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Interpol refused to prosecute former judge Tomasz Szmydt with a red notice

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Former judge Tomasz Szmydt, suspected of espionage, will not be prosecuted on the basis of an Interpol red notice, as requested by the prosecutor's office. – Interpol does not allow the processing of data through its channels for actions against state security defined as political crimes – informed the spokeswoman of the Chief of Police, Junior Insp. Katarzyna Nowak.

The prosecutor's office's request to include former judge Tomasz Szmydt, suspected of espionage, on the list of those wanted with a red notice by Interpol was submitted at the end of May. Interpol refused to red-mark the suspect.

– The General Secretariat of Interpol indicated that the crimes of espionage fall within the scope of Art. 3 of the Interpol Statute, according to which Interpol does not allow the processing of data via its channels for actions against state security defined as political crimes – explained Nowak.

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In mid-May, the prosecutor's office began searching for former judge Tomasz Szmydt with an arrest warrant. At the end of May, the prosecutor's office sent a request to the court to issue a European Arrest Warrant. The former judge is suspected of espionage.

Tomasz SzmydtWojciech Olkusnik/EastNews

Interpol red notice. Which means

An Interpol red notice means that the wanted notice will be sent to the computer systems of law enforcement agencies for the services of all 196 countries that are members of Interpol, with information that the wanted person is a dangerous criminal. Belarus is one of the Member States.

See also: An arrest warrant for former judge Tomasz Szmydt

The wanted poster is then visible to police officers and border guards of all countries that are members of the international organization. A red notice is a category denoting searches for the purpose of arrest and extradition. Persons wanted on a red notice are wanted by the requesting Member State or international tribunal. Member countries apply their own laws when deciding whether to arrest a person. A red notice is not an international arrest warrant.

Fragments of judge Tomasz Szmydt's conference in BelarusReuters

The case of Tomasz Szmydt

Tomasz Szmydt escaped to Belarus and on May 6 asked the authorities in Minsk for “care and protection”. Szmydt claims that he had to leave Poland because he does not agree with the actions of the authorities in Warsaw.

The National Prosecutor's Office announced on May 8 that an investigation had been initiated into Tomasz Szmydt's participation in the activities of foreign intelligence in Poland and Belarus. The prosecutor's office pointed out that providing information to this interview could have caused damage to the Republic of Poland, thus violating Art. 130 pairs 2 of the Penal Code.

On May 9, the disciplinary court of the Supreme Administrative Court lifted the immunity of Judge Szmydt and allowed his detention and provisional arrest. A day later, the National Prosecutor's Office issued a decision to charge him with espionage.

Main photo source: Wojciech Olkusnik/EastNews



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