“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)”

————————————————————–

Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
INTERPOL Red Notice Removal Lawyers Videos:

INTERPOL Notice Removal

INTERPOL’s Red Notice

————————————————————–

To find additional global criminal news, please read The Global Criminal Defense Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition Defense, OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal, International Criminal Court Defense, and US Seizure of Non-Resident, Foreign-Owned Assets. Because we have experience dealing with INTERPOL, our firm understands the inter-relationship that INTERPOL’s “Red Notice” brings to this equation.

The author of this blog is Douglas C. McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

————————————————————–

International criminal defense questions, but want to be anonymous?

Free Skype Tel: +1.202.470.3427, OR

Free Skype call:

           Office Locations

Email:


Interpol chief says countries not using databases

January 20, 2012

Deseret News on January 19, 2012 released the following:

“By Paisley Dodds, Associated Press

LONDON — Interpol’s chief sounded an alarm Thursday that countries are still failing to check identity documents against its database — a warning that comes just months before the 2012 Olympics.

Ron Noble, secretary-general of the international police agency based in France, said out of the 1.1 billion travelers last year, ID documents of about 500 million people were not checked against Interpol’s database, which is one of the world’s most detailed.

“It will take a tragedy — a specific kind of tragedy — for behavior to change,” Noble told The Associated Press after speaking to foreign correspondents in London.

Noble has said Britain is the only EU country to systematically check passports against those registered with Interpol as missing worldwide. Britain carried out 140 million checks last year against the database — more than the rest of Europe combined.

Last year, he said more than 11,000 people were caught trying to enter the U.K. using lost or stolen passports.

France carried out the second-highest number of checks at 10 million.

A special Interpol team will be sent specifically for the Olympics, helping British authorities determine whether anyone trying to enter the U.K. is wanted, whether their documents have been listed as lost or stolen and whether they are considered a threat.

He said the team will be smaller than the one Interpol sent to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup — an event where teams were at border crossings and airports.

“We know terrorists use fraudulent ID documents,” Noble said.

The U.K. Border Agency faced intense criticism last year after passport checks were relaxed during the height of the summer tourist season to lessen lines at London’s Heathrow Airport, Europe’s busiest. A government report on Thursday blamed poor communications, a lack of supervision and other shortcomings for the problems.

Olympics security has been a primary concern since 1972, when 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were killed at the Munich Games.

Noble said while there was no specific intelligence that the games would be targeted, such events provide an array of opportunities for criminals, including pickpocketing, forced prostitution, illegal Internet betting rings and hoaxes.

And then there is still the threat of terrorism. Noble said while al-Qaida’s ranks had been depleted, affiliates were actively recruiting in places like Somalia.

Another fear that Noble said “keeps him up at night” is the threat of a nuclear or biological attack. Interpol has been alerted to some 2,715 instances where there were questions of whether there had been illicit trafficking of nuclear material.

Noble stressed, however, that didn’t mean there were more 2,000 cases of trafficked nuclear material.”

————————————————————–

Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
INTERPOL Red Notice Removal Lawyers Videos:

INTERPOL Notice Removal

INTERPOL’s Red Notice

————————————————————–

To find additional global criminal news, please read The Global Criminal Defense Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition and OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.