17.08.2016. | Aleksejs Jeļisejevs

The General Secretariat of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) decided to strike off its databases a red notice (international search and arrest warrant) with the name of a victim, which was chased by one of CIS authoritarian regimes for undoubtedly political reason. We filed a claim against violation by Interpol of Articles 2 and 3 of its Constitution to the Commission for the Control of Files (CCF) in spring 2013. For a long time the claim handling process had been blocked in and just recently was examined on the merits.

Undoubtedly, the application of laws in practice by this international police organization has undergone significant changes. The functioning of its control institutions and procedure has improved considerably. Eventually, this organization’s internal mechanisms of defence of rights have become fully operational, which task is to prevent abusing of its investigation system by authoritarian regimes and dictatorships, as well as to protect private persons against political repressions by using the Interpol’s files and databases.

 

Certainly, these positive trends have beneficial impact on my legal practice and enable to defend clients more effectively. At present I urge many of my clients, who are subject to unlawful criminal prosecution for political reasons, to appeal to the Interpol more actively with requests to stop their international search, because chances of a positive result have significantly increased.

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The client’s personal data and detailed factual background are not subject to disclosure for the confidentiality and security reasons.

 

Further information on legal services rendered to the victims of illegal politically motivated repressions with the help of the Interpol system is available here.

INTERPOL stopped international search for a victim of political repressions — a claim against violation of Article 3 of the Interpol’s Constitution is satisfied

NEWS AND PUBLICATIONS

11.06.2014. | Aleksejs Jeļisejevs

On May 22, 2014 a court of a city of the region of Trentino – Alto Adige, Province of Bolzano in Italy took a decision to refuse to extradite my client, a Russian citizen. At the end of 2013 based on the International Interpol’s arrest warrant, the client was detained and placed in custody by the Italian police. Thanks to the lawyer’s operative actions two weeks after arrest the client was released without application of bail or other means of security. Later, during trial the illegality of the client’s repression and its political motivation managed to be proven, therefore the request for extradition was acknowledged unjustified and rejected in full.

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The client’s personal data and detailed factual background are not subject to disclosure for the confidentiality and security reasons.

 

Further information on legal services rendered to the victims of illegal politically motivated repressions with the help of the Interpol system is available here.

An Italian court refused to extradite a Russian citizen because managed to prove that the said person’s repression is politically motivated

30.04.2013. | Aleksejs Jeļisejevs

The Asylum Affairs Division of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Latvia by the decision of 26th April 2013 granted the refugee status to my client. She was forced to leave her home state, because she was persecuted for political reasons. The Latvian national authority established that in this case my client was persecuted in her home state by senior officials and law enforcement authorities, but the discriminating persecution manifested as an illegal and unjustified investigation and criminal proceedings

It means that my client cannot return to her home state because of real threat to life and health. Because of the said reasons she also could not seek protection in her home state. Therefore, in reliance upon the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and asylum legislation there is the ground in fact and in law for her protection in Latvia.

 

The refugee status was granted also to her minor children. Furthermore, this family was granted a permanent residence permit in Latvia, but refugee travel documents were issued in lieu of citizenship.

 

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The client’s personal data and detailed factual background are not subject to disclosure for the confidentiality and security reasons.

 

Further information on legal services rendered to the victims of illegal politically motivated repressions with the help of the Interpol system is available here.

The Republic of Latvia has granted the refugee status to a victim of political repressions and her minor children 

legal defence against persecution and discrimination 

28.12.2016. | Aleksejs Jeļisejevs

I have just received an official notification of annulment of a red notice in respect of my client – an oppositional politician from Kyrgyzstan, who early held high office in this country. An international search against him has been definitely terminated. All of his data have been completely stricken off all databases (files) of Interpol. Article 3 of the Interpol Constitution works!  

It can be stated that this year the International Organization of the Criminal Police significantly changed its policy and law-enforcement practice towards politically persecuted persons and, in particular, political refugees. 

Finally, the international standards of protection of politically persecuted refugees were completely implemented into the regulatory environment of Interpol, thereby enabling to overcome a long-standing collision between multinational treaties concerning investigation and international mechanisms of protection of refugees’ rights. Earlier this enabled different authoritarian regimes and all sorts of dictators to seize the opportunities of Interpol to settle personal scores, persecution of political opponents and of other people unpleasant to the authorities. Right now a strict legal barrier is put to such dishonest and abusive practices. 

 

Significant development in the procedures and timing of the consideration by the Commission for Control of Interpol Files of requests for the removal of politically persecuted persons from the wanted list of this international police organization must also be noted. In the today’s case – the reply on admission of the request was rendered within one week (!), but the final decision of the Interpol General Secretariat to terminate search and cancel the international arrest warrant was taken just in one and a half month (!!!). For comparison – in previous years they needed more than month just for official admission of the request, but it took years to make a decision per se (in some cases up to five years). 

 

In a word, this is an interesting trend, which significantly makes my work easier. I might add that I took a hand personally in these positive changes by working in previous years on this issue, inter alia, with the involvement of the UN Supreme Commissariat for Refugees, as well as other international institutions. A certain research paper may now be written. It seems it should be interesting to colleagues specialized in this topic.

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The client’s personal data and detailed factual background are not subject to disclosure for the confidentiality and security reasons.

 

Further information on legal services rendered to the victims of illegal politically motivated repressions with the help of the Interpol system is available here.

INTERPOL: Authoritarian regimes start and lose