One of the primary purposes of a Red Notice is for INTERPOL’s member countries to assist each other in finding Red Notice subjects and extraditing them back to the countries who seek to prosecute or sentence them.

Sometimes, when authorities find a Red Notice subject in their country and alert the original requesting country to

The case of Carmelo Bruzzese provides an interesting example of why Red Notices do not always lead to arrest and extradition, even where the alleged crime is rather serious by most standards.

The National Post reports here that Canadian police did not arrest Bruzzese, although they knew where he was living and that he was

A lawyer from China recently sent me this question:  

How does American justice system treat a Red Notice? Will the authorities arrest the person right away upon discovering the Notice?

Before addressing the question directly, it is also important to consider the purpose of the question, which is to determine what will happen to

Last week, Bassama Al Jandaly of gulfnews reported that an alleged Italian mafia head was detained in Duabai based on a Red Notice issued at the request of Italian authorities.  The suspect, Amadeo Matacena, is wanted in Italy for charges of colluding with the Italian mafia.

All news reports on this case indicate that local

In a continuation of a series of posts about the CCF’s Annual Report for 2011, today’s post focuses on a perhaps surprising, but apparently common, occurence in INTERPOL member country courts around the world.

In its Annual Report, the CCF noted that many domestic courts were confused about INTERPOL’s role in extradition proceedings.  The

For the next several posts, the focus of this blog will be on the issues raised and discussed in the 2011 Annual Report by the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (“CCF”), found here.  Every year, the CCF issues its report, focusing on INTERPOL’s accomplishments and challenges from the CCF’s vantage point.  This

INTERPOL’s role in the world of law enforcement, boiled down to its bare bones, is to aid its member countries with two things:  1) alerting them to the movement of wanted persons, and 2) assisting in the apprehension of wanted persons.  The alerting is normally accomplished via a member country’s request for a Red Notice.

INTERPOL’s most well-known tool, the Red Notice, exists to aid its member countries’ law enforcement efforts for the following purpose:

To seek the arrest or provisional arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition.

Member countries are required to be responsive to requests for supporting documentation regarding the grounds for an extradition request