A comment by a reader (Thanks When Pigs Fly) suggesting that INTERPOL be called over the bounty placed on the head of an American trailer producer (there is no film only a trailer I believe) got me thinking about recent reports of INTERPOL bieng used as tools to enforce blasphemy laws, specifically in Saudi Arabia and Egypt
So I looked it up on their site.
There is quite a bit of comfort in knowing that this is utterly false.
13 February 2012
INTERPOL confirms that it has NOT been involved in the case involving Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari arrested in Malaysia and deported to Saudi Arabia. No INTERPOL channels, neither its National Central Bureaus in Kuala Lumpur and Riyadh nor its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France were involved at any time in this case.
Since INTERPOL has not been involved, any reference to a Red Notice tied to this case is entirely false and a total misrepresentation of the facts.
Consequently, in the interest of accuracy, fairness and balance, INTERPOL asks all news outlets which have referred to INTERPOL as being involved to correct and update their copy and archives in order to accurately reflect the facts.
Furthermore, INTERPOL calls on organizations which have publicly and actively commented in the media to erroneously imply involvement by INTERPOL based on false information relating to this case to make a full retraction. We would encourage all media and organizations to always contact INTERPOL in order to ascertain the facts before making any statements.
Statement from the INTERPOL General Secretariat – 13 February, 2012