5 Jul 2018 18:18

Russian prosecutor general concerned by Interpol's refusal to put certain individuals on wanted list under pretext of 'political persecution'

MOSCOW. July 5 (Interfax) - Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika has complained about the lack of transparency in the decision-making procedure used in cases where Interpol refused to search for suspects, the Prosecutor General's Office said.

"These state of affairs does not help keep the Interpol's neutrality and negatively affects the authority of this international organization," the press service quoted Chaika as saying during the meeting with Interpol President Meng Hongwei in Moscow.

In this regard, Chaika "suggested combining efforts to find a mutually acceptable solution to the problem, consistent with Interpol rules".

Chaika also called for "addressing the issue of resuming the search via Interpol for those persons who committed grave and especially grave crimes in Russia, including murders, sexual assaults and illegal drug trafficking".

"These individuals were earlier excluded from databases of the International Criminal Police Organization due to the allegedly political motivation behind their prosecution," Chaika said.

"This approach to handling Russian search requests leads to violation of victims' rights, including those proclaimed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is contrary to Interpol's charter," Chaika said.