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Jun, 07 2024
Dmytro Konovalenko
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How to remove Red Notice in 2024?

✅ Quick Answer: An Interpol Red Notice Lawyer may communicate with the legal authorities of the nation that issued the red notice directly and request that they drop the accusation after gathering all the necessary evidence and establishing the reasons why the notice should be revoked.

How to proceed with a request for the removal of a red notice or diffusion?

  • Talk to the courts in the country that put out the red warning and ask them to take down the information. Every country has its own rules and laws. It would be best for our lawyers to hire local lawyers in the producing state so they can do research there. We work with law companies all over the world.
  • Ask the officials in the country where you live to take your name off of Interpol’s lists. This doesn’t happen very often, and you will need the help of a lawyer in your area to go this route.
  • Get in touch with the CCF and ask them to delete your records. This request will have to meet the standards for being allowed.

Request for Information: Interpol Red Notices

In order to locate and detain a wanted person with the intention of extraditing her to the requesting country, INTERPOL allows its member countries to request Red Notice publication. Once published, the Red Notice becomes valid and is visible to all INTERPOL member countries. We remind you that there are currently 195 INTERPOL member countries, which means that Red Notices trigger the persons concerned worldwide.

The criteria for issuing a Red Notice are minimal, requiring only a valid arrest warrant and adequate judicial information about the person concerned. INTERPOL, not being a court, doesn’t assess guilt or innocence, nor does it deeply analyze the evidence, until lawyers intervene. Red Notice may be published for any crime punishable by a maximum deprivation of liberty of at least two years or a more serious penalty. But often this threshold is decreased by INTERPOL to crimes punishable by a maximum deprivation of liberty of at least one year. You should bear in mind that once a Red Notice is published it is quite difficult to get it removed, as you will be fighting a bureaucratic and poorly regulated system. That is why we recommend acting in advance in order to prevent the mere possibility of a Red Notice publication once you have good reasons to believe the relevant risks exist. Check out our successful preventive request strategies in this section of the website.

PREVENTING INTERPOL RED NOTICE: How to Safeguard Your Rights

Once INTERPOL’s General Secretariat issues a Red Notice, meeting specific criteria, it’s circulated among its 195 member countries. The person targeted by the notice is usually unaware until they consult a qualified lawyer for a preventive strategy. INTERPOL may confirm if an individual’s data is being processed upon a lawyer’s request. Our Interpol Lawyers can submit requests for access to Interpol’s files on behalf of clients. Interpol’s Red Notices are triggered differently by various countries according to their national legislations. But as a general rule – Interpol’s Red Notice triggers immediate detention, arrest, and further extradition of the person concerned.

Given that INTERPOL does not fulfill a thorough verification of the initial requests for a Red Notice publication, the INTERPOL system is often being abused by member countries who are willing to extend their jurisdiction internationally by means of INTERPOL. Consequently, getting on INTERPOL’s wanted list significantly restricts your rights and poses serious threats. Given that by far not all Interpol Red Notices are made public, it might be difficult to tell if you are indeed targeted by INTERPOL and when exactly a relevant notice might affect you. Unknowingly being added to Interpol’s Red Notice list can put a person in an uncomfortable situation, such as being detained in the airport with further arrest in court. Contact our Extradition Attorneys directly if you believe you may be subject to INTERPOL’s notice.

Our Interpol Lawyers will elaborate on the best applicable legal strategy in your case and submit a relevant request to INTERPOL on your behalf, which will minimize the risk of your arrest and launch a data deletion procedure. Once our request is found admissible by the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files (CCF), INTERPOL may apply interim measures, in other words – freeze the Red Notice regarding you pending the consideration of the request on the merits. It means that INTERPOL member countries will not see the Red Notice in their Information Systems and you will be able to travel freely worldwide. We will also know whether there is a record regarding you in the Interpol Information Systems (IIS). In other words – whether your data is being processed by INTERPOL, and if yes – on what basis, and on the request of which country. If your data is being processed by INTERPOL our Interpol Lawyers will elaborate a legal strategy to get it removed.

Our Interpol and Extradition Lawyers have an impressive track record of successful cases resulting in the complete removal of their Clients’ data from INTERPOL’s files. We are cognizant of a huge responsibility due to handling our Clients’ cases in INTERPOL, as the stakes are very high. That is why our Interpol and Extradition Lawyers are the best in their league, who you can completely rely on. Our Lawyers are permanently enhancing their professional level and have extensive previous experience working in law enforcement agencies worldwide, which allows them to know in detail how “the system” operates.

