A UK based NGO has secured the release of a British woman, who declines to be named, after a month under arrest in Italy, waiting to hear if she would be extradited to serve a lengthy term in a Dubai desert jail. Her crime? She simply fell behind on her credit card payments.
Radha Stirling has campaigned over a decade for transparency and accountability regarding Interpol’s dealings with its Middle Eastern partners. She says: “Interpol knows that the UAE is abusing the system and the FCO knows it too. Until there is a system of verification for Red Notice applications, and penalties for countries abusing it, these abuses will continue.”
In 2016 the UAE donated over $53 million to Interpol, and were the organisation’s largest funders.