The Times: The West has a week to stop corruption in Interpol

An article in The Times called (The Times) British members of the International Police Organization (Interpol) Democrats to stand up to corruption and form an axis for change in the organization.

The newspaper’s diplomatic editor, Roger Boys, said in his article that the West’s reluctance in this regard may lead to other international organizations of importance to follow the same path.

He pointed out that INTERPOL – which was established as a global service for exchanging information and reporting wanted persons and now includes more than 190 countries – is being exploited by autocrats seeking to hunt down their opponents and critics living abroad.

He also noted that what is known as the “red notices” system has now become a major loophole in Interpol’s management and practices that has repeatedly made the organization a partner to repressive regimes.

The red notices issued by Interpol are not an arrest warrant, but rather a request issued by any member of Interpol to all members of the organization to track down a person it says is a suspect, and this does not require that the suspicion be supported by an investigation by Interpol, and it is not considered evidence incriminating its owner, and it is completely approved According to the government that issued the request.

Boys explained that red notices can turn the lives of those against whom they are issued upside down, making them vulnerable to detention at foreign airports, property freezes and surrender to the governments of the countries that pursue them.

“The organization is incapable of doing its part.”

Although Interpol prohibits the use of red notices for political purposes, they have been used frequently by many countries, including Russia, China, Venezuela and Tajikistan, to prosecute political opponents, according to the article.

After the assassination attempt on Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro in 2018, Caracas did its best to bring political opponents back to the country. Under President Xi Jinping, China also used the INTERPOL red notice system to track down Uyghur dissidents around the world and against its opponents from Hong Kong residents who believed that their presence in exile away from China might protect them from the harsh laws of the security services.

Boys said Interpol can no longer play its role, because it can no longer be politically neutral, and in no way can it be neutral in the face of disruptive tactics by authoritarian regimes that are doing their best to pile their candidates into key positions in the organization.

He recalled that the main candidate for the presidency of Interpol in its elections taking place these days is Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, a prominent security official in the United Arab Emirates, who was accused by British academic Matthew Hedges of oversaw his detention and physical assault during his arrest in the Emirates on charges of espionage, while he was Conducting academic research there in 2018.

Boys ruled out that the testimony of the British academic Hedges and the lawsuit he filed against Al-Raisi in a Turkish court would affect Al-Raisi’s chances of heading the organization; In the end, the UAE is one of the largest donors to the organization, he said.

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