Red Notice Removal: steps, key players, and Considerations

Steps Key Players Considerations
1. Evaluate the case ⚖️ Lawyer, Client Assess the validity and grounds for the Red Notice.
2. Gather evidence ⚖️ Lawyer, Client,  Investigators Collect relevant documents, witness statements, and other evidence.
3. Contact Interpol ⚖️ Lawyer, Interpol Communicate with Interpol regarding Red Notice removal.
4. Challenge the Notice ⚖️ Lawyer, Interpol, Member Country Present evidence and arguments against the Red Notice.
5. Await the decision  Interpol, Member Country ⏳ Interpol and the requesting country evaluate the case.
6. Red Notice removal  Interpol, Member Country ✅ If successful, the Red Notice is removed from Interpol’s system.
7. Monitor ⚖️ Lawyer, Client Ensure the Red Notice is removed and no new notices are issued.

Interpol Red Notices should not be issued for political, ethnic, or religious reasons. If there’s evidence suggesting a Red Notice was issued for such motives, it’s important to contest it. Unfortunately, some INTERPOL member countries misuse the system to pursue politically motivated persecutions. Our experienced lawyers can determine if a prosecution is politically motivated and, if so, assist in removing your data from Interpol’s files. Mask GroupInterpol, guided by its Constitution and the Rules on the Processing of Data (RPD), follows specific criteria for publishing Red Notices. The organization maintains neutrality and avoids involvement in disputes between individuals and requesting countries. However, the scrutiny applied to initial Red Notice requests is often inadequate. Interpol requires that charges be clearly and succinctly stated. Our experienced lawyers can identify inconsistencies in national-level charges to aid in the deletion of the Red Notice. To justify a Red Notice publication, the requesting country must prove its necessity and relevance to international police cooperation. If they fail, our Interpol Lawyers can seek deletion of your data from Interpol’s files, citing Articles 10, 35, 82, 83, and 99 of the RPD. The requesting country must provide detailed identifiers of the person concerned and judicial information, including a case summary, charges, applicable laws, maximum penalty, sentence imposed, or remaining sentence, and a reference to a valid arrest warrant or equivalent judicial decision. INTERPOL must ensure the request for a Red Notice meets the RPD criteria, but it does not make final decisions on the case merits or the indefinite processing of the person’s data.

Our Interpol Lawyers have an in-depth understanding of various grounds and arguments that can be used for a Red Notice removal once the data processing does meet the INTERPOL standards. We will be informed immediately by the CCF of the INTERPOL once the data processing regarding our Clients fails to correspond to the INTERPOL’s relevant rules. As Interpol Lawyers, we will meticulously review the information and documents from the requesting country’s NCB and devise the best legal strategy. Our approach includes identifying prosecution irregularities and data processing violations to delete your data from INTERPOL’s files. We conduct a case-by-case analysis, ensuring a high success rate in challenging INTERPOL’s Red Notices and other alerts.

Our team collaborates with top national law firms and individual practitioners, and includes former prosecutors, Interpol officers, national and international court judges, and Law Professors from prestigious universities like Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge, and Oxford. The INTERPOL Red Notice is the most well-known type of Interpol notice because it serves as a legal basis to fulfill the arrest and subsequently extradite a targeted person.

But did you know that Interpol Red Notice is an international alert for a wanted person, but it is not an arrest warrant? It is so because when exercising the actual arrest on the basis of a Red Notice, a relevant country that has detained a targeted individual is applying its own legislation. It means that various countries react to a Red Notice differently. Though, as a general rule, a Red Notice does lead to an arrest, particularly when the person concerned does not have a qualified lawyer to protect her interests. Meantime, a Red Notice is not a verdict and it should not restrict your rights when you have the right lawyer. Moreover, a Red Notice can be challenged, which allows us to freeze it with a subsequent data deletion from Interpol’s files regarding our Clients. Our Interpol Lawyers also successfully use the arguments related to human rights violations when challenging Red Notices. This information will give you an understanding of the numbers related to Interpol’s Red Notices circulation.

Interpol Notices

Interpol shares its alerts and circulates the information globally using basically nine types of notices. Seven of these notices are color-coded, and each color has specific conditions and purposes for its publication. Here here are the nine types of notices used by Interpol today:

  1. Red Notice.
  2. Blue Notice.
  3. Green Notice.
  4. Yellow Notice.
  5. Purple Notice.
  6. Black Notice.
  7. Orange Notice.
  8. Interpol-United Nations Security Council special notice.
  9. Stolen work of art notices.

