DUBAI: Kidane Habtemariam, an Eritrean nationwide wished for migrant smuggling, human trafficking and different associated crimes, was arrested as a part of a nine-month worldwide police operation led by the UAE in cooperation with INTERPOL.
Habtemariam, who had been hiding since 2021, was one of the crucial wished traffickers on the time of his seize.
The Eritrean nationwide is the alleged chief of a felony group that has kidnapped, abused and extorted East African migrants to smuggle them into Europe. He’s believed to have smuggled and trafficked 1000’s of victims lately.
Primarily based on data shared by INTERPOL’s Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants unit final 12 months, the UAE launched an investigation into members of Habtemariam’s community, together with his personal brother, who laundered cash on his behalf. Because of the unlawful monetary transactions unearthed by UAE regulation enforcement, officers have been in a position to monitor down Habtemariam in Sudan.
His brother, Henok Zekarias, was additionally arrested for his involvement, UAE Inside Minister Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al-Nahyan introduced by way of Twitter on Sunday.
“Smuggling and trafficking human beings is an appalling crime, and we’ve got now shut down one of the crucial necessary trafficking routes into Europe, which illegally moved 1000’s of migrants from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan, by Libya and into Europe,” UAE Federal Anti-Narcotics Director-Basic Saeed Abdullah Al-Suwaidi stated.