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The Scourge of the Red Notice

How some countries use Interpol to go after dissidents and debtors.

Pancho Campo is no stranger to international travel. A onetime Olympic tennis player, Campo spent much of his early career on the move. After he retired from the game, he went on to become a wine expert and established branches of his business in Florida and Spain, where he lives.  

So when Campo arrived at Chicago O’Hare International Airport in 2009, he was surprised to hear that an Interpol Red Notice had been issued for him for extradition to the United Arab Emirates.

“That’s when the nightmare started,” he said.

Interpol’s General Assembly at the end of last month made headlines when a senior Russian security official was nominated for president of the international police agency, sparking concerns that it could be co-opted by the Kremlin. Russia has been known to issue Red Notices through the Interpol system in pursuit of its political enemies abroad.

But while

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