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Gherson Secures Removal of Red Notice for Refugee

We reported in June that INTERPOL announced a new policy with regards to recognised refugees.

After months' of continued pressure Gherson are pleased to announce that we have secured the removal of a Red Notice published by INTERPOL in respect of one of our clients, who has been listed on INTERPOL's public site for over six years.

The pre-existing policy of maintaining persecutory Red Notices against individuals who had defeated extradition and been recognised as refugees was unjust and has led to many individuals subject to persecutory politically motivated allegations in perpetual limbo. Despite having being recognised as a refugee and therefore being protected from extradition in the asylum-granting state they remain at risk of arrest internationally. Furthermore, the act of placing an individual onto the INTERPOL Red Notice list can have profound implications for an individual both personally and commercially, as many business and banks will refuse to deal with individuals who are unlucky enough to find themselves on the list.

Gherson remains cautious with regards to the implementation of the policy and has still not been provided with a copy of it in writing but welcomes what appears to be a change in approach by INTERPOL.

The route to challenging Red Notices remains complex and incredibly slow. More must be done to reform the system not least to deal with the incredible backlog of cases that are dealt with by the chronically underfunded Commission for the Control of INTERPOL's files.

Gherson has extensive experience in dealing with and defeating politically motivated extradition requests in the UK and worldwide. Furthermore, our experience in securing refugee status in high profile cases and in managing the continuing after effects of an extradition request including dealing with INTERPOL is unparalleled. Should you wish to have a confidential discussion with a member of our team please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thomas Garner


21 July 2015

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