What is an INTERPOL Orange Notice and can it be challenged?

15 May 2024, 51 mins ago

The INTERPOL Red Notice receives a lot of publicity, whether in the news or in commentary, and both good and bad. However, this is not the only notice that the INTERPOL can issue.

The INTERPOL Red Notice receives a lot of publicity, whether in the news or in commentary, both good and bad. However, this is not the only notice that INTERPOL can issue.

Indeed, the INTERPOL Red Notice (whilst itself not an arrest warrant) is an invaluable tool in assisting jurisdictions across the world to locate, detain and return individuals suspected to be involved in criminal activity.

However, it is not without criticism.  As we discussed in a previous blog, the theme at INTERPOL’s General Assembly in Vienna last year, attended by more than a thousand police and law enforcement officers, has been ensuring that the correct checks are in place to prevent the misuse of the INTERPOL Red Notice.

There is a multitude of notices that can be issued by Interpol, one of which is the Orange Notice, which is used to warn law enforcement agencies worldwide about criminals or criminal activities that pose an imminent threat to public safety or national security. This blog provides further detail on the nature and features of an Orange Notice and whether it can be challenged.

What is the purpose of an Orange Notice?

The INTERPOL Orange Notice is used to warn and provide information about potential threats from individuals, objects, or events that could harm public safety, security, or health.

The aim of INTERPOL’s Orange Notices is to help the global international community to avoid, prepare for and respond to threats, protecting global citizens’ safety and security.

Who can issue an Orange Notice?

Orange Notices are issued by INTERPOL (International Criminal Police Organisation).

What is the intended audience of an Orange Notice?

Law enforcement agencies, immigration and border control authorities, and other authorised organisations normally receive information pertaining to an Orange Notice.

Who is able to access an Orange Notice?

Access to an Orange Notice is restricted to authorised organisations and law enforcement agencies. INTERPOL’s Orange Notices are not generally available to members of the public. However, if you believe you may be subject to an INTERPOL Orange Notice or want to check whether an Orange Notice has been issued, you can contact INTERPOL to enquire about any information they may have on file about you. It is recommended that legal expertise is sought before you engage in communication with INTERPOL.

Can Orange Notices be challenged?

Generally, challenges to Orange Notices are not applicable, as such notices are warnings of potential threats to the members of the public, rather than accusations. However, it is advisable to seek expert legal advice to understand the nature of an Orange Notice, if one has been issued. This is particularly relevant if an individual who receives an Orange Notice believes that it infringes on their rights. Legal expertise is required to understand INTERPOL’s Rules on the Processing of Data (“RPD”) and INTERPOL’s Constitution (the “Constitution”), that underpin such notices.

How Gherson can help

Those who fear that they may be subject to INTERPOL measures, including a Red, Blue or an Orange Notice, should take heed.

Indeed, Gherson Solicitors continue to receive requests for expert advice and assistance from those who fear they may have outstanding financial issues arising. That advice tackles:   

  1. How to best approach a possible INTERPOL notice;
  2. Preparing for potential criminal proceedings / an extradition request;
  3. Preparing for a situation where a civil matter or commercial dispute could be used to initiate bogus criminal proceedings; and
  4. Even exploring the possibility of instigating civil litigation proceedings to recover any misappropriated assets.

Gherson have previously written a series of blogs designed to assist those who fear they might be subject to INTERPOL measures (including a Blue and a Red Notice):

What is the purpose of an INTERPOL Blue Notice, and can it be challenged?

What is an INTERPOL Blue Notice?

INTERPOL and Red Notice Challenges

How to Remove an INTERPOL Red Notice

INTERPOL Red Notices and Extradition

How do I know if I am subject to an INTERPOL Red Notice.

Gherson has over 30 years of experience in assisting with all aspects of INTERPOL, Red Notice challenges and extradition. If you would like to speak to us in respect of any of the issues raised in this video or about your specific circumstances,  do not hesitate to contact us for advice, send us an e-mail, or alternatively, follow us on TwitterFacebook, or LinkedIn to stay-up-to-date.

The information in this blog is for general information purposes only and does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information and law is current as of the date of publication it should be stressed that, due to the passage of time, this does not necessarily reflect the present legal position. Gherson accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained in this blog. For formal advice on the current law please do not hesitate to contact Gherson. Legal advice is only provided pursuant to a written agreement, identified as such, and signed by the client and by or on behalf of Gherson.

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