16 of the world’s most wanted living in AustraliaJune 1st, 2009 - 1:21 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne (Australia), June 1 (ANI): Sixteen of the world’s most wanted killers, sex predators, and fraudsters are hiding out in Australia, according to the police.
International law enforcement agencies believe they are 120 internationally sought after criminals, and these 16 have entered Australia and may still be here.
Crime Stoppers International has provided The Daily Telegraph exclusive access to the fugitive list as it begins its month-long Internationally Wanted Fugitives Round-Up and Arrest campaign.
Countries with arrest warrants out range from Armenia to the US, China, Indonesia, New Zealand and Canada.
Despite its isolation and tight border controls, Australia rates high on the list of countries believed to have attracted international fugitives, who have either already visited or may be in the country.
Of the wanted criminals on the international list, the US had 60 believed to be within its borders, Canada about 20, the UK 20, and Australia close behind.
“I think that’s because the country’s sort of isolated geographically; I think that people think they may be able to hide here without being noticed,” said Crime Stoppers Australia corporate affairs director Peter Price.
“These guys are hardened criminals and they may have come in under false passports or false pretences,” he added.
Topping the list is former South African lawyer George Prinsloo, 39, whose deceptively bland and urbane looks mask his sexual predator’s nature.
He is wanted for luring underage girls away from orphanages, drugging them and paying them to engage in sex acts and child pornography.
Also suspected of being in Australia is senior Canadian Hells Angel bikie David Macdonald Carrol, 57, wanted for questioning over the deaths of 13 people as well as for attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and gang and drugs offences, between 1995 and 2001.
Carrol remains on the run despite a major police operation conducted by Canadian authorities in 2001 that resulted in the arrest and incarceration of members of the Hells Angels and members of an affiliated group, called the Rockers.Also wanted are seven alleged Indonesian money launderers including Adelin Lis, 51.
Lis, whose network of logging companies were accused of illegally logging 30 billion dollars worth of Sumatran timber between 1995 and 2008, was acquitted of illegal logging charges in late 2007. Indonesian authorities are still pursuing him for money-laundering charges.
The Australian wanted-list includes Russian-speaking Armenian Arakel Sargsyan, sought for crimes involving weapons or explosives. (ANI)
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