The Interpol has issued a Red Notice against diamond merchant Mehul Choksi based on the Central Bureau of Investigation’s request.He is accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank Letters of Undertaking fraud, who has taken refuge in Antigua. . He is accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank Letters of Undertaking fraud, who has taken refuge in Antigua.Earlier this year Interpol Red Notice was issued against Nirav Modi .
What is the purpose of an INTERPOL Red Notice?
- A Red Notice is a request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition. It is issued by the General Secretariat at the request of a member country or an international tribunal based on a valid national arrest warrant. It is not an international arrest warrant.
- INTERPOL cannot compel any member country to arrest an individual who is the subject of a Red Notice. Each member country decides for itself what legal value to give a Red Notice within their borders.
Are the individuals wanted by INTERPOL?
- No, they are wanted by a country or an international tribunal. When INTERPOL publishes a Red Notice this is simply to inform all member countries that the person is wanted based on an arrest warrant or equivalent judicial decision issued by a country or an international tribunal. INTERPOL does not issue arrest warrants.
Who are the subjects of Red Notices?
- Red Notices are issued for individuals sought for prosecution or to serve a sentence. When the individual is sought for prosecution it means they are suspected of committing a crime but have not yet been prosecuted and so should be considered innocent until proven guilty.
How is a Red Notice issued?
- Police in one of our member countries request a Red Notice via their National Central Bureau and provide information on the case.
- The INTERPOL General Secretariat publishes the Notice after a compliance check is completed.
- Police all around the world are alerted.
Why is the Red Notice important?
- It gives high, international visibility to cases
- Criminals and suspects are flagged to border officials, making travel difficult
- Countries can request and share critical information linked to an investigation.
Types of notices :
- Red Notice: To seek the location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition or similar lawful action.
- Yellow Notice : To help locate missing persons, often minors, or to help identify persons who are unable to identify themselves.
- Blue Notice: To collect additional information about a person’s identity, location or activities in relation to a crime.
- Black Notice :To seek information on unidentified bodies.
- Green Notice: To provide warnings and intelligence about persons who have committed criminal offences and are likely to repeat these crimes in other countries.
- Orange Notice: To warn of an event, a person, an object or a process representing a serious and imminent threat to public safety.
- INTERPOL–United Nations Security Council Special Notice: Issued for groups and individuals who are the targets of UN Security Council Sanctions Committees.
- Purple Notice: To seek or provide information on modus operandi, objects, devices and concealment methods used by criminals.