Parag Deulgaonkar reported recently for Emirates 24/7 that bankers in the UAE are still using INTERPOL’s tools to immobilize expatriates who owe money to their financial institutions. If a Red Notice is published, it has the effect that individuals can be stopped, questioned and sometimes incarcerated on crossing an international border, with the risk that extradition proceedings may commence in a country with little defence protections. Keep supporting great journalism by turning off your ad blocker. It imposes criminal sanctions on any issuer of a bounced cheque – until recently with a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment. Oops! And then came the fallout. Red notices are very significant in administration departments of INTERPOL. INTERPOL Notices are international requests for cooperation or alerts allowing police in member countries to share critical crime-related information. In most cases, his wife, children and relatives are not capable of paying for him other than suffering the mental agony. View and search public Red Notices for wanted persons, View and search public Yellow Notices for missing persons. All Rights Reserved. To seek the location and arrest of wanted persons wanted for prosecution or to serve a sentence. Receive updates on our work and news about Fair Trials globally, article written by Edward Grange and Kim Nihill from Corker Binning, 20% of Dubai’s 2,400 inmates had been imprisoned for bouncing cheques. Historically, an INTERPOL Red Notice could be issued for the offence of ‘uttering an unfunded cheque’. Notices are published by the General Secretariat at the request of a National Central Bureau and are made available to all our member countries. “Dear Steve, I am on a red alert wanted by interpol due to UAE debt left 2010. “I am pleased for those who can finally live without the fear of being arrested and possibly extradited to the UAE for matters most countries consider civil,” Radha Stirling, a British lawyer and founder of the ‘Detained in Dubai’ support group, told Arabian Business in an email statement. Local officials are currently working on a draft of the UAE’s first ever bankruptcy law, which is likely to be completed by the end of the year. Many of the notices that appear to have been cancelled by the UAE related to fraud, and have been linked with legislation that deems bounced cheques and some business failures a criminal matter. INTERPOL requests the red notice to be issued worldwide to locate and arrest the criminals pending extradition, surrender. The fallout from the 2008 financial crisis is still being felt by many who left the UAE in a hurry. This will result in a huge rise in collection of arrears of credit card dues and decrease in the expenses as fee paid to debt collection agents. If they are allowed to enter the country to work again, they can easily pay off the debt. INTERPOL Wanted. The above comments are fair given change in circumstances when a person has no control. The Gulf region’s consumer credit rose by 460 percent between 2002 and 2008 to reach US$151bn. Most of the other existing notices issued by the UAE are related to crimes such as murder and manslaughter.