NAM 1 not yet on INTERPOL wanted persons list

BY: Kweku Zurek
NAM 1 not yet on Interpol wanted persons list
NAM 1 not yet on Interpol wanted persons list

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Menzgold, Nana Appiah Mensah is not yet on the public Wanted Persons list of the International Police (INTERPOL).

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service yesterday announced that it had started a process which will ensure that Nana Appiah Mensah was brought to justice.

According to the Director-General of the CID, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mrs Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, the department has triggered International Police (INTERPOL) processes in 194 member countries declaring Nana Appiah a wanted man.

However, a search of the Interpol Wanted Persons list by Graphic Online revealed that Nana Appiah Mensah popularly known as NAM 1 was not yet on it.

INTERPOL website

There are currently only two Ghanaians on the INTERPOL list of wanted persons; 41-year-old Fuachie Alex Kwame and Alangdi Asagbeke, 42.

Fuachie is wanted on multiple charges including, manslaughter, deprivation of freedom, aggravated assault, robbery, extortion, theft and deliberately fencing by the Judicial Authorities of the Netherlands while Asagbeke who is wanted by the Judicial Authorities of Ghana on the charges of conspiracy and murder.

It must be noted that not all wanted persons are displayed on the public Wanted Persons List of INTERPOL as the identities of some wanted persons are restricted to law enforcement agencies only.

The Red Notice includes information such as the individual’s name and the criminal charges for which they are wanted.

NAM 1 is currently wanted by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to answer charges including money laundering, defrauding by false pretences, among others, while officers of the Economic and Organised Crime Office, are also on his trail.

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How wanted persons are placed on the INTERPOL Wanted Persons List

Wanted persons are placed on the list after INTERPOL issues a Red Notice to its 194 member countries.

A Red Notice is a request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition. It is issued by the General Secretariat at the request of a member country or an international tribunal based on a valid national arrest warrant. It is not an international arrest warrant.

INTERPOL cannot compel any member country to arrest an individual who is the subject of a Red Notice. Each member country decides for itself what legal value to give a Red Notice within their borders.

How is a Red Notice issued?

  • Police in one of our member countries request a Red Notice via their National Central Bureau and provide information on the case.
  • The INTERPOL General Secretariat publishes the Notice after a compliance check is completed.
  • Police all around the world are alerted.

Are the individuals wanted by INTERPOL?

No, they are wanted by a country or an international tribunal. When INTERPOL publishes a Red Notice this is simply to inform all member countries that the person is wanted based on an arrest warrant or equivalent judicial decision issued by a country or an international tribunal. INTERPOL does not issue arrest warrants.

Who are the subjects of Red Notices?

Red Notices are issued for individuals sought for prosecution or to serve a sentence. When the individual is sought for prosecution it means they are suspected of committing a crime but have not yet been prosecuted and so should be considered innocent until proven guilty.

Why is the Red Notice important?

  • It gives high, international visibility to cases
  • Criminals and suspects are flagged to border officials, making travel difficult
  • Countries can request and share critical information linked to an investigation.