Interpol Green Notice

Interpol Green Notices

Interpol Green Notices are a unique and crucial aspect of global law enforcement. Think of them as international alerts designed to warn about individuals who have committed criminal offenses and are likely to continue their activities in other countries. These notices are issued to provide vital information about these individuals, helping law enforcement agencies around the world stay vigilant and prepared.

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Interpol Green Notice

Imagine a system where police forces across the globe can be instantly alerted about individuals who pose potential threats due to their criminal past. This is the essence of an Interpol Green Notice. It acts as a global warning, providing crucial intelligence about persons who have committed serious crimes and are likely to re-offend in other countries. Whether it’s a human trafficker moving from one nation to another, a terrorist with plans that span multiple borders, or a drug smuggler expanding their network, a Green Notice ensures that these threats are communicated swiftly and efficiently.

The power of a Green Notice lies in its preventive nature. By sharing detailed information about dangerous individuals, Interpol enables law enforcement agencies around the world to take proactive measures, enhancing global security and preventing crimes before they happen.

What is an INTERPOL Green Notice?

Green Notices

The Interpol Green Notice is a global alert to warn about individuals who have committed criminal offences and are likely to reoffend in other countries. It provides vital intelligence to member countries about a person’s criminal activities, where the person is considered to be a possible threat to public safety.

 Interpol issues a Green Notice when there’s sufficient evidence suggesting a person has committed or is likely to commit a crime in different jurisdictions. The aim is to ensure member countries can take necessary preventative measures.

Being named in an Interpol Green Notice list can have serious consequences. It may affect one’s ability to travel internationally, result in negative media attention, and potentially lead to detention or arrest. It is not rare to also impact professional opportunities, financial standing, and personal relationships of the notice’s targets.

Purpose of Green notice

The Green Notice is a powerful tool designed to provide warnings and critical intelligence about individuals who have committed criminal offenses and are likely to repeat these crimes in other countries. Issued by Interpol, the world’s largest international police organization, Green Notices aim to prevent transnational crime by facilitating cooperation and coordinated preventative action across borders.


Green Notices are often utilized to track and obstruct crimes that have a significant global impact, such as human trafficking, cybercrime, organized crime, money laundering, terrorism, and environmental crime. They provide Interpol member countries with actionable information to monitor and interdict mobile targeted individuals who pose a threat of committing more offenses internationally.

Distribution of Green notice

Once a Green Notice is approved and issued, Interpol promptly disseminates it to the National Central Bureaus of all 194 member countries worldwide. The Green Notice then triggers alerts across borders and prompts law enforcement in multiple nations to be on the lookout. However, it is up to the individual countries’ national enforcement agencies to take action based on the intelligence provided.

Green Notice Removal

Green Notice RemovalBeing the subject of an Interpol Green Notice can introduce uncertainties into your personal and professional life, as this notice acts as a signal to law enforcement agencies worldwide to share information about potential threats to public safety. It’s important to remember, however, that a Green Notice isn’t an international arrest warrant, even though its presence can influence your ability to conduct international business or travel without hindrance.

Our team of expert Interpol Green Notice lawyers is fully equipped to help you navigate the process of Green Notice removal. We have deep knowledge and experience with Interpol’s rules, operational structures, and principles. Our lawyers have a proven history of successfully working within this complex legal environment to safeguard our clients’ rights and reputations.

The process to remove a Green Notice involves appealing to the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files (CCF), an independent body responsible for reviewing information processed within the Interpol Information System. This process is meticulous and requires a thorough understanding of Interpol’s rules coupled with strong legal representation to advocate effectively for your case.

Interpol’s issuance of Green Notices has sparked significant concerns regarding the  presumption of innocence and the principle of  non bis in idem which protects individuals from being tried or punished twice for the same offence. By labelling individuals as “dangerous” even after they have served their sentences, Green Notices perpetuate continuous punishment, contradicting fundamental principles of justice and human rights.

Presumption of Innocence 

The presumption of innocence is a cornerstone of criminal justice systems worldwide, ensuring that individuals are treated as innocent until proven guilty. Once an individual has served their sentence, they should be considered rehabilitated and not subject to ongoing suspicion or stigmatisation. Green Notices, however, often perpetuate a continuous cycle of punishment by labelling individuals as dangerous, even after they have paid their debt to society. This practice undermines the fundamental principle of the presumption of innocence and contravenes the notion of justice that modern legal systems strive to uphold.

Non Bis in Idem 

The principle of non bis in idem asserts that no one should be punished more than once for the same crime. By issuing Green Notices that mark individuals as dangerous long after they have completed their sentences, INTERPOL essentially subjects them to a lifelong penalty. This contradicts the principle of finality in criminal justice, where individuals should not face additional sanctions once they have served their sentences. Such practices violate the essence of legal certainty and fairness, which are fundamental to the rule of law.

If you need legal assistance with an Interpol Green Notice, our Interpol Law Firm is here to help. With extensive experience in handling Interpol requests and a deep understanding of international criminal law, we provide expert legal representation to those seeking to challenge and remove Green Notices. Our Interpol Green Notice lawyers can provide support by:

  • Conducting a detailed review of your case to assess the legitimacy of the Green Notice.
  • Collecting and presenting powerful evidence to counteract the notice.
  • Crafting and submitting a well-structured request for removal to the CCF.
  • Regularly liaising with the CCF and following up until a resolution is reached.
  • Representing your rights and defending your reputation throughout the entire process.

If an Interpol Green Notice has been issued against you, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of dedicated Interpol Green Notice lawyers stands ready to provide the legal expertise and commitment necessary to guide you through this intricate and potentially challenging situation.

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).

Interpol Green Notice FAQ

How to find out about the Interpol notice?
If you believe that someone you know may be the subject of an Interpol Green Notice, you can check Interpol's website to see if there is an active notice for that person. Interpol's website is available in six languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Arabic. You can also contact Interpol's General Secretariat in Lyon, France, to inquire about a specific notice.
What to do if you receive a Green Notice?
If you are the subject of a Green Notice, Interpol recommends that you consult with a lawyer or law enforcement agency in your country to find out more about the notice and what it means for you. Interpol's Green Notices are not international arrest warrants, but they may be used by police to locate and interview potential witnesses or suspects. If you have any information about a case featured in a Green Notice, please contact your local police department immediately. Interpol's Green Notices are not international arrest warrants. They are requests for information that may help solve a crime or locate a missing person. Each notice contains a description of the missing person or unknown criminal, as well as any identifying information, such as fingerprints or photographs.
What is an international arrest warrant
International arrest warrants are legal requests issued by a country or entity like the International Criminal Court to provisionally detain a wanted person located abroad pending extradition or other formal proceedings. They facilitate pursuing criminal suspects who flee overseas to avoid prosecution or custody.
What is the purpose of an Interpol Green Notice?
The main purpose of a Green Notice is to warn member countries about criminals who pose a potential threat internationally. It alerts law enforcement agencies about the likelihood that these individuals will continue their criminal activities in other countries.
Can a Green Notice affect international travel or movement?
While a Green Notice itself is not an arrest warrant, it can lead to increased scrutiny by law enforcement and border control agencies, potentially affecting an individual’s international travel or operations.
How can a Green Notice be challenged or removed?
Individuals can challenge a Green Notice by contacting the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files (CCF). It is advisable to seek legal counsel experienced in international law to navigate the complexities of challenging or requesting the removal of a Green Notice.
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