Interpol Red Notices & Diffusions
Interpol Red Notices
A member state's request for an individual's arrest in order to facilitate extradition.
Interpol is the largest police organisation in the world with 190 member states.
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.
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.
There are many other Interpol Notices some of which can be used to locate individuals or to communicate separately.
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.
Challenging Interpol Red Notices is complex and time consuming. While many law firms offer to 'remove' Red Notices, removal isn't always the best strategy because it doesn't automatically prevent your arrest.
It is also 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 important to be fully aware of the various options that exist. Deletion is difficult to achieve but is possible in certain cases. There are however other options open to Interpol and we can advise you as to all of your options.
We are acknowledged experts in Interpol Red Notices and contributed to a major report by Fair Trials International that found the Interpol system was being abused and helped propose a series of reforms.
Interpol is the largest and best-known international police organisation in the world. Based in France, it currently has 190 member states. It is not a police force and Interpol does not physically arrest people, it's 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.