St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Chinese national Ren Biao, accused of the theft of more than US$100 million dollars in China and wanted by the Chinese government, is still in the federation awaiting a St Kitts and Nevis passport that he submitted for renewal.
Mr Baio became a citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis through its Citizenship by Investment program in 2013 and was on the Interpol Red Notice list in 2014.
In recent months he was detained by authorities for questioning and later released. His lawyer Chesley Hamilton in an earlier interview told WINN that Mr. Baio was negotiating a return to China to face his accusers but wanted to travel on his St. Kitts and Nevis passport back to the country of his birth.
Tuesday (June 27) WINN checked in with Mr. Hamilton for an update on Mr. Baio's situation
“Mr. Biao made an application to have his passport renewed, he had one of those passports which was missing the place of birth and he has returned that for both himself and his wife and was awaiting the new passport. He has not received a passport though he has applied for one from the government. The issue is he is entitled to a passport as any citizen would be entitled to the privilege of using a St Kitts Nevis passport who is a citizen."
WINN FM asked if there would be any hesitancy to restore the passport seeing as though he is going back to the land of his birth.
“Well the issue is Mr. Biao has made that decision on his own, he wants to go back to face his accusers. He has been in touch not just with the Beijing government but with the provincial government, he’s from the ... province, and in and from that province he has been in touch with the authorities there and he wants to go back there to deal with the matter once and for all, that is what he has said to me. The other aspect that I want to draw to your attention is that the authorities here has brought to my attention that as of June 19 there is, in my words, a new Red Notice that has been issued. I have not seen that, there seems to be some confusion whether it’s the same Red Notice that was issued in 2014 or there’s a new one but my preliminary searches on the Interpol website under St Kitts and Nevis there is no mention of my client’s name and under China there is no mention of my client’s name. So therefore I am still waiting for either disclosure or clarification as to whether there is a Red Notice or not.”
What is the purpose of an Interpol Red Notice?
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.
Iinterpolcannot 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.