Thursday, December 04, 2003

Liberia: Interpol issues "warrant" for Taylor

Interpol has issued a "red notice" -- essentially an arrest warrant -- for Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia. (Click here for the notice.)

Taylor has asylum in Nigeria. So will Nigeria arrest him?
"The president has said before that he will not be harassed about Taylor. The action that Nigeria will take will not lean toward handing over Taylor to Interpol," a spokeswoman for Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said. (link)
And as for how a "red notice" works ...

An arrest warrant for Taylor was issued in Freetown, Sierra Leone ... and an Interpol "red notice" just notifies countries that the warrant is out. Interpol has this great FAQ site on the notice system.
... member countries consider a red notice a valid request for provisional arrest, especially when the requested country is linked to the requesting country via a bilateral extradition treaty or an extradition convention.
Stories here and here.