“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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“Palestine Seeks Full Interpol Membership”

May 10, 2013

International Middle East Media Center (imemc.org) on May 10, 2013 released the following:

by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

“The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank is seeking a full membership with the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO), internationally known as Interpol, and will be submitting an official application to the organization this coming August.

Brigadier Yousef ‘Ezraeel, head of the National Anti-Drug and Crime Force in Palestine, told the Maan News Agency that the Palestinian application will be submitted in August so that a vote on the application can be held during the Interpol annual meeting this November.

He stated that the Interpol is one of the international organizations that the P.A plans to join, and added that the application must be submitted three months prior to the annual Interpol meeting.

He further stated that the Executive Committee of the Interpol must first adopt the application before it is submitted for a vote, adding that the Palestinian leadership and the Ministry of Interior are holding talks with different countries in this regard, especially with Qatar and Algeria, as the two Arab countries are members of the Interpol’s Executive Committee.

Brigadier ‘Ezraeel said that a successful vote requires two thirds plus one, and added that Palestine contacted different member countries and managed to garner the needed support for the vote.

He stated that Palestine wants to join the Interpol in order to fight crime, punish criminals and fight corruption in Palestine, and different parts of the world as well.

On March 26, Palestinian head of the anti-corruption committee, Rafiq Al-Natsha, stated that the Palestinian Authority has a limited Interpol membership, an issue that does not allow the P.A. To issue international arrest warrants against Palestinian officials convicted of corruption and living abroad.

In November of 2012, the Palestinian Authority managed to obtain a non-member observer state status at the United Nations General Assembly. The vote granted the P.A. The ability to file for membership in different international organizations.

The Interpol was established in 1923 and was knows as the International Criminal Police Commission (ICPC), and adopted the name (Interpol) in 1956.

There are 190 countries that are members of the Interpol, and its headquarters are located in Lyon in France. The Interpol is considered the second largest international organization after the United Nations.”

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“INTERPOL Declines To Honor French Judge’s Request For Arrest Of Equatorial Guinean Official”

November 2, 2012

The Sacramento Bee on November 1, 2012 released the following:

“By Republic of Equatorial Guinea

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Nov. 1, 2012 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The International Criminal Police Organization, commonly known as INTERPOL, has informed the government of Equatorial Guinea that it has blocked a request by a French investigating magistrate for an international arrest warrant for the Second Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue.

In a statement issued this past weekend, INTERPOL said that “international police cooperation through INTERPOL’s channels would not be, in this case, consistent with the Constitution and Rules of the Organization.”

The investigative magistrate is pursuing charges brought by an NGO, not the French government, that a residence and furnishings in Paris were purchased by Vice President Nguema with the fruits of corruption. Vice President Nguema and the government of Equatorial Guinea have denied the charges. The government of Equatorial Guinea has said that the property in question is diplomatic property owned by the state, and has charged the French government with violating the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. In a related matter a member of the NGO that has made the allegations is, himself, avoiding an international arrest warrant.

In a statement, the government of Equatorial Guinea said, “This decision is a first recognition of international law that was always been demanded by the Government of Equatorial Guinea, and should be translated immediately into the abandonment of the legal process undertaken in recognition of the error committed by the French investigating magistrate, restoring to the Equatorial Guinean State all the confiscated goods.””

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Interpol Issues Red Notice for Former Bank of Moscow Chief

August 16, 2012

RIA Novosti on August 15, 2012 released the following:

“Interpol has issued a red notice for former Bank of Moscow chief Andrei Borodin and his deputy Dmitry Akulinin, according to the organization’s Web site.

An Interpol “red notice” is equivalent in meaning to an international arrest warrant and any member state that knows the whereabouts of an individual on the list is required to arrest him.

A criminal case was launched against Borodin and Akulinin in late 2010 on charges of fraud involving state funds. They are accused of improperly loaning $443 million to shell companies which then transferred the cash to Elena Baturina, Moscow’s ex-mayor Yury Luzhkov’s wife who previously owned the construction empire Inteco.

Borodin, who headed Bank of Moscow, the capital’s investment vehicle under Luzhkov since its inception 16 years ago, fled Russia. It became known in November 2011 that he had fled to the United Kingdom.

Borodin’s lawyers said the red notice was a “routine procedure” and will “change nothing” for the former banker.

“They [Interpol] get a request from a member state and automatically put it on their Web site. This is predictable, this is routine and it will change nothing in Borodin’s status,” lawyer Vladimir Krasnov said.

The Russian Interpol National Central Bureau put the two ex-bankers on the international wanted list in November 2011.

Russian prosecutors submitted a request to Great Britain for Borodin’s extradition in March.

In early May, Britain refused political asylum to Borodin and Akulinin.

The Sunday Times reported on August 5 that Borodin paid 140 million pounds ($219 million) for an estate near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire last summer, making the property Britain’s most expensive house.”

