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INTERPOL Issues Alert for FIFA Executives

The International Criminal Police Organization, or INTERPOL, has issued red notices for six individuals charged as a result of the US investigation into FIFA corruption. This includes two former FIFA executives, Jack Warner and Nicolás Leoz, and four sports marketing executives who were charged with offences including racketeering conspiracy and corruption. 

In a statement issued by INTERPOL, they said, “At the request of US authorities, INTERPOL Red Notices – or international wanted persons alerts – have been issued for two former FIFA officials and four corporate executives for charges including racketeering conspiracy and corruption.”

The individuals are part of a US prosecution that indicted 14 people on charges of racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud. The US Department of Justice alleges that the individuals were involved in bribes and kickbacks totalling more than £94million over a 24 year period.

What is INTERPOL?

INTERPOL is an intergovernmental organisation that assists with international police cooperation. The role of INTERPOL is defined by the general provisions of its constitution, which include:

1. To ensure and promote the widest possible mutual assistance between all criminal police authorities within the limits of the laws existing in the different countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

2. To establish and develop all institutions likely to contribute effectively to the prevention and suppression of ordinary law crimes.

INTERPOL is strictly forbidden to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.

What are Red Notices?

INTERPOL Notices are international requests for cooperation or alerts allowing police in member countries to share critical crime-related information. There are eight types of notices which can be issued by INTEROL, seven of which are colour-coded by their function: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Black, Orange, and Purple. The most well-known notice is the Red Notice.

INTERPOL added, “Red notices are one of the ways in which INTERPOL informs its member countries that an arrest warrant has been issued for an individual by a judicial authority and seeks the location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition or similar lawful action.”

How Can INTERPOL Assist?

INTERPOL’s role is to assist national police forces in identifying or locating the individuals with a view to their arrest and extradition. A red notice is not an international arrest warrant, and INTERPOL cannot compel any member country to arrest the subject of a red notice. It is an international organisation that functions as a network of criminal law enforcement agencies from different countries. It provides communication and database assistance between the law enforcement agencies of the member countries.

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