UAE Arrests INTERPOL Wanted Migrant Smuggler

  • Publish date: Friday، 06 January 2023
UAE Arrests INTERPOL Wanted Migrant Smuggler

The United Arab Emirates arrested a notorious people smuggler, known for violent treatment of migrants in Sudan based on information shared via INTERPOL.

Kidane Zekarias Habtemariam was the subject of two INTERPOL Red Notices, by Ethiopia and the Netherlands, for migrant smuggling, human trafficking and other related crimes.

In March 2022, intelligence gathered by INTERPOL’s Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants unit had a task force meeting with participants from Ethiopia, Sudan, The Netherlands, UAE, Europol and Regional Operational Centre in support of the Khartoum process and the African Union Horn of Africa Initiative (ROCK).

He is also on the list for heading a major criminal organization behind the kidnapping, extortion and murder of East African migrants.

Since 2019, Habtemariam had been on INTERPOL’s radar and is believed to have smuggled and trafficked thousands of victims.

More arrests are expected as part of ongoing investigations and as coordination continues with several INTERPOL member countries.

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