Interpol Red Notice issued for Zsolt Hernadi, CEO of Hungary’s Energy Group MOL

October 2, 2013

Reuters on October 1, 2013 released the following:

Croatia issues Interpol arrest warrant for CEO of Hungary’s MOL

Oct 1 (Reuters) – Croatia issued an Interpol arrest warrant for the chief executive of Hungarian energy group MOL, Zsolt Hernadi, on bribery charges, state news agency Hina reported on Tuesday.

Croatia’s former prime minister, Ivo Sanader, was found guilty last year of accepting a 5 million euro ($7 million) bribe in 2008 from MOL in exchange for granting it a dominant position in oil and gas firm INA even without it buying a majority stake.

Sanader has filed an appeal. Both MOL and Sanader firmly deny the accusations.

Croatia also issued a European Arrest Warrant for Hernadi, Hina said, which makes it more likely that he would be handed over to Croatia by any other EU state.

No one at the national police headquarters in Zagreb was immediately available to comment. A MOL spokesperson declined to comment.

The warrants were issued after Hernadi failed to appear for questioning in Zagreb last month in a bribery case. A Croatian court issued a detention order last week – a precondition for issuing an international arrest warrant – citing flight risk.

Hungarian authorities have refused two requests from Croatia to question Hernadi, citing the protection of national interests and saying there was no legal reason to do so.

Hungary’s own investigation in 2011-12 found that neither MOL nor its officials played any role in the alleged bribery.

Hernadi has also denied any wrongdoing.

MOL owns close to 50 percent of INA, while the government owns almost 45 percent. Croatia says MOL’s management rights are excessive and that the Hungarian company has failed to invest adequately in INA’s development.

The two started negotiating a new shareholder agreement last month.”

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Gadhafi’s son challenges Interpol warrant

November 2, 2011

CNN on November 2, 2011 released the following:

“From Nic Robertson, CNN

(CNN) — One of slain Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi’s surviving sons is challenging an Interpol arrest warrant on the grounds that it is politically motivated and was sought by a new Libyan leadership that lacks legitimacy, a lawyer for Saadi Gadhafi said Wednesday.

Through his lawyer, the younger Gadhafi previously denied allegations in the Interpol warrant issued in late September that accused him of “misappropriating properties through force and armed intimidation when he headed the Libyan Football Federation.”

Gadhafi is in Niger. His father and three other brothers have been killed and another brother remains in hiding, while his other siblings escaped to Algeria during the Libyan conflict.

Nick Kaufman, Gadhafi’s lawyer, told CNN that he asked the Interpol secretary general to revoke the arrest warrant — known as a “red notice” — on grounds that it violates two articles of the Interpol constitution.

Kaufman said the red notice violates Article 3 because the decision to issue the red notice was purely political as Interpol “knows or ought to know” that Libya’s National Transitional Council “is purging the Gadhafi family in persecutory circumstances.”

“It is also a decision taken in the full knowledge that the NTC has no functioning judicial system to speak of which can ensure a fair trial,” Kaufman said. Moammar Gadhafi was captured and killed by opposition forces last month.

In addition, Kaufman said, the red notice violates Article 4 because the NTC “does not have a legitimate representative body at Interpol” with the authority to request a red notice.

On October 2, Kaufman said Saadi Gadhafi “strenuously denies the charges made against him” in the red notice.

Gadhafi “worked tirelessly to promote football in Libya, priding himself on the fact that Libya was formerly selected to host the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations,” Kaufman said then.

Saif al-Islam Gadhafi — another of the former strongman’s sons — also was named in an Interpol arrest warrant. His whereabouts remain unknown.”

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