Taipei, Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) has asked Interpol to issue a Red Notice for Ali Hammad Jumaah, an Iraqi suspected of killing his Taiwanese wife's parents in Taipei, a spokesperson with the agency said Friday.
As of Friday evening, Interpol had yet to comply with the request for the Red Notice, which serves as an international wanted persons notice sought to locate and provisionally arrest an individual, according to Interpol's website.
In some cases, for example where the public's help is needed to locate an individual or they pose a threat to public safety, a public extract of the Red Notice is published on the organization's website.
Jumaah left Taiwan with his one-year-old son Tuesday on a flight bound for Japan, authorities said Wednesday, leading the police to ask law enforcement authorities in Japan and Interpol to help track down the 31-year-old Iraqi man.
Because Taiwan is not a member of Interpol, however, Taiwanese law enforcement authorities can only seek unofficial assistance from Japanese authorities to contact Interpol, according to the CIB.
Commenting on a report indicating that Jumaah had left Japan, the CIB spokesperson said Friday that the agency has not excluded any possibilities regarding his whereabouts.
The source noted, however, that the police have not received any information from Japanese authorities on whether Jumaah is still in the country.
Also, even if Japanese police were to apprehend the suspect, it would be difficult for Taiwan to secure his extradition because it does not have an extradition treaty with Japan, the CIB spokesperson cautioned.
According to the police, Jumaah briefly contacted his wife Wednesday afternoon via LINE video chat and told her their son was with him in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. That could not be confirmed independently, according to police.
The bodies of Jumaah's parents-in-law were found dead at their home in Taipei's Shilin District on Wednesday morning.
In a statement given by Jumaah's wife to police the same day, she said she and her son returned from Japan, where the family lived, in March this year because her husband had become physically abusive.
According to Apple Daily, Jumaah's wife lived with her brother upon her return while entrusting her son to her parents.
When Jumaah came to Taiwan in mid-April, his wife said she wanted a divorce, and the two argued over custody and child visitation rights, investigators said, citing the wife.
The Iraqi national visited his parents-in-law on his own on the evening of April 29 and left the country with his son at around 8 a.m. the following day, while his wife was staying with her brother at the time, according to police.
That has led to suspicions he was responsible for the deaths of the parents-in-law, though law enforcement authorities have said in recent days that the victims had no signs of trauma.
According to Interpol, there are eight types of notices, seven of which are color-coded by their function. The Red Notice is the best known.
An eighth Special Notice is issued at the request of the United Nations Security Council, targeting groups and individuals who are the targets of U.N. Security Council Sanctions Committees.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel