INTERPOL Red Notices & Diffusions
Individuals at risk of extradition are most frequently affected by INTERPOL Red Notices. A Red Notice severely restricts an affected person’s ability to travel and do business.
INTERPOL is the largest police organization in the world with 195 member states. It is not a police force and does not physically arrest people. It is a system for sharing information and resources between the police forces of member states. Notices are published on their system and circulated throughout the member states.
The sheer scale of INTERPOL’s reach is such that anyone affected by a Notice will find it very difficult to travel safely.
Red Notices often appear on background checks conducted by banks and businesses. A person subject to an INTERPOL Red Notice is likely to be stopped, searched and is liable to be arrested and face extradition.
Interpol diffusions are more informal than a notice but still carry the risk of triggering an arrest. Member states are able to circulate diffusions throughout the system without recourse to a formal Red Notice.
We have successfully obtained the deletion of Red Notices for our clients. However, challenging INTERPOL Red Notices is complex and time consuming. Also while many law firms offer to ‘remove’ Red Notices, removal isn’t always the best strategy, as it doesn’t automatically prevent your arrest.
It is important to be aware of the channels of communication that exist within the INTERPOL system and the ways in which this can harm any future extradition or substantive criminal defence.
Before considering taking action against material held by INTERPOL it is therefore, essential that you are fully aware of the various options that exist. Our specialized extradition team is able to fully advise you on those options.