“Russia Requests Interpol Warrant for Hermitage Capital Boss”

July 25, 2013

RIA Novosti on July 25, 2013 released the following:

“MOSCOW, July 25 (RIA Novosti) – Russia has officially asked Interpol to put Hermitage Capital equity fund head William Browder on an international wanted list, following his earlier sentencing in absentia, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.

“On orders by the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Russian branch of Interpol has sent a request to the Interpol General Secretariat to issue an international search warrant for British citizen Browder William Felix, born in 1964,” the ministry said in a statement.

The statement said Browder had been sought on charges of grand fraud and tax evasion involving illegal purchase of Gazprom shares.

Browder was tried in absentia by a Moscow court in July and was sentenced to nine years in jail and banned from doing business in Russia for three years.

The case against Browder stated that he “ran companies that took part in the purchase of Gazprom shares in 1999-2004 at domestic-market prices, circumventing a ban on their sale to foreigners.” The court also ruled that “he tried to get access to the company’s financial reporting documents” and to influence decision-making via the board of directors.

In May, Moscow requested Interpol to issue a “blue notice” for Browder, requiring all 190 member states to “collect additional information about a person’s identity, location or activities in relation to a crime.”

However, the Interpol General Secretariat rejected the request, citing “a predominantly political nature” of the case against Browder.”

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“Interpol rejects Russia’s ‘political’ case against fund manager Browder”

June 4, 2013

Reuters UK on May 25, 2013 released the following:

By Jason Bush

“MOSCOW, May 25 – Interpol has refused to include UK-based fund manager William Browder on its international search list after deciding that Russia’s tax evasion case against him is “of a predominantly political nature”.

The decision is the latest twist in a long-running battle between the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Browder, whose investment company Hermitage Capital was once the largest investor in Russia’s equity market.

Browder has spearheaded an international campaign to expose corruption and human rights violations in Russia following the death in 2009 of Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer working for Hermitage who was investigating a $230 million tax fraud.

Magnitsky was arrested shortly after alleging that Russian officials were involved in the fraud, and later died in prison while awaiting trial, causing an international uproar.

An Interpol committee on Friday “concluded that the case was of a predominantly political nature” and deleted all information about Browder from its files, it said in a statement posted on its website.

Inclusion in the Lyon, France-based Interpol’s database would have facilitated Russia’s request for member countries to monitor Browder’s whereabouts, enabling Russia to issue an international arrest warrant to the country concerned.

The 190-nation police organisation said it had no further comment to make on the case.

“For Interpol to judge this case as being illegitimate and political is highly significant, and just goes to show how far the Putin regime has stepped over the line in the Magnitsky case, and a lot of other cases as well,” Browder told Reuters on Saturday.

The U.S. government in April issued a list of Russian officials subject to visa bans and asset freezes in the United States because of alleged involvement in human rights violations under the Magnitsky Act, prompting Moscow to respond with its own list of banned Americans.

Days later, a Moscow court ordered Browder’s arrest and placed him on Russia’s international wanted list.

Russian prosecutors have accused both Browder and Magnitsky of conspiring to underpay taxes by $16 million by using tax breaks for disabled employees. Their supporters have said the charges are trumped up.

A posthumous trial of Magnitsky started in March.

Alexei Pushkov, the head of the foreign affairs committee of Russia’s parliamentary lower house, told Interfax news agency on Saturday that Browder had “mobilised significant political resources” to have Russia’s request rejected.

“I think some influential quarters have put pressure on Interpol,” Pushkov said.

Browder is presently lobbying European governments to follow the United States in imposing sanctions against Russian officials.

“The objective of the Russian government was to paralyse my European Magnitsky sanctions campaign by making it impossible to travel without fear of being arrested,” he said.

(This version of the story corrects paragraph six to make clear that the countries are not obliged to act on information provided by Interpol.)

(Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)”

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Interpol Red Notice issued for F-Tech fraud case suspect

June 18, 2012

minivannews.com on June 18, 2012 released the following:

“By Hawwa Lubna

Interpol has issued a red notice for Mohamed Abdullah, wanted by Maldives Police in connection to the charges of defrauding the health ministry out of Rf 11.8 million (US$761, 290).

