Despite Interpol notice, Turkey says it won’t extradite Iraq’s Sunni vice president

May 9, 2012

Washington Post on May 9, 2012 released the following:

“By Associated Press

ISTANBUL — Turkey said Wednesday that it has no plans to send Iraq’s vice president, who is currently in Turkey, back to Iraq for prosecution even after Interpol placed him on its most-wanted list.

Iraq has charged Tariq al-Hashemi with terrorism, accusing him of guiding and financing death squads that targeted government officials, security forces and Shiite pilgrims. Al-Hashemi, a Sunni, says the charges are false and motivated by the political enmity of the Shiite-led leadership in Baghdad.

Turkey’s deputy prime minister, Bekir Bozdag, said al-Hashemi is in Turkey for medical treatment and that Turkey had no plans to extradite him.

“I am not sure whether there will be a new evaluation in the period ahead,” Bozdag said. “But as the government, our position in this is very clear. We would not extradite someone to whom we’ve given support.”

The minister also noted that Turkey had not had enough cooperation from Iraq in its efforts to detain supporters of the Kurdish rebel group PKK, which carries out attacks inside Turkey from bases in northern Iraq.

Interpol said on its website that it has issued a so-called “red notice” for al-Hashemi, responding to a request from Baghdad. A red notice by Interpol seeks the arrest of a wanted person with a view to eventual extradition. The subjects of red notices are considered to be on the organization’s most-wanted list.

Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said the red notice for al-Hashemi “will significantly restrict his ability to travel and cross international borders.””

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Interpol issues ‘red notice’ for fugitive Iraq VP

May 8, 2012

Boston.com on May 8, 2012 released the following:

“By Sameer N. Yacoub
Associated Press

BAGHDAD— Interpol has put Iraq’s fugitive Sunni vice president on its most-wanted list after issuing Tuesday a so-called “red notice” for Tariq al-Hashemi, who is currently in Turkey.

The Lyon, France-based organization said on its website the move came at the request of the government in Baghdad.

Iraq has charged al-Hashemi — one of the nation’s highest-ranking Sunni politicians — with terrorism, accusing him of guiding and financing death squads that targeted government officials, security forces and Shiite pilgrims.

Al-Hashemi is being tried in absentia in Baghdad. The Shiite-led government links him to about 150 bombings, assassinations and other attacks. It says the death squads were largely composed of the vice president’s bodyguards and other employees.

The trial was postponed last week as al-Hashemi’s lawyers appealed to have parliament create a special court to hear the case. The Sunni vice president has vowed not to return to face what he calls politically motivated charges.

A red notice by Interpol seeks the arrest or provisional arrest of a wanted person with a view to eventual extradition. The subjects of red notices are considered to be on the organization’s most-wanted list.

Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said the red notice for al-Hashemi “will significantly restrict his ability to travel and cross international borders.”

“It is a powerful tool that will help authorities around the world locate and arrest him,” Interpol’s website quoted Noble as saying.

Officials in Ankara could not immediately be reached for comment.

Many member countries consider a red notice to be a valid request for the arrest of a suspect, but Interpol cannot demand individual nations make an arrest. Turkey, which has provided sanctuary to al-Hashemi and is on tense terms with his opponents in the Iraqi government, has not responded so far to the Interpol notice.

Al-Hashemi is staying under the protection of Turkish security agents at a luxury apartment in Istanbul, Turkey’s NTV television said. A policeman with a machinegun guards the entrance of his apartment building, and several police cars were parked outside on Tuesday, according to NTV.

In an interview last week in Istanbul, al-Hashemi told The Associated Press that his trial was part of a political vendetta that has wider repercussions for Iraqi unity and sectarian tensions across the Middle East.

He also alleged that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, may have engineered the proceedings to snuff out domestic opposition in case he is threatened by a revolt in Iraq similar to that in neighboring Syria.

Al-Hashemi’s representatives maintain he left Iraq for diplomatic meetings with regional leaders, not to escape arrest.

Al-Maliki’s media adviser, Ali al-Moussawi, on Tuesday called on al-Hashemi to return to Iraq and face trial.

“After the issuing of this red notice, I think that the best choice for al-Hashemi now is to return to Iraq and stand a fair trial,” al-Moussawi told The AP over the phone.”

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Police Want Astro Official On Interpol Red Notice

March 28, 2012

Jakarta Globe on March 29, 2012 released the following:

“The National Police are in the process of requesting that Interpol issue a “red notice” against Ralph Marshall, the group chief executive officer of Malaysian holding company Astro All Asia Networks.

Marshall has been named a suspect in a case that involves the illegal use of operational funds at a company in Indonesia.

“We will soon put the name of Ralph Marshall into the red notice list at Interpol. It is now in the administrative process,’’ National Police spokesman Saud Usman Nasution said on Wednesday. He added that Marshall was believed to have left the country.

A red notice seeks the arrest of a wanted person with a view to extradition.

Abimanyu Kameshwara, an attorney for First Media subsidiary Ayunda Prima Mitra, said Marshall was accused of misusing operational funds from Astro Nusantara worth $90 million.

First Media is part of the Lippo Group, with which the Jakarta Globe is affiliated.

A pay television company partly owned by Ayunda, Direct Vision, partnered with Astro All Asia Networks from 2006 to 2008 to provide satellite television service for Indonesians under the Astro Nusantara trademark.

Astro Nusantara ceased operations in October 2008 due to a commercial dispute between Astro All Asia and Lippo Group.

“Ralph Marshall could damage the business and investment climate in Indonesia because the Malaysian Astro CEO allegedly committed a criminal act in doing business with his partner in Indonesia,” Abimanyu said, without explaining how Marshall had misused operational funds.

Astro All Asia is controlled by Malaysian tycoon Ananda Krishnan. Earlier, it was reported that India’s Central Bureau of Investigation had filed a case against Ananda for his alleged role in graft involving Astro All Asia and telecommunications giant Maxis.

CBI, an anticorruption agency in India, has requested legal assistance from Malaysian authorities to trace the possible involvement of Ananda and Marshall in the Astro-Maxis scandal.”

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