A reader recently sent in the following questions:

Can you tell me would the IRS issue a diffusion notice in a civil tax audit involving offshore banking? Would Interpol even accept a diffusion notice on a non criminal case? And if so what does that mean to a person travelling?

The reader rightly questions whether

In the March 10th post for this blog, I addressed the widespread failure of INTERPOL member countries to make use of INTERPOL’s stolen passport database, and anticipated that Malaysia would seek to improve its efforts to detect lost and stolen passports among travellers.

This past Friday, the Canadian Press reported here that a Malaysian airline

A good number of Red Notice subjects who seek to remove their notices from INTERPOL’s files are legitimate businessmen and women who need to travel to maintain their livelihoods.  Many of them find themselves forced to challenge a Red Notice that was improperly issued based on political grounds or business disputes. The fact that they

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