries meet annually. (The original post… Continue Reading