Gen. Rezvani:

Interpol red notice on Khavari still in place

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TEHRAN, Oct. 12 (MNA) – Chief of Iran's branch of Interpol said the removal of the information of Iranian fugitive banker Mahmoud Reza Khavari from Interpol public portal does not mean that the red notice has been lifted.

General Masoud Rezvani added, “the red notice is accessible and citable in Interpol’s main system to the Interpol branches in all countries. The red notice has been only removed from the organization’s public portal and that only happens in the cases where the Interpol branch in the individual’s country of residence has established a connection with the branch that has issued the red notice.”

“In case of Khavari’s travel to other countries, the police department of the country is obliged to detain him based on the red notice still active in their system and immediately inform the Interpol branch in Tehran,” he said.

Mahmoud Reza Khavari, former Iranian banker, was involved in Iran’s biggest embezzlement case of roughly 2.6 billion dollars – a fraud involving the use of bogus documents to obtain credit from eight Iranian banks to purchase state-owned companies over a reportedly four-year period. Khavari, who holds dual citizenship and owns a home in Toronto, fled to Canada in 2011 where the officials refused to extradite him due to the deterioration of bilateral ties. Interpol placed him in its red notice wanted list in February 2013. 

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