Once published, all 195 INTERPOL member states can have access to and see these notices in the Interpol Information System. Besides the INTERPOL member countries, bodies like the United Nations, International Criminal Court, International Criminal Tribunals, FATF, as well as various financial intelligence units (FIU), can see these notices and use them to seek arrests of fugitives wanted for committing crimes within their jurisdictions, or to conduct relevant investigations targeting the persons concerned.

How to challenge and remove an Interpol’s Red Notice?

Ways to Challenge an Interpol’s Red Notice Article 83
It is possible to challenge Interpol’s Red Notice so that it will be deleted from Interpol’s files. How to remove Interpol Red Notice? INTERPOL created a special independent organ – the CCF – aimed to assess the validity and arguments raised in deletion requests, which are submitted by lawyers asking for data deletion regarding their Clients. The proceedings in the CCF are usually quite complex and lasting and are fulfilled according to the Interpol’s Rules on the Processing of Data (RPD). To remove a Red Notice, one can challenge its validity based on INTERPOL’s Constitution and the Rules on the Processing of Data. Our experienced and qualified Interpol Lawyers possess a thorough understanding of these provisions, enabling them to successfully challenge INTERPOL’s notices, consistently delivering tailored and effective solutions for our clients. Here are four basic and general grounds one can use to challenge a Red Notice:

  • Using the provisions of Article 83 (1) of the RPD  

According to Article 36 of the Interpol’s Constitution, the CCF is an independent body which shall ensure that the processing of personal information by the Organization is in compliance with the regulations the Organization establishes in this matter.  As it is stipulated by Article 83 (1) of the RPD: (a) Red notices may be published only if the following cumulative criteria are met:

  • The offence concerned is a serious ordinary-law crime.

Red notices may not be published for the following categories of offences: – offences that in various countries raise controversial issues relating to behavioral or cultural norms; – offences relating to family/private matters; – offences originating from a violation of laws or regulations of an administrative nature or deriving from private disputes, unless the criminal activity is aimed at facilitating a serious crime or is suspected of being connected to organized crime.

  • Using the provisions of Article 83 (2) (b) of the RPD 

According to Article 83 (2) (b) of the RPD, a Red Notice can only be published when sufficient judicial data is provided. This includes a succinct and clear description of criminal activities, the maximum penalty possible, the law covering the offence, and the reference to a valid national arrest red notice warrant following a judicial decision. If the above threshold is not met, we can build a strong case and have a Red Notice removed from INTERPOL’s files.

  • Using Article 2 (1) of the Interpol Constitution 

This approach implies reviewing whether the Interpol Red Notice publication conformed with the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). If the activities of a specific Interpol member country do not comply with the principles of the UDHR, as well as with the other relevant standards of human rights, we can request a Red Notice removal on your behalf. For instance, we can allege and duly substantiate that you will not get a fair trial under Article 10 of the UDHR if extradited to the requesting country.

  • Using Article 3 of the Interpol Constitution 

Article 3 of the Interpol Constitution states that it is forbidden for Interpol to get involved in political, religious, military, or racial activities. This also gives you a channel through which you can challenge Interpol Red Notices. er than a justice. That is why our highly qualified Lawyers can help you to figure out if relevant prosecution against you can amount to a politically motivated one, and if so – to get your data deleted from Interpol’s files.

The Process of Challenging an Interpol Red Notice 

According to Interpol, the wanted individuals can take three possible actions to challenge INTERPOL Red Notices issued against them, and ask for their data removal from the relevant Interpol databases.

  1. Interpol Lawyers can contact the national law enforcement authorities of the requesting country and ask them to drop the accusations and inform the INTERPOL that they have no further intention to keep the Red Notice in the system. Usually, this action requires seeking legal advice from reputable Interpol Lawyers because every Interpol member country has its own legislation and relevant regulations. This approach also requires an in-depth legal analysis of the national criminal case files on the subject of human rights violations, procedural irregularities, as well as the inconsistency of the charges themselves.
  2. Interpol Lawyers can challenge judicial arrest warrants issued by INTERPOL member countries with the next step – asking INTERPOL to delete information from the Interpol databases.
  3. Interpol Lawyers can submit a deletion request on behalf of the person concerned directly to the CCF seeking the data removal from Interpol’s files. The deletion request must meet the CCF admissibility requirements, and be properly grounded and substantiated. These requirements are quite complex, and the relevant CCF regulatory framework is intricate, which is why is always better for the person concerned to seek highly qualified Interpol Lawyers from a top-end Law Firm experienced in handling cases in INTERPOL.

