On 27th April 20127 The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) voted in favour of a Resolution calling on further reform of INTERPOL in order to protect individuals who find themselves targeted by abusive Red Notices.
This Resolution was based on a significant report by PACE Rapporteur for Legal Affairs Bernd Fabritius (Germany, EPP/CD). His report was published on 7 March 2017.
INTERPOL specialists, Roger Gherson and Thomas Garner of Gherson Solicitors were invited to be present at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg this week.
Thomas Garner was in attendance and was asked by Bernd Fabritius to speak at the event organised to highlight the problem of abusive Red Notices prior to the presentation of his report to the Parliamentary Assembly.
Speaking after the event Thomas Garner said:
It was a pleasure to be invited to take part in this important discussion. In recent years, as a result of sustained pressure, INTERPOL has made some important changes. However, as the Council of Europe recognises, there is much more to be done. There are many examples of the misuse of the INTERPOL Red Notice system to exert illegitimate pressure on political rivals. There are fundamental difficulties with the current review mechanism provided by the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files, which considers applications from individuals to delete abusive Red Notices. These are difficult issues to resolve but we at Gherson welcome the PACE Resolution and look forward to engaging in a further constructive dialogue in the pursuit of further reform.
Gherson has extensive experience in dealing with INTERPOL issues and is often instructed to apply to delete Red Notices. Should you require advice regarding INTERPOL please don’t hesitate to contact us.