INTERPOL released a Blue Notice following Japan’s Foreign Ministry ordering GaaSyy to return his passport after police obtained an arrest warrant over celebrity defamation and threat allegations.  GaaSyy, whose real name is Yoshikazu Higashitani, allegedly threatened three people, including actor Go Ayano, in his YouTube videos. In the videos, he is accused of

Paul Watson, the leader of the environmental activist organization, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, has been arrested and released on bond in Germany for alleged criminal activity in Costa Rican waters nearly ten years ago.  Interestingly enough, there appears to have been no Red Notice issued against Mr. Watson based on his Costa Rican activity.

A reader recently posted some questions about INTERPOL’s use of Blue Notices.  I omitted some of the reader’s comments and questions because of the identifiying information contained therein, but the reader’s basic questions present an opportunity to discuss whether one should be concerned about being the subject of a Blue Notice.  The short answer is, yes.