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INTERPOL statement in relation to Red Notice issued for Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

August 8, 2012

INTERPOL on August 7, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – Following confirmation from German authorities that Paul Watson had failed to satisfy the bail conditions established by the German courts and had fled the country, Costa Rican authorities renewed their request to the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters to issue a Red Notice seeking his detention or arrest with a view to extradition.

The Red Notice request is based on a national arrest warrant issued by Costa Rican authorities for Mr Watson, who is wanted for prosecution in relation to a charge of ‘causing a danger of drowning or of an air disaster’ in connection with an incident in April 2002.

Based on Mr Watson’s failure to satisfy the bail conditions set by the German court, and the additional information provided by Costa Rica concerning the underlying charges, it was concluded that a Red Notice could be issued in compliance with INTERPOL’s Constitution and rules. The Red Notice was published on Tuesday 7 August.

A Red Notice is not an international arrest warrant. It is a request by INTERPOL for member countries to determine whether they can detain or arrest an individual in order for the requesting country to seek their extradition. INTERPOL cannot demand that any member country arrest the subject of a Red Notice.

Each of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries must apply their national laws and standards in determining whether it may detain or arrest the wanted person.

Any additional enquiries in relation to the Red Notice for Paul Watson should be directed to Costa Rican authorities.”

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Interpol notice against embassy car blast conspirators soon

March 23, 2012

Deccan Herald on March 21, 2012 released the following:

“Delhi Police are all set to get Interpol red notice issued against three Iranian nationals suspected to be the key conspirators behind the February 13 bomb attack on an Israeli embassy car in the city.

Police have requested the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to approach Interpol headquarters in France for issuing the international notice against Houshang Afshar Irani, 39, Syed Ali Mahdiansadr, 49, and Mohammadreza Abolghasemi, 45.

“The notice is believed to be in the final stages of being processed and is expected to be issued soon,” a police official said. It is believed that this could be as early as Thursday evening.

The red notice requests (provisional) arrest of wanted persons, with a view to extradition. It is considered to be the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant.

The Interpol, however, does not have the authority to issue arrest warrants.
The passport details of Afshar Irani (I17287444/ issued on January 9, 2010), Mahdiansadr (J14922614/ issued on December 25, 2008) and Abolghasemi (F14772374/ issued on December 2, 2008) were earlier provided to the CBI.

Delhi Police commissioner B K Gupta has confirmed that the trio had done a recce on the Israeli Embassy and its surrounding areas in Delhi with freelance journalist Sayed Mohammed Ahmad Kazmi to carry out the bomb attack on Israeli diplomat Tal Yehoshua Koren’s car.

Koren was on her way from the Israeli embassy to pick up her children from school when a magnetic bomb ripped apart her vehicle at around 3:15 pm on February 13. She along with her driver and two others was wounded in the attack.

Kazmi was arrested on March 6 for ‘providing logistic support’ to the trio.

After questioning, he was booked under section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and under section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Delhi Police have already obtained open warrants under Section VII A of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) against the three men and Sedaghatzadeh Masoud, another Iranian national accused of being one of the bombers in the triple explosions in Bangkok.

Masoud is also believed to have guided the bombers in Delhi. He was arrested at a Malaysian airport on February 15, a day after three explosions rocked the Thai capital.”

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Interpol Issues Red Notice for Miss Uganda Contestant

January 16, 2012

New Vision on January 14, 2012 released the following:

“By Steven Candia

The International Police (Interpol) has issued a red notice for a Miss Uganda contestant in the Netherlands, Kyembabazi Gloria in connection with a raft of crimes.

An Interpol Red Notice is “the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant in use today. It is issued by Interpol at the request of a member country and distributed to all member countries.

In a statement posted on its site, the world’s largest international police said, Kyembabazi is wanted in connection with crimes ranging from fraud, Counterfeiting/forgery, Thefts to crimes against children.

Interpol also issued red notices for two other foreigners– John Mochama, a Kenyan and Jabir Noor Ali, Somali national but in connection with crimes committed in Uganda.

While Mochama is wanted for numerous offences of counterfeiting/forgery, Ali is wanted in connection with terrorism and Life and health.

Two of the notices–for Kyembabazi and Ali were issued by Interpol following arrest warrant being issued by the Nakawa Chief Magistrates court while the one for Mochama was issued by Buganda Road court.

When contacted over the notices deputy police spokesperson Judith Nabakooba said she needed to cross check with the local Interpol office. “I will need to contact Interpol to verify,” Nabakooba said.

Kyembabazi, whose real names other sources say is Grace Mugisha in December 2009 reportedly contested for the Miss Uganda crown in Netherlands as the Ugandan community there celebrated the end of year at Daalwijk 100A in Amsterdam South East.”

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