The 41 year-old was identified as the Managing Director of F-Tech Solutions, the company which allegedly doctored invoices and delivery notes and forged signatures to collect payment on medical supplies that have not been received by the health ministry to this day.

According to the Interpol website, Abullah is wanted for “Fraud, Counterfeiting/forgery”.

Auditor General Ibrahim Niyaz requested police investigate the fraud charges on April 12, following a special audit into the medical supply procurement agreement signed with F-Tech solutions in 2010.

Under the agreement, F-Tech Solutions was supposed to supply medical consumables and laboratory equipment worth Rf 12.8 million (US$831,169) but the audit revealed that the company had only supplied Rf 930, 512 (US$60,033) worth of goods.

Meanwhile, auditors found that the company forged signatures on delivery notes and invoices claiming goods had been supplied to the health ministry. Even on the instances goods were delivered, the prices listed for goods were much higher than those pledged in the contract.

“This office notes that F- Tech Solutions forged signatures on some delivery notes and invoices. Furthermore, the health ministry, hospitals and health centres have not received any of the goods said to have been delivered on the delivery notes. While the health ministry’s supply department has received goods noted on one invoice, the prices noted on the invoice are extraordinarily higher than prices pledged in the contract document,” the report said.

According to the Auditor General, tender evaluation board awarded the contract to F- Tech Solutions even though the company had no prior experience in supplying medical equipment, had lied about previously supplying medical equipment to the health ministry in bidding documents, and had no import licenses or permits from the Maldives Food and Drug Authority to distribute medical supplies.

The contract was also signed against the advice of Anti Corruption Commission’s (ACC), which at the time had raised concerns over F-Tech’s lack of necessary licenses and permits.

The tender evaluation board awarded the contract to F- Tech Solutions even though the company had no prior experience in supplying medical equipment, had lied about previously supplying medical equipment to the health ministry in bidding documents, and had no import licenses or permits from the Maldives Food and Drug Authority to distribute medical supplies, the report noted.

According to the report, the State Minister of Finance at the time opened a Local Letter of Credit facility (LC) worth the total contract amount for F-Tech Solutions at the State Bank of India (SBI). The Auditor General said the move contravened the Maldives Finance Act which states only 15 percent of total contract value can be paid out in advance.

Further, although the contract was made between F-Tech and the health ministry, the state minister for finance authorised finance ministry staff instead of health ministry staff to sign delivery notes, the report said.

Niyaz said the state minister’s decision to establish a LC facility “opened up the opportunity” for payments to be made for unsupplied goods and “weakened the state’s internal control mechanisms.”

A Deputy Director General at the Ministry of Finance and Treasury authorised payment to F-Tech without confirming receipt of goods with the health ministry, even though SBI had noted discrepancies between the invoices and delivery notes. Nine of the 21 invoices were issued a month before the date printed on delivery notes, the report said.

Moreover, the Health Ministry did not annul the contract with F- Tech Solutions as per the agreement even though the company had failed to supply medical equipment for the period October – December 2011.

Instead, the ministry had procured the consumables itself and told F- Tech the amount would be deducted from the total payment to the company. However, no such deduction took place.

Niyaz recommends filing fraud charges against F- Tech Solutions, and filing negligence charges against the Tender Evaluation Board, and relevant Health Ministry and Finance Ministry officials. The report does not name the accused.

However, according to local media, F–Tech has six directors: MD Mohamed Abdulla, Director of Operations Abdulla Rashid; Director of Administrations Abdulla Shafeeg; Director of Sales and Marketing Ahuyad Hisaan; Director of Logistics Rilwan Shareef and Director of Human Resources Fathimath Shiuna.

Of the six, Shareef and Shiuna are prominent activists of the former ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) activists.

Police Sub-Inpector Hassan Haneef today confirmed that an Interpol notice was issued for Abdullah after attempts made by local police to find him were unsuccessful.