About CCF’s Admissibility Requirements.

Similarly, your request for data deletion must meet admissibility requirements for the CCF to consider it. This includes, among others, using the application form provided by the CCF and following all the instructions in that form. Here are some recommendations you must follow when filling in a deletion request to the Interpol:

  • The request must contain your original signature.
  • The request must be written in any of the four languages designated by the CCF. This includes English, Arabic, Spanish, and French.
  • You must clearly state the purpose of the request. This can be a request for data deletion, data correction, or access to Interpol’s files.
  • The request must be accompanied by a copy of your official identity document, including your full name, photograph, and date of birth.
  • The application form must be completed as required by the CCF.
  • Your request must be duly and sufficiently substantiated and you should attach any documents which are supporting your arguments.

How to Know if You Are a Target of an Interpol Red Notice  

It is usually difficult to know if you are on Interpol’s Wanted List if a Red Notice against you is not triggered yet, and once it is triggered – it may be already too late to avoid relevant negative implications. To address this dilemma, it’s crucial to engage an Interpol Lawyer as soon as you suspect INTERPOL might target you. Often, individuals only learn about their INTERPOL status when they’re detained and arrested because Red Notice information is typically confidential until triggered and executed. Our qualified Interpol Lawyers can contact the CCF on your behalf and request access to Interpol’s files. This will give you a clear understanding of your data is being processed by the INTERPOL. At the same time, we strongly recommend applying a preventive strategy that might block the mere possibility of a Red Notice publication against you. This can be done with the help of a preventive request that our Interpol Lawyers can submit on your behalf to the INTERPOL.

Lawyer Kendall Coffey
Kendall Coffey
Senior Partner
Mr. Coffey is a former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Florida (1993-1996); and served as Chair of, the Southern District Conference, Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (April 2009 – January 2017).

Dmytro Konovalenko
Dmytro Konovalenko
Lawyer, an expert in extradition and Interpol. He is a member of the International Bar Association. For more than 5 years he has been defending clients against international wanted notices from the USA, Russia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and other countries. Dmytro has had a positive experience in taking preventive measures to block the search at the initial stages. Dmytro specializes in the defense of economic, political, and war crimes

FAQ

Can I find out whether a Red Notice has been issued against me?

To find out if a Red Notice has been issued against you, it is better to hire a qualified Interpol Lawyer who specializes in international criminal law. Such a lawyer can send a request to Interpol on your behalf asking for access to Interpol’s files. Please bear in mind that receiving this information may be complicated and take time. When checking the INTERPOL website please also remember that by far not all Red Notices are made publicly available, which means that if you do not find your name on the Wanted List, it does not mean that you are not in fact wanted by the INTERPOL.

How do I challenge an Interpol Red Notice?

We can help you find out if you have a Red Notice. We can also make a preliminary request. It is often the case that, before being placed on the Interpol wanted list, a person, due to the existence of high profile or politically motivated criminal proceedings infected against them, admits to being placed on the red notice wanted Interpol red list. Given this fact, he is entitled to apply to the Commission for an advance. Upon receipt of information about a false or unconfirmed accusation, a special Interpol Red Notice advice may decide to remove the suspect from the Interpol red notice list. This helps to block Red Notice and prepare your defense. In addition, we can help you to prepare your case and appeal against your unlawful Red Notice. Interpol red notice investigation law firms can also provide Interpol red notice defense.

How to remove an Interpol Red Notice?

Removing an Interpol Red Notice is a complex legal process that requires working with qualified lawyers who specialize in this area. Here are the key steps involved:

  1. Hire an experienced Interpol lawyer or law firm - It's essential to have expert legal counsel to navigate Interpol's rules and administrative processes. They will advise if grounds exist to challenge the notice.
  2. File an application with Interpol - The lawyer will prepare an official application to Interpol to delete the notice. This will outline the reasons the notice is invalid, such as procedural errors or lack of evidence.
  3. Provide evidence to support your case - Your lawyer will gather testimony, affidavits, documentation and other evidence to convince Interpol to remove the notice. This evidence must rebut the allegations.
  4. Negotiate with national authorities - The lawyer will also negotiate with the government agencies from countries that issued the notice to withdraw it or rectify the grounds.
  5. Request an interim freeze of the notice - If negotiations are ongoing, your lawyer can request Interpol temporarily freeze the notice so it cannot be acted upon until a final decision.
  6. Get confirmation of removal - Once Interpol formally overturns a notice, they are required to inform member countries that it is no longer valid via their I-link network.
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