“INTERPOL Reviewing 40,000 Wanted Notices for Political Abuse” – What’s Behind the Message?

On December 1, 2017, the Associated Press reported that according to a confidential memorandum INTERPOL was reviewing 40,000 red notices to ensure they were not politically motivated.  A red notice is a request any of the 192 member countries can disseminate via INTERPOL’s channels to seek the location and arrest of a wanted person for the purposes of his or her extradition.  Article 3 of the INTERPOL Constitution strictly forbids the organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.  However, in a number of cases INTERPOL has found that some of its member countries have used the organization’s resources to persecute political opponents and other victims of unlawful criminal prosecutions. The memorandum reflects the November 20 meeting between INTERPOL and European Union officials held after two European Union citizens, Dogan Akhanli, a German-Turkish writer, and Hamza Yalcin, a…

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