Turkey has got itself again in a tight spot again, as it comes under fire for ‘ignoring the Red Notices many times in the past’ over wanted Nissan’s ex- CEO Carlos Ghosn. The billionaire fugitive was tried in Japanese court, broke his parole and escaped to Lebanon via Istanbul.
According to reliable internal sources, Turkey has continued to ignore the red notices issued by the Interpol over many wanted criminals. Further, it refused to accept giving a temporary arrest decision for the catalogue crimes.
Not a rather proactive one, Interpol is an international organisation of 194 states. The membership is much more than that of the United Nations. Founded in 1956, its main aim is to share information about criminals and fugitives. Because it does not establish branches in its member countries, nor investigate alleged crimes, it does not require member countries to act on any notices or communications issued by other members. Each member country has access to edit the data into this database.
A Red Notice does not essentially mean an arrest warrant, but it a warning sign against criminals which can be considered extremely dangerous to the security of any member nation.
In recent years, Turkey has become its most notorious defaulter. Turkey has turned sour against the Interpol only after the attempted coup against Erdogan. It was after the coup that Interpol refused to take in 6000 entries that the Turkish government wanted to upload into their systems.
Since then, Turkey has blatantly ignored all the signs and signals coming from the Interpol.
Ghosn took help from an international organised crime gang that found him a safe way out via Istanbul. This has been confirmed by reliable sources. The private jet used from transporting Ghosn was owned by a Turkish company. The private aircraft operator MNG Jet has now filed a criminal complaint stating that its planes were being used illegally by Ghosn who is now an international fugitive.
While Ghosn has escaped to Lebanon, Turkey will have to face the music. Those who have helped his escape will be charged with Article 79 of the Turkish Penal Code that regulates migrant smuggling and human trafficking. If sentenced, they are facing a prison sentence of three to eight years.
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