Council of Europe criticises Russia for excessive use of Interpol to arrest political opponents

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Council of Europe criticises Russia for excessive use of Interpol to arrest political opponents


Russia and Iran are among countries increasingly abusing Interpol red notices to seek the arrest of political opponents, the Council of Europe said, citing a five-fold increase in the past decade.

The number of red notices jumped to 12,787 in 2016, up from 2,343 in 2005, said the Council’s parliamentary assembly (PACE), which has a total of 636  members of national parliaments from 47 member states.

A red notice allows police in Interpol’s 190 member states to cooperate on the arres...


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