Interpol & Cross-Border Action

Cross Border Criminal & Civil Assistance

Interpol, Extraditions & Sanctions

We regularly assist in dealing with extradition, detention and Interpol notices. Contact us for advice on dealing with sanctions.

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Our experience extends to financial crimes as well as an understanding of what is required to minimise unnecessary detentions and proceedings.

We have dealt with matters concerning Latin American and South American countries, United States banking, money-laundering in Switzerland and financial crime related aspects in the Middle East, Asia and as well as in Australia.

Experience is required to tease out the issues and deal with the international regulators and bodies without unnecessarily aggravating what is already a tense situation for those individuals. . This needs tact, guile and strong submissions.

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Types Of Interpol Notices

What Is A RED Notice

A red notice is an alert issued by INTERPOL at the request of one of its member countries, indicating that the country seeks the individual’s provisional arrest with a view to extradition.

Red notices are recorded on INTERPOL’s databases for instant circulation to police forces and border agencies around the world.

Issued at the request of individual countries in order to seek the provisional arrest of a person with a view to obtaining their extradition, INTERPOL Red Notices can have a devastating impact on a person’s freedom.

A Red Notice is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action.

  • Information to identify the wanted person, such as their name, date of birth, nationality, hair and eye colour, photographs and fingerprints if available.

  • Information related to the crime they are wanted for, which can typically be murder, rape, child abuse or armed robbery.

Red Notices are published by INTERPOL at the request of a member country and must comply with INTERPOL’s Constitution and Rules.

A Red Notice is not an international arrest warrant but an international wanted persons notice, but it is not an arrest warrant.

Sanctions Regimes in Australia

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How Many Red Notices Are There?

There are currently approximately 58,000 valid Red Notices, of which some 7,000 are public.

The majority of Red Notices are restricted to law enforcement use only.

In some cases, for example where the public’s help is needed to locate an individual or they pose a threat to public safety, a public extract of the Red Notice is published on INTERPOLS website.

In 2018, INTERPOL issued 13,516 Red Notices.

Townsville Australian – Julian Assange- Red Notice before being charged? Col. Muammar Gaddafi – Libya- Orange Notice?

Who Are The Subjects Of Red Notices?

Red Notices are issued for fugitives wanted either for prosecution or to serve a sentence. This follows judicial proceedings in the country issuing the request. This is not always the home country of the individual, but the country where the crime was committed.

When a person is sought for prosecution, they have not been convicted and should be considered innocent until proven guilty. A person sought to serve a sentence means they have been found guilty by a court in the issuing country.

Whenever new and relevant information is brought to the attention of the General Secretariat after a Red Notice has been issued, the task force re-examines the case.

Where regimes experience political turmoil and high-level public corruption, there is a clear risk of INTERPOL’s systems being abused. Even where extradition proceedings are successfully resisted, there is no guarantee that the Red Notice will be withdrawn.

Political Interpol Notices & Extradition

Some of these countries have persistently poor human rights records; some are in a state of political upheaval. Red notices issued by some of these countries will inevitably be tainted by political, prosecutorial or judicial corruption.

Our INTERPOL red notices lawyers frequently advise on the following questions:

  • How do I find out whether an INTERPOL red notice has been issued for me?

  • How might I try to persuade INTERPOL not to issue a red notice?

  • How do I challenge and remove an INTERPOL red notice?

  • How can I travel safely to a particular country if an INTERPOL red notice has been issued for me?

Challenging Interpol Red Notices

Adopting an effective strategy for challenging an INTERPOL red notice will always depend on the circumstances of the case. An effective strategy may comprise a combination of any of the following courses of action:

  • Working with lawyers in the requesting state in order to withdraw the local arrest

  • Working with the authorities to persuade INTERPOL not to issue a red notice in the first place

  • Challenging INTERPOL directly if the red notice arises from politically motivated criminal proceedings

  • Article 3 of INTERPOL’s Constitution, which prohibits INTERPOL from undertaking any intervention of activities of a “political, military, religious or racial character”

  • Challenging INTERPOL directly if the red notice arises from a civil rather than criminal dispute, and so violates Article 83 of INTERPOL’s Rules on the Processing of Data, which prohibits a red notice being issued in relation to “laws or regulations of an administrative nature or deriving from private disputes”

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