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Maldives Denies Russian Claims That Secret Service Kidnapped a Politician's Son 100

Rei (128717) writes As was previously reported here, the Russian government has accused the U.S. Secret Service of kidnapping the son of ultranationalist LDPR MP Valery Seleznev in the Maldives. The son, Roman Seleznev, stands accused of running one of the world's largest carding operations, with others charged in the affair having already been convicted; however, Roman had until recently been considered out of reach in Russia. Now the Maldives has struck back against these claims, insisting that they arrested him on an Interpol Red Notice and transferred him to the US, as they are legally required as an Interpol member state to do. "No outsider came here to conduct an operation," president Abdulla Yameen stated. "No officials from another country can come here to arrest anyone. The government has the necessary documentation to prove it." Note: the Slashdot post linked didn't include the accusations of kidnapping, but the Krebs On Security link above mentions these claims.
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Maldives Denies Russian Claims That Secret Service Kidnapped a Politician's Son

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  • Re:Red notice (Score:5, Informative)

    by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <> on Thursday July 10, 2014 @12:14PM (#47424789) Homepage Journal

    They're not always effective; governments seem to be free to ignore these things if it appears to be politically motivated.

    INTERPOL itself has no teeth. It's left to the nations themselves to decide if they care what it has to say on a case-by-case basis. It permits information sharing (etc) but does not require it. Their goal is "To ensure and promote the widest possible mutual assistance between all criminal police authorities within the limits of the laws existing in the different countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights" and not to enforce laws themselves.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 10, 2014 @12:26PM (#47424889)

    Here's what the DOJ actually said. [] The rest was just the media going wild trying to mix together the statements of the DOJ with the claims of the Russians. The DOJ statement says nothing about him being "arrested overseas", just that he was arrested. This, and always was, a question for the Maldives government to respond to. And now they have.

  • by Zontar_Thing_From_Ve ( 949321 ) on Thursday July 10, 2014 @01:30PM (#47425365)

    Actually, the only question I have is why the US didn't just say that Maldives law enforcement was responsible for the arrest in the first place. It could've been spun as good PR for both countries - "Cooperation Between US, Maldives Law Enforcement Leads to Arrest of Card Hacker" or somesuch. That would've quelled any questions about who was responsible for the arrest in the first place as well.

    How do you know that they didn't? The only thing we saw in Slashdot a few days ago was some article without any sources that seemed to claim that US agents were going buck wild in Maldives and made the arrest themselves. I, and others, pointed out in that thread that the article was likely a very badly written summary and I was sure that the Maldives made any arrest and only after a valid arrest warrant came through. Yes, I told (some of) you so.

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