Prosecutor’s Office Explains the Reasons for Annulling Interpol Red Notice, International Search Warrant against Z. Adeishvili and S. Kavtaradze

2015-04-16 19:24:49

In Relation to annulling Interpol Red Notice international search warrant against Z. Adeishvili and S. Kavtaradze the Office of the Chief Prosecutor states that the General Secretariat of Interpol drew up and, on February 18 of the current year, diffused the new instructions between member-states about processing the personal data regarding the persons with the refugee status. In particular, according to the new instructions, each request of red notice (red notice request) or search diffusion (diffusion request)    regarding the persons with the refugee status must be evaluated in compliance with the following criteria:
1) Whether the status of refugee or asylum-seeker has been confirmed;
2) Whether it is confirmed that the red notice or diffusion request has been submitted by the country of fugitive’s origin; 
3) Whether it is confirmed that the granting of the refugee status is not based on political grounds vis-à-vis the requesting country.

Consequently, taking in consideration the given circumstances, the General Secretariat of Interpol established the following:
1) On February 8, 2013, Zurab Adeishvili was granted a refugee status.
2) The fact of granting the refugee status to Zurab Adeishvili was confirmed by the state which has granted the refugee status to him;
3) Granting the refugee status was not preconditioned by specific state’s current political motives vis-à-vis the country of origin (in the given case, Georgia).
Correspondingly, taking into account the new regulations, the General Secretariat of Interpol has annulled international search (red notice) against Zurab Adeishvili. Herewith, the General Secretariat of Interpol applied similar approach in relation to Sergo Kavtaradze, the person wanted by Georgian law enforcement authorities, who has never been engaged in political activities. However, since he has also been granted by one of the states and, therefore, met the above-mentioned criteria, international search via Interpol channels against him has been annulled as well.
It is also noteworthy, that the approach described above is not an exception applied only towards Z. Adeishvili and S. Kavtaradze as in the recent period the General Secretariat of Interpol has also annulled international search of numerous persons (wanted by Interpol member-states) who were granted the refugee status and, correspondingly met the above mentioned criteria set by the General Secretariat of Interpol.