Category Archives: Interpol Red Notices

INTERPOL under the spotlight

The process of electing INTERPOL’s new President last month attracted the attention of the world’s press and forced INTERPOL’s governance and political neutrality into the spotlight once more. The need for a change in leadership was brought about following the sudden disappearance and apparent detention of former President Meng Hongwei in China. Emerging as the […]

The end of the Dubai debt sentence?

The fallout from the 2008 financial crisis is still being felt by many who left the UAE in a hurry. Since then, the UAE has become an extradition partner of the UK. The UAE has on numerous occasions sought from the UK the extradition of British (and other) nationals, many of them legitimate business owners, […]

Andrew Smith examines Interpol red notices and transparency in Fair Trials

Interpol and transparency are not words that tend to appear in the same sentence. But over the course of the past decade, Interpol has been inching, slowly and painfully, towards greater transparency. One of the most recent positive steps is the publication of decisions of the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files (“CCIF”) as […]

Interpol decides to publish decisions on deletions of red notices – another small step towards transparency?

Interpol and transparency are not words that tend to appear in the same sentence. But over the course of the past decade, Interpol has been inching, slowly and painfully, towards greater transparency. One of the most recent positive steps is the publication of decisions of the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files (“CCIF”) as […]

Interpol got the Wrong Man: Edward Grange’s comments published in New Law Journal

Interpol got the Wrong Man A man wanted by Interpol has escaped extradition to Albania after establishing a case of mistaken identity. Leke Prendi was convicted in his absence and sentenced to 21 years for ambushing and robbing a bus full of clerics returning from pilgrimage in Albania. One man was killed. An Interpol red […]

Does the absence of an extradition treaty lull a person into a false sense of security?

A common misconception in international law is that if there is no extradition treaty in existence between two countries, then you cannot be detained pursuant to an extradition request or extradited. The recent arrest of Ahmed Mansour illustrates this misconception clearly. Mansour – an Al-Jazeera journalist – was arrested and detained in Germany as a […]

Interpol and the National Crime Agency

The recent case of T v National Crime Agency [2014] EWHC 3551 (Admin) offers a revealing glimpse into the frequently clandestine workings of Interpol and its relationship with the National Crime Agency (“NCA”), which acts as Interpol’s liaison point (or so-called National Control Bureau (“NCB”)) in the UK. The applicant was a Russian national granted asylum in […]

Interpol red notices – a step towards accountability?

Last week Interpol rejected a request by Egypt’s Prosecutor General to place Ahmed Shafiq on Interpol’s wanted persons (or “red notice”) list. Mr Shafiq, the former Prime Minister of deposed President Hosni Mubarak, ran against the current President Mohammed Morsi in the June 2012 elections. Shortly after losing the election Mr Shafiq was charged with corruption and wasting public money.