Due to the cross-border dimensions of cybercrime, the possibility of Interpol alerts is particularly attractive to national investigative authorities.
Interpol stands for “International Criminal Police Organization” and is the second-largest international organisation with 194 member states. It aims to intensify and improve international cooperation in police work. It thus supports the national police and prosecution authorities in the individual member states in the fight against crime.
For this purpose, Interpol essentially makes various databases and information available between the member states, enabling a worldwide exchange of information.
Utilising what are known as “diffusions” and “notices“, individual Interpol member states can make various requests to other member states through Interpol. Primarily, these alerts are used to locate one or more specific individuals wanted by a member state. In doing so, the search is not limited to alleged perpetrators of a crime but also victims or witnesses and persons deemed to be a danger to the public.
A comprehensive description of the various diffusions and notices can be found in our article “Interpol Notices Explained: A Legal Overview“.
An alert, especially an Interpol Red Notice, issued against an individual is accompanied by enormous restrictions for that individual and the risk of arrest along with subsequent extradition to the requesting state.
Therefore, it is of considerable importance that this alert has not been obtained improperly or is otherwise unlawful and thus violates the rights of the person concerned. In this respect, there is a right to information on any existing Interpol alerts and a right to have them removed.
Our extradition lawyers at Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte are experts in dealing with Interpol alerts and securing their deletion. They can advise you extensively and in the best possible way due to their enormous wealth of experience.