INTERPOL Asks Public to Help Nab Environmental Crime Fugitives
INTERPOL's new initiatives highlight the seriousness and scope of environmental crime.
On November 17, for the first time in its history, INTERPOL asked the public to assist in the capture of environmental crime fugitives. The landmark public appeal falls under INTERPOL's Operation Infra Terra, launched in October and targeting 139 criminals from 36 nations.
INTERPOL—the International Criminal Police Organization—is the world's largest international police organization, with 190 member countries.
The nine fugitives are accused of a range of crimes:
—Italian Adriano Giacobone is wanted for the discharge of toxic waste.
—Ariel Bustamante Sanchez, from Mexico, is "suspected of organizing illegal fishing in the waters of a national park in Costa Rica."
—Zambian Ben Simasiku was arrested for possessing ivory and reportedly then disappeared after being found with elephant tusks.
—Bhekumusa Mawillis Shiba (INTERPOL notes he