I-link used for persecuting dissidents
The Italian “Libero“ newspaper published an article on Interpol’s abuses, with reference to the case of Mukhtar Ablyazov. Claudia Osmetti described the way in which the new Interpol subsystem – I-link – is used to persecute dissents.
I-link is an operating system through which Interpol’s member countries can use databases and make them available to national investigation authorities. I-link was set up with the intention of facilitating the combat of international crime but, as the author notes, Interpol is not controlling the contents of warrants and hence, abuses follow. Moreover, most of the international warrants originate from façade democracy countries such as Belarus, Turkey, Russia or Kazakhstan.
Another abuse pointed out by Osmetti is the rigid procedure of withdrawing the so-called “Red Notice”. Even after arrest, the wanted person often remains in the database. The situation does not change even after the person concerned is released from custody. The Libero journalist points to the case of Ablyazov as an example. Obliged to explain the reasons behind the international arrest warrant issued for the dissident, Kazakhstan fabricated evidence and accused him of embezzling billions of dollars.
The journalist notes that the French judicial system is trapped between the claims by Putin’s Russia and those made by the Ukraine of Yanukovych (the application for Ablyazov’s extradition was filed when Yanukovych was in power).
Even though legal regulations prohibit religious, racist or political actions, applications are continually made with such undertones.
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