President Yanukovych is not listed as a wanted person by INTERPOL
December 4, 2018
On Friday 30 November 2018 it was reported on the “Ukrainian News” website that the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine had issued a statement asserting that President Viktor Yanukovych “is wanted and at the moment he is in the international search for Interpol”.
As we previously stated in our press release of 3 May 2017, a decision was taken by INTERPOL at its session of 27 February to 3 March 2017 to delete the Red Notice issued in July 2015 in respect of President Yanukovych and any other data held about him in its databases.
The decision to delete the data followed an application in 2015 to INTERPOL by Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP seeking the removal of President Yanukovych’s name from INTERPOL’s list of wanted persons on the basis that the allegations against him were politically motivated, lacked an evidentiary basis, and lacked due process. The decision confirmed that the retention of the data held in respect of President Yanukovych was contrary to, and that all international police cooperation via INTERPOL’s channels in this case would not be in conformity with, INTERPOL’s Constitution and Rules.
President Yanukovych is not listed as a “wanted person” on INTERPOL’s website (http://www.interpol.int/notice/search/wanted) and there is no basis whatsoever for the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s statement of 30 November 2018.
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