The Daily Star on July 1, 2011 released the following:
“BEIRUT: INTERPOL called Friday on the Special Tribunal of Lebanon to enable it to add the names of individuals wanted over the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri into its database.
“The Special Tribunal of Lebanon also has the authority to request INTERPOL to keep the names of those wanted for arrest confidential, under seal, and made available only to police in INTERPOL’s 188 member countries,” a statement by INTERPOL said.
INITERPOL said that it “can offer no explanation” as to why the STL had not yet handed over the names of those named in the indictment.
“Until now, INTERPOL has received no request from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon to issue INTERPOL Red Notices or to enter into INTERPOL’s databases any information about the individuals wanted for arrest,” the statement said.
The court handed over a sealed indictment Thursday to Lebanon’s state prosecutor, containing the names of four individuals, at least two of them believed to be members of Hezbollah, including a senior military commander.
Interior Minister Marwan Charbel told AFP Friday that the four suspects were Mustafa Badreddine, a Hezbollah military commander, Salim al-Ayyash, also believed to be a Hezbollah operative, and Hasan Oneissy and Asad Sabra.
The INTERPOL statement noted that the organization had been closely cooperating with the STL since its formation.
“The failure to include the names and identifiers of those wanted for arrest in INTERPOL databases increases their ability to cross international borders undetected and to avoid apprehension,” INTERPOL’s Secretary General, Ronald K. Noble, was quoted in the statement as saying.
“Police cannot arrest, prevent dangerous persons from entering their countries’ borders, or prevent their flight from justice of other countries based on information in the media; police require authorization from judicial or other governmental authorities.””
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