Fugitive and Extradition News

Fugitive and Extradition News

Dangerous criminals on the run must be found and brought to face justice.

Fugitives are criminals on the run, and as such pose a serious threat to public safety worldwide. They are mobile (often travelling between countries on stolen or fraudulent travel documents), and opportunistic, frequently financing their continued flight from the law through further criminal activities. Sharing information about fugitives and bringing them back to face justice in the country where they committed the crime has been a core function of INTERPOL since our creation. It is even more important today in world where travel is so easy and crimes cross borders so fluidly.

INTERPOL Wanted – public appeal

Help us locate fugitives wanted for environmental crimes such as the smuggling of protected species or illegal logging. The organized criminal networks behind environmental crime are sophisticated and well-funded, and often connected to other serious and violent crimes.

"The world only gets smaller; for fugitives there are no borders, and close international police cooperation has never been more crucial".

We support member countries and other international entities to locate and arrest fugitives who cross international boundaries. We provide investigative support, deliver training, bring experts together and encourage sharing of best practice. We also provide operational support and assistance to the searches for individuals wanted for serious international crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes) by INTERPOL member countries, UN tribunals and the International Criminal Court

Every day, on average, nine INTERPOL Red Notices are cancelled because of the arrest, extradition or surrender of the fugitives in question.

INFRA – Operation to locate fugitives

EL PAcCTO (Europe Latin America Assistance Program against Transnational Organized Crime) is an EU-funded 3-year project to create and develop a permanent mechanism for fugitive investigations across Latin America. Its partnership with INTERPOL involves Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru and has the following objectives:
  • Develop a standing, dedicated region-wide fugitive investigations network to identify, prioritize and target high-risk criminals using INTERPOL Red and Blue Notices and Diffusions.
  • Develop a mechanism to standardize, analyze and exchange data associated with high-risk criminals. Provide capacity building and training on fugitive investigations.
  • Expand the use of INTERPOL global tools and services to improve international police cooperation.

Sheriff's pity over arrest of church-going grandfather who was secretly a fugitive on the run for 36 years

  • Michael Ray Morrow was sentenced in 1973 to five years in California state prison for armed robbery.
  • He escaped in 1977 because he feared other inmates were trying to kill him
  • Morrow had been living as Carl Frank Wilson for 36 years in Arkansas. His wife and children were unaware of this past.
Officers arresting a fugitive who had escaped from prison almost 40 years ago said the moment that they put the churchgoing grandfather in handcuffs this week was 'bittersweet'. Michael Ray Morrow was sentenced in 1973 to five years in California state prison for armed robbery in Long Beach. Four years into his sentence he escaped, claiming that other inmates wanted to kill him.
The law finally caught up with 70-year-old Morrow on Monday at his home in Jessieville, Arkansas where he had been living quietly as Carl Frank Wilson, a grandfather who attended church every Sunday.

Tale of two lives: Michael Ray Morrow (pictured left around 40 years ago) escaped jail in California and took up the alias Carl Frank Wilson. The elderly grandfather had been on the run for 36 years when he was arrested this week (right)

Detective Sgt Joel Ware, from Garland County Sheriff's Department, told ABC: 'It's good to have him answer to justice, but to take an elderly person with medical issues, who has otherwise lived a quiet, peaceful life, never causing any problems, went to church every Sunday, it was bittersweet.
'The officer said that Morrow had been very cooperative during his arrest but emotional although there appeared to be some relief after he had spent the past three decades always looking over his shoulder.
Morrow had been living as law-abiding Mr Wilson for 36 years.
His family were unaware that the elderly grandfather had been living under an alias and had fled a criminal past.
He had got married and had three children and grandchildren.

On the lam: Morrow, in a mugshot from 1973, had kept his criminal past a secret from his wife, children and grandchildren

Morrow is being held on a charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He is in Garland County Jail waiting to be extradited to California. Morrow had escaped from the California Institute for Men in Chino on August 27, 1977, federal authorities said, while serving time for first-degree robbery. He has not yet revealed how he escaped from prison but Sgt Ware said it was a 'pretty good plan'. Morrow was finally tracked down after investigators matched his fingerprints to those of a man using the name of Carl Frank Wilson, who was arrested in Saline County, Arkansas, in 1984. Some neighbors told ArkansasMatters.com they knew Murrow had been incarcerated before but they had no idea he had escaped prison. 'You live beside somebody for fourteen years, but you really don't know them. You thought you knew them. That's what's spooky,' neighbor Randy Edmonds told the station.

Security: Morrow escaped from the California Institute for Men in Chino on August 27, 1977 and is now being extradited back to the state

US agency names Venezuelan minister among 'most wanted' fugitives.

