OPINION:THE FUNNY BUSINESS OF INTERPOL’S ‘RED NOTICE’
11:26 AM 11/24/2018 | OPINION
Sasha Gong | Voice of America journalist
On November 20, former White House chief
strategist Steve Bannon and Chinese real estate tycoon Guo Wengui (also known
as Mile Kwok) announced a rare union in the historical Pierre Hotel in New York
City, where Nixon stayed as president-elect before moving to Washington, D.C.
11月20日，前白宫首席策略师史蒂夫·班侬(Steve Bannon)和郭文贵(又名Miles Kwok)在纽约市历史悠久的皮埃尔酒店(Pierre Hotel)宣布了一项罕见的联盟.这个酒店是尼克松在搬到华盛顿前作为总统当选人呆的地方。房地产大亨
the grant Cotillion room, which was featured in the Oscar-winning film “Scent
of a Woman,” the two men told international media that they were setting up a
“Rule of Law” foundation to investigate corruption and abuse of power by Chinese
authorities to help victims of Chinese communism. Guo Wengui would put in $100
million of his own money to get the ball rolling.
在奥斯卡获奖影片《女人的气味》(Scent of a Woman)中出现的格兰特沙龙厅(grant Cotillion)，这两名男子告诉国际媒体，他们正在建立一个“法治”基金会，调查中国当局的腐败和滥用权力的行为，帮助中共受害者。郭文贵拿出自己的1亿美元启动这个项目。
next day, a Beijing newspaper, Global Times, published an editorial calling Guo
Wengui “a fugitive who is in the wanted list of Interpol.” The major mouthpiece
of Chinese government labeled Guo a “liar” and Bannon a “mysterious political figure”
with “radical ideas.” The odd couple, the paper claimed, would only produce “a
ludicrous episode” with a pile of cash.
fact, Interpol does not have a “wanted” list. It only publishes a list called
“Red Notice.” Such a notice issued on Guo on April 19, 2017, seems to be a fake
one, according to my own investigation. Here is the revealing story:
the morning of Friday, April 14, 2017, Beijing time, the Chinese TV channel
Voice of America (VOA) aired a promo telling its audience that Guo Wengui would
appear live at 9 p.m., April 19. One business day later, on the morning of
April 17, the Chinese government issued an arrest warrant on Guo, who had been
living in America for two-and-a-half years.
the afternoon of the same day, the VOA correspondent in Beijing was summoned by
the Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry. The officials warned VOA not to interview
Guo, who became a wanted criminal that morning. Besides the routine allegation
of “interference in China’s affairs by foreign press,” the officials also
indicated that the Guo interview might disturb the incoming 19th Communist
next day, VOA headquarters in Washington, D.C., was bombarded with dozens of
threatening phone calls from the Chinese Embassy, demanding the cancelation of
the Guo interview.
hours ahead of the scheduled interview, the international media reported that
Interpol issued a “Red Notice” on Guo. Some media outlets called it “an
international arrest warrant.”
the time, I was leading the VOA interview team in New York. We had already
pre-interviewed Guo for more than 10 hours. Immediately, we checked the
Interpol website but found no such announcement. All quoted sources seemed to
come from the Chinese authorities. The Interpol Headquarters in Lyon, France,
was closed for the night.
called our correspondent, asking him to contact Lyon at the proper hour and to
keep checking the news. Later, the correspondent reported back to me that the
Interpol Headquarters seemed not to be aware of what happened and could not
provide a definite answer.
team arrived at Guo’s 5th Avenue apartment early on the morning of April 19,
the scheduled day of the show. I immediately asked Guo if he was informed of
the Red Notice. To my huge surprise, he had no idea. After consulting his
lawyer, he came back to me and said that, according to his lawyer, Interpol was
an NGO without little real power over any member countries.
live interview show went on air at 9 a.m. EST, which was 9 p.m. Beijing time.
After the live show, which was suddenly unplugged by the VOA Headquarters in
D.C. when it was ongoing, my colleagues and I took efforts to solve the mystery
of the Red Notice.
VOA request, Interpol sent in its answers. Besides confirming that the
organization had no policing power in any member nations, the letter addressed
a few noticeable issues:
INTERPOL is asked to send out a Red Notice in response to an arrest warrant,
following a review to ensure the request conforms with our rules and
regulations, the information will be sent out to all our 190 member countries.
addition to this, member countries have the option of having an abridged version
of the Red Notice posted on INTERPOL’s website
no Red Notice is published, this is either because one has not been requested
or issued for that person, or the requesting country has asked that it not be
United States is a member country. Yet, through various channels, we learned
that the U.S. government never received information regarding the Red Notice on
“Guo Wengui” and “Miles Kwok” never appeared on the Interpol website. The
requesting country, the People’s Republic of China, already publicized the
information 12 hours ahead of our live program.
“郭文贵”和“Miles Kwok”从未出现在国际刑警组织的网站上。可是这个请求发红通的国家, 中华人民共和国已经在我们直播节目前12小时公布了这一信息。
we also learned that on April 18, a demonstration was held in front of the
Interpol Headquarters. Led by the renowned political dissident Wei Jingsheng,
the demonstrators condemned the election of Meng Hong Wei to be the Interpol
chair. Meng also served as the deputy minister of the Chinese Public Security.
China’s request arrived, some staff members of Interpol, who were aware of the
ongoing demonstration, decided to do more due-diligence before granting the
to issue the Red Notice on Guo ahead of my live show, perhaps believing that
VOA might withdraw the well-promoted program under such pressure, the Interpol
Bureau in Beijing issued the document without final approval of the Lyon
Headquarters. Immediately, it was sent to the international press.
after the interview, the Chinese never followed up to get that necessary
approval. Therefore, the report about the Red Notice on Guo became fake news.
ludicrous drama continued. And the joke is on Interpol and the Chinese
government. In mid-September of 2018, Meng Hongwei, the powerful chairman of
Interpol, disappeared in China.
weeks later, his wife, Grace Meng, reported his disappearance to the French
police. Chinese authorities then admitted that Meng was in their custody and
was charged with corruption. There was no Red Notice on Chairman Meng.
Gong, a journalist with a Ph.D. from Harvard University, has been on administrative
leave from her job as Chief of Mandarin Service for Voice of America for
several months. She writes here solely in her own personal capacity and not on
behalf of Voice of America.
views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do
not reflect the official position of The Daily Caller.
这篇所表达的观点和意见是作者的观点，并不代表The Daily Caller的官方立场。