What is an INTERPOL Purple Notice?

19 Jun 2024, 21 mins ago

The INTERPOL Red Notice receives significant attention in the media, both positive and negative. However, this is not the only notice that INTERPOL can issue.

The Red Notice, while not an arrest warrant itself, is a valuable tool that help international jurisdictions with locating, detaining and returning individuals suspected of criminal activity.

However, it still faces criticism.  As we discussed in a previous article, the focus at INTERPOL’s General Assembly in Vienna last year, attended by more than a thousand police and law enforcement officers, was on ensuring proper checks are in place to prevent the misuse of the Red Notice.

There are various other notices that can be issued by INTERPOL, one of which is the Purple Notice, used to seek or provide information about criminal practices, objects, devices, or hiding places of criminals. This article the Purple Notice in more detail.

What is the purpose of a Purple Notice?

The INTERPOL Purple Notice requests or provides information about criminals’ methods of operation, objects, gadgets, and hiding tactics. Purple Notices are not arrest warrants.

In short, Purple Notices are normally issued when INTERPOL believes that the person in question is involved in criminal activity but there is not enough evidence for a Red Notice.

Who can issue a Purple Notice?

Purple Notices are issued by INTERPOL.

Who do Purple Notices usually refer to?

Purple Notices often refer to criminal groups or organised gangs.

What crimes do Purple Notices usually refer to?

Purple Notices may include cybercrime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and organised crime.

Who can request that a Purple Notice be issued?

Any INTERPOL member country can request the issuance of a Purple Notice.

Who is able to access a Purple Notice?

INTERPOL publishes Purple Notices on its website, accessible to all member countries. However, if you are the subject of an INTERPOL Purple Notice or want to check whether a Purple Notice has been issued, you can contact INTERPOL to enquire about any information they may have on file about you. It is recommended to seek legal expertise before you engage in communication with INTERPOL.

How Gherson can help

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

  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
  4. Exploring the possibility of instigating civil litigation proceedings to recover any misappropriated assets.

Gherson have previously written a series of articles designed to assist those who fear they might be subject to INTERPOL measures:

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

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

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 have any questions arising from this article, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice, or send us an e-mail. Don’t forget to follow us on XFacebookInstagram, or LinkedIn to stay-up-to-date on the latest developments.

The information in this article 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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