INTERPOL Red Notices and Diffusions

Our international legal experts have an enviable success record in successfully challenging Red Notices and securing their withdrawal and removal for clients.

We understand the sheer scale of INTERPOL’s reach and how difficult those affected by a Notice will find it to travel safely when properly considering the risks.

We have successfully obtained the deletion of Red Notices for various clients. However, 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, as it doesn’t automatically prevent your arrest.

INTERPOL Red Notices and Diffusions Service

By appointing our reputable team, you can rest assured that we understand the intricacies 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.  Working with our extradition colleagues we will guide you appropriately and advise you on all your options.

As acknowledged experts in INTERPOL Red Notices, we contributed to a major report by Fair Trial International that found the INTERPOL system was being abused and helped propose a series of reforms.

We have also recently written a series of blogs designed to assist those who have questions about INTERPOL, including addressing issues such as “how do I know if I am subject to an INTERPOL Red Notice” and “how to remove an INTERPOL Red Notice”.


The International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) is an international organisation that facilitates worldwide police cooperation and crime control, the largest such organisation in the world, it has over 190 member states. It is not a police force and does not physically arrest people.

INTERPOL is 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.

What is a Red Notice?

A Red Notice is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action.

It contains two main types of information:

  • Information to identify the wanted person, such as their name, date of birth, nationality, hair and eye colour, photographs and fingerprints if available.
  • Information related to the crime they are wanted for, which can typically be murder, rape, child abuse or armed robbery.

Red Notices are published by INTERPOL at the request of a member country and must comply with INTERPOL’s Constitution and Rules. A Red Notice is not an international arrest warrant.

Who is affected by INTERPOL Red Notices?

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.

What is an INTERPOL Diffusion?

Interpol 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.

Should I be concerned?

Yes. Being the target of a Red Notice or extradition request, is a very stressful and harrowing experience for both the subject and their family.

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.  The team is also able to advise those who fear that they may be subject to INTERPOL Red Notices on associated reputational issues such as bank account closure.

As acknowledged experts in INTERPOL Red Notices, we contributed to a major report by Fair Trial International that found the INTERPOL system was being abused and helped propose a series of reforms.

For more information about us and our Extradition, Mutual Legal Assistance and Interpol services, please contact a member of the team who can answer any questions and guide you through the process.


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