Michelle Estlund is the author of the Red Notice Law Journal, a blog created to discuss Interpol proceedings, with a particular focus of Red Notices. These confusing and controversial warrants are the closest thing to international warrants for arrest in use today. The Red Notice Law Journal exists as a comprehensive informational and support tool for people and businesses who face or have an interest in international extradition or Red Notice related matters.
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A Red Notice has been issued for Muammar Gaddafi. This is not surprising given the crimes against humanity that he is alleged to have committed. What would be surprising would be if he travelled in any manner that allowed a Red Notice to be of real service in his capture. Red Notices...
As much as we may complain about some NCB's (National Central Bureaus) behaving improperly with respect to their INTERPOL duties, it's always nice to hear that others handle their responsibilities properly. A few months ago, I spoke with a subject of a Red Notice from Denmark who had agreed...
One of the very few moments that a criminal defendant has control over a criminal matter is when he first becomes aware of the criminal allegations. If a defendant's attorney acts quickly enough, information discovered during an investigation can prevent charges from ever being filed....
MSNBC reporter Greg Keller writes that twenty-five suspected members of Anonymous were arrested in connection with hacking into various law enforcement databases. An investigation that began in mid-February led to the arrests. Now it is being reported that INTERPOL's website also may...
Since completing the first session of the year in late January, the staff and commission members of the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL's Files (CCF) are likely a bit tired. Each year, the number of Red Notices grows. In January, INTERPOL's Secretary General, Ronald Noble,...
A reader commented on February 12 as follows regarding an old post regarding Venezuela's Red Notice history: "Your animus towards Venezuela (or towards the Chavez Govt.) is misplaced, given the malfeasance of other INTERPOL member states. The judge you mention, Maria Lourdes Afiun, did not...
In the last post, the focus was on INTERPOL's consciousness of its potential vulnerability to legal action based on improperly issued Red Notices. INTERPOL's I-Link system, which allows member countries much more broad discretion in the issuance of Red Notices, has allowed for information to...
In a recent MSNBC.com article, Ian Johnston reports on some of the frustrations experienced by Red Notice subjects as they attempt to challenge their Red Notices. He addresses the issue of possibly pending lawsuits against INTERPOL as a means of changing the manner in which a Red Notice is...
Back in December, I received the following comment from a reader in response to the post entitled, "How Much Political Motivation is Too Much for INTERPOL?" "I have been working in this Organization for the past 10 years and i can easily say that decisions on issuing red notices mainly...
A reader posted a question recently in response to a previous post about the manner in which INTERPOL member countries respond to locating a Red Notice subject. The reader specifically asked whether Red Notice subjects would be arrested in every member country upon their arrival to the...