Tuesday, May 08, 2012

There is no INTERPOL arrest warrant (despite US begging)

INTERPOL has not issued an arrest warrant for Iraq's Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi.


INTERPOL issues Red Notice for Iraq Vice-President

LYON, France – At the request of Iraqi authorities, INTERPOL has published a Red Notice for Iraq’s Vice-President, Tariq Al-Hashemi, on suspicion of guiding and financing terrorist attacks in the country.
The Red Notice for Al-Hashemi represents a regional an international alert to all of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries to seek their help in locating and arresting him, following the issue of a national arrest warrant by Iraq’s Judicial Investigative Authority as part of an investigation in which security forces seized bombing materials and arrested individuals.
The publication of the INTERPOL Red Notice for Tariq Al-Hashemi will see INTERPOL's Fugitive Investigative Support unit and the Command and Coordination Centre at its General Secretariat headquarters closely liaise with its National Central Bureaus in the region and worldwide to pool and update all relevant intelligence.
“The INTERPOL Red Notice against Tariq Al-Hashemi will significantly restrict his ability to travel and cross international borders. It is a powerful tool that will help authorities around the world locate and arrest him,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.
“This case also clearly demonstrates the commitment of Iraqi authorities to work with the world police community via INTERPOL to apprehend individuals facing serious charges,” added the Head of INTERPOL.
Containing identification details and judicial information about a wanted person, a Red Notice is circulated to police in all of INTERPOL’s member countries and seeks the apprehension of a wanted person with a view to their extradition.
A Red Notice is not an international arrest warrant.  Many of INTERPOL’s member countries however, consider a Red Notice a valid request for provisional arrest, especially if they are linked to the requesting country via a bilateral extradition treaty. In cases where arrests are made based on a Red Notice, these are made by national police officials in INTERPOL member countries.
INTERPOL cannot demand that any member country arrest the subject of a Red Notice, and an individual wanted for arrest should be considered innocent until proven guilty.

"A Red Notice is not an international arrest warrant."  Somebody tell the alleged news outlets.  I spoke with two friends with INTERPOL this morning.  The White House demanded "some action" on Nouri al-Maliki's request -- specifically the National Security Advisor to Joe Biden Anthony Blinken -- voiced the White House request.

INTERPOL issued the non-arrest warrant mainly in exchange for a favor.  They are not issuing an arrest warrant and both people I spoke with (one of whom I slept with a few years back for those who need disclosure) can't imagine INTERPOL issuing an arrest warrant at present.

While not an arrest warrant, doesn't this go against the charter?  Possibly in spirit, I was told, but it manages to obey the letter since this isn't an arrest warrant.

In addition, I was told this isn't a need for concern because it is thought that if Tareq al-Hashemi travels, he'll do it between the KRG and Turkey and Turkey's international agreements prevent the country from handing al-Hashemi over to Baghdad. [Added a few minutes after this went up, a friend called asking what international agreements -- the one that forbids Turkey from turning over someone to a country if they have the death penalty and if the death penalty is a possible outcome of the person's trial.  In addition, I was told that had an arrest warrant been issued, the death penalty aspect would have guaranteed the Turkish government didn't follow the warrant and that al-Hashemi can move freely to Jordan.  I asked about Jordan because I know they're willing to house him and that they would refuse all requests to extradite him should he accept asylum there.]

There is no arrest warrant.  This was sop the US demanded for Nouri and they made a big trade with INTERPOL to get it.  The White House continues to support and back Nouri al-Maliki.

They will not use their power to help Iraqi Christians, to help Iraq's LGBTs or to help Iraqi women.  But they will use their power to try to allow Nouri to save face on the international stage.

Reality: The attempt was a failure.  Anyone with half a brain will recognize quickly that it's not an arrest warrant even if they don't read the INTERPOL release stating: "A Red Notice is not an international arrest warrant."  (Sadly, our press corps members sometimes possess less than half a brain.)

The following community sites -- plus Black Agenda Report, World Can't Wait, Adam Kokesh and Antiwar.com -- updated last night and this morning:

And Trina's "The look, the jobs."  Women's Media Center notes the following fundraiser:

Join Jane Fonda and the Women's Media Center for the premiere of
Jane's film, "Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding!"
Prior to the premiere, guests may join Jane for an intimate VIP dinner. The screening will be followed by an exclusive afterparty. Proceeds will benefit the Women's Media Center to help make women and girls visible and powerful in the media.
Dinner, Premiere and Afterparty all conveniently located in Manhattan; details will be sent with ticket purchase confirmations.

When: June 4, 2012; Dinner at 5:30 PM, Screening at 7:30, Afterparty 9:30-Midnight
YES! I want to attend the premiere of Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding -- and help make women and girls visible and powerful in the media.

If you're interested in attending, there's a form here.  It's a great film that mixes comedy and drama.  Jane Fonda is wonderful in the film as is Catherine Keener, Rosanna Arquette, Katharine McPhee and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

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