By Noreen Jazul
Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Joma Sison said he enjoyed “absolute protection” from the government of The Netherlands, after the Philippine National Police (PNP) sought the issuance of a Red Notice from the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).
A Red Notice, according to Interpol, is “a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action.”
Sison, in a Skype interview with ANC, said he was “well-protected” by the Geneva Refugee Conventions and Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
“That means to say that no international authority can override the fact that I am in the Netherlands and I am within the jurisdiction of the Netherlands,” said Sison, who has been exile in The Netherlands for over three decades.
The CPP founder also said that his lawyers can “easily debunk the false charges” being pinned against him.
“There’s no way I can be extradited. There’s no extradition treaty between the Netherlands and the Philippines,” Sison said from his Utrecht residence.
“I enjoy absolute protection from being deported from the Netherlands whether it’s to the Philippines or to a third country because I enjoy absolute protection from being put at risk,” he added.
Sison underscored that under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, he cannot be “put at risk of being tortured or subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment.”
“Let us say I would be reported to the Philippines or extradited to the Philippines, I would be facing the same military that tortured me during the Marcos period, The military organization to continues to exist there,” he said.
The CPP founder said he “presumes” that PNP’s request will either be “rejected” or will be “put aside quietly” by the Interpol.
“Of course the Interpol may probably give the courtesy but I think it cannot decide to override the jurisdiction of the dutch govt over me,” he said.
PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde on Monday said that the PNP has coordinated with Philippine Center on Transnational Crime (PCTC) which is Interpol’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in the country.
“The legal basis for an Interpol Red Notice is an Arrest Warrant or Court Order issued by judicial authorities in a country. Many of Interpol’s member countries consider a Red Notice to be a valid request for provisional arrest,” said Albayalde.
“It is in the Netherlands where he continues to exercise command and control of the New People’s Army, the military arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines under the umbrella of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines that is waging a terrorist campaign in some parts of the Philippines,” said Albayalde. (With a report from Aaron Recuenco)
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