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Russian police arrest human rights protester. Abusive alerts are harming Interpol's reputation, Fair Trials says (Photo: Antonio Grossi)

Interpol open to abuse by 'criminal states'

When Petr Silaev, a Russian journalist, got political asylum in Finland in April 2012 after escaping a crackdown in his home country, he felt safe and began a new life.

But in August the same year, he found himself handcuffed and shoved face-down on the floor of a police car on a seven-hour trip from Granada, Spain, where he went on holiday, to a detention centre in Madrid, where he risked extradition.

"The Spanish police treated me in a mind-breaking way … They kept saying: 'Yo...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Russian police arrest human rights protester. Abusive alerts are harming Interpol's reputation, Fair Trials says (Photo: Antonio Grossi)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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