Attack on a prison van in France: Interpol issues a “red notice” for the fugitive, what does this imply?

Interpol announced that it had issued a red notice to locate repeat offender Mohamed Amra who escaped during the fatal attack on the van transporting him the day before in Eure (France).

“A red notice has been issued at the request of the French authorities who are looking for the escaped prisoner Mohamed Amar, alias ‘La Mouche’”, indicated on the social network X the international police cooperation organization based in Lyon.

A Red Notice is “a request to law enforcement agencies around the world to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition or surrender.” To simplify, we could speak of wanted notices on an international scale.

Interpol specifies, however, that this is not an international arrest warrant. “The persons concerned are sought by the member country at the origin of the notice, or by an international court. Member countries apply their own law to decide whether or not to arrest the person,” we can read on their website .

These notices are for the exclusive use of law enforcement agencies. If it is published this time, it is because the help of the general public may be needed to locate the individual.

The fugitive, Mohamed Amra

The 30-year-old man escaped during an attack with heavy weapons against a prison van aimed at freeing him, Tuesday at the Incarville tollbooth (Eure).

Two prison officers were killed and three injured. The attack caused turmoil among prison officers. Several hundred took part in a “dead prison” day across France.

The detainee had been the subject of several convictions and indictments in organized delinquency cases and was “very well known to the justice system”, according to Paris prosecutor Laure Beccuau.

The latest conviction dates back to May 7, by the Evreux court “for a burglary” which earned him 18 months in prison. He was in pre-trial detention for other cases, including an indictment by the JIRS (Specialized Interregional Jurisdiction) of Marseille in a case of murder by an organized gang. During the attack, he was returning to the Evreux remand center where he was incarcerated after a hearing at the Rouen judicial court.

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