When asked if any one has been arrested in relation to the case Haneef responded: ”We have questioned some people regarding this case. But no arrests have been made so far.””

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Italian Wanted by Interpol Detained in Minsk

May 4, 2012

Telegraf.by on May 4, 2012 released the following:

“May 3, a resident of Manerba (Italy), who was wanted by Interpol since October 2010 at the request of law enforcement agencies of Egypt, was detained in the Belarusian National airport “Minsk” at border control for the flight “Milan-Minsk.” The Italian, who is the CEO of a large trading company, is suspected of fraud.

Asccrding to the spokesman for the Interior Ministry of Internal Affairs in the transport of Belarus, Alexander Marchenko, the Italian citizen is known to have come to Belarus to establish a business relationship with one of the companies in the country. The detainee is now in a detention center. The question of his extradition to the initiator of the search is being considered, BelTA informs.

As Telegraf previously reported, in January, at the National airport “Minsk,” border guards and employees of transport militia detained a resident of Navapolatsk, who had arrived in Belarus from the Swedish capital – Stockholm. He had been wanted at home since September 2010 for evading to pay a large loan.”

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Former Gadhafi ally, believed to be on Interpol wanted list, in exile in France

May 1, 2012

Washington Post on May 1, 2012 released the following:

“By Associated Press,

PARIS — French President Nicolas Sarkozy says that a former top aide to Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi apparently wanted by Interpol is living in France with government permission.

The ex-aide, Basher Saleh, is a target of U.S. sanctions.

Sarkozy said on RMC radio Tuesday that “Saleh is in France.” Sarkozy says France’s government decided to take Saleh in after consulting Libyan authorities.

Sarkozy insists that the French government is “working hand in hand with the Libyan authorities” and will turn Saleh over to Interpol if asked.

Sarkozy says the question of the suspect’s identity needs to be settled first. Interpol’s website has a so-called red notice for a man named Bashir al-Shrkawi, based on a Libyan warrant for “fraud.” The photo in the listing appears to be that of Saleh.”

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Ontario man sought by Interpol for alleged fraud

April 25, 2012

Toronto Sun on April 24, 2012 released the following:

“BY HEATHER RIVERS, WOODSTOCK SENTINEL-REVIEW

WOODSTOCK — An Ontario man has been listed on Interpol as being sought by authorities.

William Charles Rath, 70, is listed as wanted on the Interpol website by U.S. police in the Western District of Kentucky/Puducah.

The website said Rath was born in Ingersoll.

Media accounts from 2005 say Rath owned a home in Uniondale at the time the charges of fraud and money laundering were laid.

Three U.S. men were also charged in the case.

Rath allegedly defrauded 200 people through the TCI investment club and was named in a $765-million US class-action lawsuit.

According to a statement of claim filed in Ontario Superior Court of Justice in London in 2005, TCI Investment Club took in at least $15 million US from investors across North America, including several hundred in southwestern Ontario.

Rath was detained in Canada on the U.S. charges and posted $100,000 bail before disappearing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact local, national police or the General Secretariat of Interpol.”

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Henry Banda Added to Interpol Red Notice List

April 4, 2012

Times of Zambia on April 4, 2012 released the following:

“Henry Banda Now On Interpol List

FORMER republican president, Rupiah Banda’s son, Henry, has now been placed on the International Police (Interpol) website as a wanted person.

According to the Interpol website which is managed by its headquarters in France, notice has been issued to all the 190 member-countries for the arrest of Henry Chikomeni Banda, 44.

Henry is wanted by the Zambia Police Service to answer allegations of corruption relating to the sale of Zamtel to Lap Green Networks of Libya.

According to the Interpol website, Henry was born on August 19, 1967 in Washington DC in the United States.

Interpol says Henry is wanted for suspected fraud.

“If you have any information please contact your national or local police,” stated the notice which has been issued by the general secretariat of Interpol in Lyon.

There have been conflicting reports about the whereabouts of Henry with some media reports stating that he was in Kenya or South Africa.”

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