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Fair Trials Head of Law Reform speaks on INTERPOL abuse at Frontline Club

editor - October 10, 2014

0frontline-club_12086274@N05_1336461817_crop2Update: Fair Trials has written to the Bulgarian Minister of Justice to express serious concerns over Nikolay Koblyakov, whose case was raised at the event at the Frontline Club. You can read the letter here
Libby McVeigh, Fair Trials’ Head of Law Reform will appear on a panel at an event at theFrontline Club this Friday (26th September) about the abuse of the Interpol Red Notice system.

Fair Trials International has long campaigned for reform to INTERPOL and particularly the use of Red Notices and other wanted alerts, which has been rising in recent years. The organisation fears that, although INTERPOL has a vital role to play in fighting global crime, too often its systems are abused by countries around the world in order to persecute refugees, journalists and peaceful political demonstrators. Examples of victims include Petr Silaev, a Russian activist who was imprisoned and threatened with extradition following a request circulated through INTERPOL.Libby McVeigh, Fair Trials’ Head of Law Reform will appear on a panel at an event at the Frontline Club this Friday (26th September) about the abuse of the Interpol Red Notice system.
The presentation at the Frontline Club will comprise six speakers, including Peter Oborne, chief political commentator at the Daily Telegraph, and Nikolay Koblyakov, a French citizen and political activist currently detained in Bulgaria and facing extradition to Russia, who will appear via video link. Peter Oborne has previously written on the subject here.
The event will commence at 6pm at the Frontline Club – 13 Norfolk Place, London WS 1QJ – and will examine the way the Interpol Red Notice system is used by Russia and other countries (including Egypt, Turkey and Indonesia) to intimidate and repatriate dissidents and people facing state-backed extortion. It will also explore the role of EU states in this process.
The event is open to press and all those members of the public interested in this subject, and further information can be found here.

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