Russian bid to head Interpol fails, but concerns of abuse remain - Rebecca Niblock comments

22 November 2018

Rebecca Niblock, partner in Kingsley Napley's Criminal Litigation team, comments in Wall Street Journal and EFE News Service on failed Russian bid to head Interpol.

"Without the imposition of a tangible penalty for those states that abuse the system, Interpol will remain a tool at the disposal of despots" 

“A collective sigh of relief was heard in the UK this morning at the news that Alexander Prokopchuk has not been elected as the
new head of Interpol."

“In the current climate, post-Skripal, it is no surprise that the prospect of a former insider in the Kremlin’s interior ministry as head of the international body would cause alarm. Such relief, however, may be premature."

“Prokopchuk remains not only a vice-President of Interpol but also a member of the important Commission for the Control of Files of Interpol (CCF) which decides on the admissibility of red notices (although he absents himself when Russian cases are being discussed)."

“As many of the 192 member states of Interpol have discovered, red notices are a powerful tool when deployed against political opponents. A red notice can have a huge impact on a person’s life – affecting not only their ability to travel, but also their ability to work and to access bank accounts.”

"What was needed was a “root and branch reform” giving Interpol great power take action against countries, like Russia, which “routinely abuse the red notice system”

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