INTERPOL re-issue of red notice on former Kazakhstan PM
INTERPOL's 71st General Assembly, meeting this week in Yaoundé, Cameroon, yesterday decided to reinstate a Red Notice seeking the apprehension of Kazakhstan's former prime minister Akhezan Kazhegeldin.
Mr Kazhegeldin, who was convicted 'in absentia' by the supreme court of Kazakhstan on September 6, 2001, had been a subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice. The notice asked all INTERPOL member states to search for and provisionally arrest him.
Last year, following the request by Mr Kazhegeldin's attorney, INTERPOL's General Secretariat revoked the Red Notice upon the order of Secretary General Ronald K. Noble on the basis of Article 3 of INTERPOL's constitution, which prohibits the organisation from undertaking any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.
The INTERPOL national central bureau of Kazakhstan then requested INTERPOL's Executive Committee to reverse the General Secretariat's decision cancelling the Red Notice. The Executive Committee unanimously affirmed the General Secretariat's decision. Thereafter the Kazakhstan National Central Bureau requested INTERPOL general assembly to reverse the Executive Committee's and General Secretariat's decision at its current session in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Yesterday, October 23, 2002, the general assembly voted, by a 46-38 majority with 23 abstentions, to reinstate the Red Notice. Under INTERPOL's constitution the general assembly is the ultimate decision-making authority in the organisation. There can be no further review of this matter by INTERPOL. It is a final decision that must be and will be respected by the General Secretariat
Therefore, today, October 24, 2002, the organisation's General Secretariat issued a new Red Notice for Mr Kazhegeldin electronically to all member states.
'INTERPOL is a democratic organisation, and when our members have expressed their will through the democratic process, the general secretariat moves promptly - as in this case - to implement the member states' decision,' said Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.