Wednesday, June 3, 2009

World's Most Wanted Criminals

Photographs of over 120 of the world’s most wanted criminals have been released as part of a major crackdown on international fugitives.

“Operation INFRA - International Fugitive Round-up and Arrest” will run throughout June and several countries are participating in massive awareness campaigns.

Crime Stoppers International (CSI) and its affiliate organisations across the globe, including South Africa’s Crime Line, are participating in the programme.

All these photographs have been posted on together with names and descriptions of the crimes each fugitive is being sought for.

Head of Crime Line, Yusuf Abramjee said, “Five countries have posted a list of their most wanted. There is suspicion that some of these wanted men and women could be hiding in South Africa and we appeal to the public to assist the authorities to help find them. Some of the criminals are dangerous, and could even be armed, they should not be approached.”

Among those being sought are drug syndicate leaders, paedophiles, human traffickers, weapons smuggling, robbers and fraudsters.

“Who knows? One of these fugitives could be a work colleague, a family member, a friend, a neighbour or somebody you’ve spotted in the supermarket,” said Abramjee.

“Operation INFRA needs your help, let’s get these most wanted behind bars.”

South African fugitive, Dirk Prinsloo, is named as one of the most wanted on the international list. Prinsloo fled South Africa while on trial with his ex-partner, Cezanne Visser, popular known as “Advocate Barbie”. Allegations against Prinsloo include charges of sexual abuse against young children.

At least 13 other South Africans are also on the list, they are being sought for money laundering, counterfeiting, possession of weapons and explosives and drug dealing.

Click here to view photographs and descriptions.

This is the first ever worldwide hunt for fugitives which is being co-ordinated by CSI.

Lord Ashcroft, founder and chair of Crime Stoppers in the UK says, “This initiative is well and truly an international one, it is not USA-centric nor Euro-centric, but rather world-centric. Fugitives hide across the globe in all communities, large and small.”

The international campaign, ‘Operation INFRA’ supports a positive and pro-active stance towards fugitive capture. Reporting the whereabouts of fugitives makes a difference in the fight against crime, which currently undermines democracy and the safety within our communities.

Crime Line was launched in June 2007 and already 750 suspects have been arrested and seizures total almost R29 million.

Abramjee again appealed to the public to go to the “Wanted” banner on the Crime Line website where photos of six of Gauteng’s most wanted are displayed. One of the men was recaptured earlier this year following an anonymous tip-off to authorities.

Director Sally de Beer from the office of the National Police Commissioner said, “We hope that with the assistance of the public, we will be able to track down some of the world’s most wanted. We have special teams on standby, ready to follow up on your detailed information.”

“Criminals know no boundaries or borders. They take refuge wherever they want to. The South African Police Service appeals to you to take a very close look at the photographs and to send your tip offs to Crime Line,” she added.

Tip-offs can be smsed to 3 22 11 at a cost of R1, or sent via the crime line website,


Latest 5 Featured Posts:

Operation Vula, its Secret Safari, and Zuma’s band of comrades - Dec. 2013
During 1986 the ANC launched an underground operation called Operation Vula. A lesser-known fact is that it continued to operate after Nelson Mandela's release in February 1990, and for three years after his speech in August 1990 when he reiterated the total commitment of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe and the SACP to the Groote Schuur Minute.

Heritage Day Photographs (Voortrekker Monument) - Sept. 2013
This posting includes a few photographs taken on Heritage Day 2013. The posting introduces an unusual but beautiful new structure called QUO VADIS? (with the question mark) which I’m sure many readers have never heard of.

The Yellow-Bucket Marula Tree: A Mystery Solved! - Oct. 2013
I came across a rather strange phenomenon one day while travelling along the R561 route between Tolwe and Baltimore in the Limpopo province of South Africa. A small yellow bucket was attached high-up in a branch of a Marula tree, hence the name of this posting. It’s a real funny story which I’m sure most readers will enjoy - as much as I enjoyed compiling the article  - (with illustrations).

Pretoria’s Monument for Victims of Terrorism - July 2013
Many people (including myself) had almost forgotten about a noteworthy monument in Pretoria that stood at the entrance of the old Munitoria building on the corner of Van der Walt and Vermeulen Streets (now renamed Lilian Ngoyi and Madiba Streets). When the Munitoria building was demolished on 7 July 2013 nobody could tell me whether the monument was still standing or not, so I decided to go look for myself.

Remembering The Battle of Delville Wood - July 2013
14 July marks a day when the South African 1st Infantry Brigade got engaged in the 1916 (WW1) Battle of the Somme, in France. The battle was one of the largest of World War I, in which more than a million men were wounded or killed, making it one of humanity's bloodiest battles. One specific encounter during this battle, known as The Battle of Delville Wood, is of particular importance to South Africa. The posting includes a comprehensive article (with pictures) compiled and written by Petros Kondos.

African Countries (Alphabetical list):
(The links will redirect to the page dealing with the specific country.)