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Legal assistance before the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files

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The International Criminal Police Organization was created the 7th September 1923 in Vienna, it has been recognized as an intergovernmental organization by the United Nations Organization in 1971. This organization has 194 member countries and is based in Lyon (France).


Interpol is an intergovernmental organization that promotes collaboration between police authorities. In fact, countries can exchange and access information on crimes and criminals thanks to a secure communication system that gives them access to a compilation of 18 police databases and real-time services.

Being politically neutral, Interpol’s Constitution prohibits it from intervening in cases concerning only one country or in military, political, religious or racial crimes.

All in all, Interpol is global organization which provides a platform for cooperation even between countries that don’t have diplomatic relations.

What are the Interpol notices?

General information

What’s an Interpol Notice?

Interpol notices are alerts or requests for international cooperation that allow police in member countries to exchange crucial information about a criminal offence.

They can be published by the General Secretariat at the request of a National Central Bureau or they may be issued by the United Nations, international criminal tribunals or the International Criminal Court.

In most cases, they are strictly reserved for the police but can be made public when it is necessary.

Interpol notices contain essentially two types of information:

  • Information on the identity of the wanted person such as name, date of birth, nationality, eye and hair color, photographs and fingerprints.
  • Information on the offence for which the person is wanted, such as murder, rape, pedophilia or armed robbery.

However, it should be remembered that often notices issued by Interpol can be abusive or politically motivated.

How to know if there is a notice against you?

If there is no information about you on the official website of INTERPOL, this does not mean that no notice has been issued.

Anybody can request an official information about the information available in the INTERPOL’s information system.

If you wish not to disclose your current location to INTERPOL, your representative can do it for you. There is no legal obligation to provide your address.

Subsequently to the request, it is possible to ask for the deletion of information.

Red Notice

Red Notice is a request published by Interpol to arrest a person suspected of committing a criminal offence.

The Interpol Red Notice generally has a validity of 5 years. However, a country can request to extend the duration of validity.


The Diffusion is similar to the Red Notice in its effects.

Unlike red notices, diffusions are not submitted to preliminary verification from the INTERPOL’s secretariat.

How our law office can assist you?

Our law office has proven experience in treatment of INTERPOL cases. It is located in France, the country that hosts the INTERPOL Headquarters.

We provide assistance to clients in regards to lodging requests and deleting notices. We can also advise you on the chances of success of the proceedings before the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files in your case.

Our INTERPOL practice is based on the principles of the mutual confidence, transparency and predictability of legal fees.

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Alexander Ovchinnikov
Lawyer, member of the Bar Association of Strasbourg
Alexander Ovchinnikov