Red Notice from Interpol

  Based in Lyon, France, and comprising 190 countries, Interpol defines its role as enabling “police around the world to work together to make the world a safer place.”   It has often done this, allowing police forces to share information about the whereabouts of mafia bosses, murderers and other criminals, and to secure their arrest.

But the Interpol membership of nations — like Russia, Iran and Zimbabwe — that routinely use their justice systems to persecute political foes has stirred worries that wanted notices can be easily misused. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/07/world/europe/how-moscow-uses-interpol-to-pursue-its-enemies.html

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 Nov 10  PRESS RELEASE: China’s Meng Hongwei elected President of INTERPOL:  

11-10-16    BEIJING (Reuters) – Global police cooperation agency Interpol elected a senior Chinese public security official as president, Chinese state media said on Thursday, in what could be a boost to Beijing’s domestic anti-graft crackdown.

The move hands China another leading spot on an international agency and will likely help facilitate its high-profile efforts to track down Chinese fugitive officials who have fled the country.

Vice Public Security Minister Meng Hongwei was chosen for a four-year term at the agency’s 85th members’ meeting in Indonesia, the official Xinhua news agency said.  http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/senior-chinese-public-security-official-chosen-as-interpol-head—xinhua/42581636

 

Will Interpol join in organ transplants from Falun Gong members?  -r

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16 August 2012 – Media release

INTERPOL Red Notice for Julian Assange remains in force

LYON, France – INTERPOL confirms that its Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, issued for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at Sweden’s request in November 2010 remains valid.

Confirmation that Mr Assange’s Red Notice status remains in force follows Thursday’s decision by authorities in Ecuador to grant asylum to Mr Assange, two months after he took refuge in its London embassy while fighting extradition from the UK to Sweden where authorities want to question him in connection with alleged sexual offences.

A Red Notice status is a request for any country to identify or locate an individual with a view to their provisional arrest and extradition in accordance with the country’s national laws.  Many of INTERPOL’s member countries consider a Red Notice a valid request for provisional arrest, especially if they are linked to the requesting country via a bilateral extradition treaty.  In cases where arrests are made based on a Red Notice, these are made by national police officials in INTERPOL member countries.

INTERPOL cannot compel any of its 190 member countries to arrest the subject of a Red Notice.  Any individual wanted for arrest should be considered innocent until proven guilty.

PR065-204

Julian ASSANGE

https://www.interpol.int/News-and-media/News/2012/PR065

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11-11-16     After considerable pushback from the scientific community, the American Physical Society retracted a recent press release this week that congratulated climate skeptic Donald Trump on winning the presidential election.

“The American Physical Society (APS) congratulates Donald Trump on being elected president of the United States of America,” the Wednesday statement read.

APS, the world’s second-largest organization of physicists, urged the president-elect to adopt policies that prioritize science so the United States can reclaim its leadership role. The release noted that the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation ranked the U.S. just 10th in innovation worldwide, largely because it lacked adequate funding for scientific research.

“APS urges President-elect Trump to incorporate the necessary policies that will enable our nation to reclaim its scientific leadership, which it has lost during the past decade,” the statement continued.  “APS believes that such policies will help the Trump administration achieve its goal captured by its slogan, ‘Make America Great Again.’”

The page that once hosted the press release now reads, “APS has retracted the recent press release.  We apologize and regret the offense it has caused.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/major-physicists-group-retracts-trump-friendly-press-release-215349023.html

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Interpol's headquarters in Lyon, FranceInterpol’s headquarters in Lyon, France

5-8-14   Currently, Interpol is putting the finishing touches to the Global Complex for Innovation, a state-of-the-art new facility in Singapore that will open its doors later this year. This will enhance the organisation’s presence in Asia, and put it one step ahead in the fight against technological crime.    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10801997/Interpol-who-polices-the-worlds-police.html

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