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24 May 2007

Fugitive child sex abuser arrested in India on INTERPOL Red Notice

Indian police have captured a fugitive convicted of multiple child sex crimes on the basis of an INTERPOL international wanted persons notice.
Alan Jay Horowitz, a rabbi and child psychiatrist who had been featured on the television programme, 'America’s Most Wanted,' was picked up in Chennai, India after the US State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service office informed Indian authorities of his whereabouts.

The INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon, France, working with the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Washington, DC expedited the issuance of a Red Notice for his provisional arrest. The United States sought Horowitz for violating the conditions of his parole by fleeing to Israel after serving 15 years in prison in New York for multiple counts of child sexual abuse.

The British passport Horowitz used to enter India had been reported stolen. He also possessed valid US and Israeli passports, which he used to travel throughout Israel and Asia to escape capture.

India, like many INTERPOL member countries, considers the Red Notice to be a valid basis for provisional arrest with a view towards extradition. Member countries can request the issue of a Red Notice only on the basis of a valid arrest warrant.

There are currently more than 12,600 INTERPOL Red Notices in circulation, which have resulted in close to 2,500 arrests worldwide since the year 2000.