The former lawmaker was arrested through collaboration between the International Police’s (Interpol) National Central Bureau (NCB) in Dili and the Timorese police. 

An Interpol red notice alert does not serve as an international arrest warrant. However, Interpol’s international mechanism requires members to cooperate with its processes.

Because both the Philippines and Timor-Leste are members of Interpol, Timor Leste was expected to act as a member would: arrest and provisionally detain Teves, who was on the red notice alert, while waiting for extradition, surrender, or any other legal action.

But without an extradition treaty, and a possible refusal by Teves to surrender, what happens next?