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14 April 2024

UAE puts 362 people in Interpol ‘red corner’

By Mohammed Al Sadafy

The UAE police issued ‘red notices’ about 362 people to Interpol, out of which 26 were involved in the killing of Hamas commander Mahmoud Al Mabouh in Dubai.

They have been placed on Interpol's wanted list.

According to statistics of the General Department of Criminal Investigation of Dubai Police, the number of persons wanted in the UAE rose from 325 in 2011 to 362 last year.

Their crimes include fraud, breach of trust and issuing dud cheques.

Brigadier Khalil Al Mansouri, Director of Criminal Investigation at Dubai Police, told Emirates247 that the number of people arrested abroad rose from 59 in 2010 to 75 in the following year.

They are currently awaiting trial in UAE. He said 31 accused were handed over to the UAE last year by other countries compared to 25 in 2010.

The number of people handed over by the UAE to other countries rose from 31 to 41 during the period under comparison.

The number of people wanted in other countries and arrested in the UAE rose from 142 to 186 in the same period.

Brigadier Al Mansouri said the handing and taking over of internationally wanted people is done in accordance with international notes on extradition and include all signatory states and those with bilateral agreements with UAE.

Prisoners are exchanged through diplomatic channels in accordance with the principle of reciprocity.

The public prosecutor first issues an arrest warrant for the wanted person and then sends the case file to the general secretariat of Interpol in Paris or to the government of a country with which UAE has an extradition agreement with proof of existence of the person on its territory.

Major Saeed Al Sa’adi of Dubai Police said there are two types of wanted persons – locally wanted and internationally wanted.

The locally wanted people are those against whom final judgements have been passed by a UAE court.

Notifications about internationally wanted people are issued to member states of Interpol or countries with which UAE has signed extradition agreements.