WASHINGTON: United States immigration officials have added Venezuelan government minister Tareck El Aissami, a suspected drug smuggler, to their list of most wanted fugitives, they said on Wednesday (Jul 31).

Venezuelan industry minister and former vice president Tareck El Aissami was charged with drug trafficking in March. (AFP/YURI CORTEZ)

Have you seen this most wanted #fugitive?,"

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) posted on its Twitter account, alongside a picture of the industry minister and former deputy to President Nicolas Maduro.
"He's wanted for international narcotics trafficking."
US federal authorities in March charged El Aissami with drug trafficking and dodging sanctions imposed by Washington.
If he is arrested and extradited El Aissami could face up to 30 years in prison.
The US designated El Aissami in February 2017 as having played "a significant role in international narcotics trafficking."
"In his previous positions, he oversaw or partially owned narcotics shipments of more than 1,000 kilogrammes from Venezuela on multiple occasions, including those with the final destinations of Mexico and the United States," ICE said on its website. Venezuela is struggling with a political and economic crisis that the United Nations says has left a quarter of its 30 million people in need of humanitarian aid. In January, National Assembly Speaker Juan Guaido declared himself acting president, branding Maduro an "usurper" over his re-election last year in a poll widely believed to have been rigged. But despite the support of some 50 countries including the US, Guaido has been unable to dislodge him from power.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement published a photograph of Venezuela Industry Minister Tareck El Aissami, one of President Nicolas Maduro’s closest allies, with the question, “Have you seen this most wanted fugitive?”
Part of its Most Wanted Wednesday campaign, ICE, as the agency is known, said on Twitter that El Aissami is wanted for international narcotics trafficking. The notice on ICE’s website listed El Aissami’s last known location as Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, and indicated any reward information as “not available.”
The U.S. designated El Aissami, who then served as vice president, as a narcotics trafficker under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act in 2017. The Treasury Department alleged that El Aissami protected drug lords and oversaw a network of planes and ships exporting thousands of kilograms of cocaine. Samark Lopez Bello, who is considered a close business associate, appeared alongside El Aissami on ICE’s most wanted list. Lopez Bello was also sanctioned under the Kingpin Act in 2017.

The World's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives

The World's Most Wanted Fugitives is a list published by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and American publishing and media company Forbes. The list contains 10 fugitives that Forbes, with the help of international law enforcement agencies, deems to be the world's most wanted. The World's Most Wanted Fugitives list was first published in April 2008.Subsequently, in August 2008, Forbes debuted an additional list focused solely on white-collar crime: the World's 10 Most Wanted White-Collar Fugitives.Forbes debuted yet another list in May 2011, following the death of Osama bin Laden: FBI Most Wanted Terrorists.

The World's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives List

  1. Osama bin LadenSaudi leader of al-Qaeda (died 2 May 2011)
  1. Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán
  1. Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov
  1. Dawood Ibrahim
  1. Matteo Messina Denaro
  1. Félicien Kabuga
  1. Manuel Marulanda, leader of FARC (died 26 March 2008)
  1. Joseph Kony
  1. James "Whitey" BulgerIrish-American mobster (arrested 22 June 2011)
  1. Omid TahviliIranian-Canadian mobster.

White-collar fugitives 2008

  1. Jacob "Kobi" AlexanderIsraeli-American. Wanted by the U.S. for securities fraud. Sentenced to 30 months in US federal prison in 2017.[4]
  2. Ghaith PharaonSaudi. Wanted by the U.S. for extradition for involvement in BCCI scandal (died January 6, 2017).
  3. Lai Changxing, Chinese. Wanted by the PRC for bribery and smuggling of goods up to $6 billion in value. Sentenced to life imprisonment in China in 2012.
  4. Gao Shan, Chinese. Wanted by the People's Republic of China for embezzlement. Sentenced to 15 years in China.
  5. Thaksin Shinawatra, former Thai prime minister and businessman. Wanted in Thailand for "abuse of authority" over a $90 million loan.
  6. Tomo RazmilovicCroatian. Wanted by the U.S. for securities fraud.
  7. Jean Claude Lacote, French. Wanted in Belgium for money laundering and suspicion of murder.
  8. Boris Berezovsky, Russian. Wanted by Russia for fraud and money laundering, and was sentenced to six years in absentia for "siphoning" about $9 million from Russia's state airline Aeroflot. He lived in the UK where he was granted political asylum (died 23 March 2013).
  9. James Eberhart, American. Wanted by the U.S. for mail fraud and money laundering. On December 8, 2014 he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.
  10. Joseph Wayne McCool, American. Wanted by the U.S. for fraud. He is accused of running a Ponzi scheme.
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