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Europe's most wanted: prostitute killers, cocaine smugglers and mafia bosses who are hunted by Europol


With the upcoming Brexit, questions remain about the UK's relationship with the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (EuroPol).

EuroPol is headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands and is the law enforcement agency of the European Union (EU). It serves as a cross-border police force to track down criminals through cooperation between EU member states.

The focus is primarily on combating serious international organized crime and terrorism through the cross-border exchange of information.

However, with Britain leaving the EU, there were warnings from British police chiefs that the country's fight against international crime would be slowing down.

Cross-border investigations will have to be reorganized if the UK leaves the EU security agency. The National Crime Agency announced in November that the UK is making "full use" of Europol's "significant and unique capabilities".

Pictured: Europol building, The Hague, Netherlands, is the headquarters of Europol, a European organization where national police forces work together

These skills include hunting down criminals fleeing their home countries in the European Union, many of whom are wanted for murder, rape, drug offenses and other serious crimes.

There are currently 50 people on Europol's wanted list. Of these, 47 are male and three are female and are between 21 and 72 years old.

The list includes 32 nationalities – some also from outside the EU, who are wanted in their member states, with Bulgaria being the most strongly represented nation with four people, while France and Russia each have three.

Britain has two members on the list – one from England and one from Scotland – both wanted for murder. The Englishman – Nathan Smith – is said to be on the run somewhere on the continent.

Nathan Smith – Male, 27 – English

Wanted for: murder, grievous bodily harm

Facts: Not present

Nathan Smith, wanted for murder

Nathan Smith, wanted for murder

Nathan Smith, a 27-year-old man, is currently the only entry from England on EuroPol's wanted list.

He is wanted by police in connection with a fatal knife stab in London's Finsbury Park on Friday 3rd January 2020 in which Takieddine Boudhane – known as Taki – died.

The 30-year-old Algerian delivery driver was involved in a traffic change in London that resulted in his being stabbed

The London Metropolitan Police are offering a reward of up to £ 10,000 for information that could lead to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for Taki's death.

"We are very interested to speak to Nathan Smith as part of our ongoing investigation," said Detective Chief Inspector Neil John, who is leading the investigation, of the case.

“We know that the day after Taki's murder, he fled the country and first traveled to Austria and then to Switzerland. We are confident that he has now moved elsewhere in Europe or possibly further afield.

"There is a European arrest warrant against Nathan and our investigations are continuing in several countries with the support of the NCA," said John.

He added that police believe there are also people who know of Smith's whereabouts or have seen him in the past 6 months and have asked them to contact the Met.

They add that Smith has connections to north London, particularly the Islington, Camden and Kittenish Town areas.

Derek Ferguson – Male, 57 – Scottish

Wanted for: murder, grievous bodily harm

Facts: Not present

Derek Ferguson, wanted for murder and other gangland activities

Derek Ferguson, wanted for murder and other gangland activities

Scotland's & # 39; most wanted man & # 39; Derek & # 39; Deco & # 39; Ferguson is the only other UK member on EuroPol's most wanted list after Nathan Smith.

He has been on the run since the murder of Thomas Cameron at the Auchinairn Tavern in Bishopbriggs near Glasgow, with whom he is said to be linked.

The Gangland Enforcer has also been linked to a second murder – a second suspect named Billy Bates, whose body was found dumped in an oil drum in the River Clyde.

He was found out after a National Crime Agency hacking operation that uncovered thousands of encrypted text messages.

He is said to have fled to his Spanish hiding place and is moving between safe houses, fearing that the police will finally find him.

Mob bosses reportedly used the encrypted system to talk about drug deals, plan robberies, and organize hits – they believed it was safe from the cops – who read their messages for three months.

Elena Puzyrvich – female, 40 – Russian

Wanted for: human trafficking

Issue: Ongoing investigation

Elena Puzyrvich wanted for human trafficking

Elena Puzyrvich wanted for human trafficking

Together with her business partner, Elena Puzyrvich ran a club in the Spanish region of Cáceres.

Nine Russian women – none of whom had official residence and work permits in Spain – worked from the club.

Puzyrvich was later convicted after it was established that she was responsible for overseeing the club's accounts and overseeing the Russian woman who worked as a prostitute.

Through her connections in her home country, she was able to lure a Russian woman to Spain to work for her.

The girls were given a tourist visa and a plane ticket to travel to Spain, which was picked up – sometimes by Elena herself – upon arrival at Barajas airport, says Europol.

They would be taken to the club where they would practice prostitution for an indefinite period of time without any legal labor regulations.

Some of the girls were disappointed with the type of work they would do under Puzyrvich and were forced into prostitution by telling them that they were in debt to Puzyrvich because of their travel expenses.

Puzyrvich was sentenced to a total of 12.5 years in prison for illegal detention, determination to prostitute and for crimes against the rights of foreign nationals. She is now on the run.

Tibor Foco – male, 64 – Austrian

Wanted for: murder, grievous bodily harm

Issue: Ongoing investigation

Tibor Foco, wanted for murder and aggravated assault

Tibor Foco, wanted for murder and aggravated assault

The Austrian secret service offers Tibor Foco a reward of 20,000 euros, who was sentenced to life imprisonment on March 13, 1986 for the murder of the 23-year-old prostitute Elfriede Hochgatterer.

Foco was a pimp, but before that he was also a motorcycle hill climb champion.

On the night of the murder, Foco killed Hochgatterer with a shot in the face with a revolver near some railroad tracks in Linz.

Hochgatterer worked about 200 yards from where her body was found the next day – the red-light restaurant Bunny owned by Foco.

He was arrested the next day but denied the act and received an alibi from his ex-wife, who later revoked it.

A year later, on March 31, 1987, Foco was sentenced to life imprisonment, but the case was reopened.

On April 27, 1995, Foco escaped from prison while he was on leave to study. During his time at the Law Faculty of the University of Linz, he escaped with the help of an accomplice who left a garage key and tear gas in the university's toilet.

Foco escaped with a black Kawasaki ZX 750 F & # 39; Ninja & # 39; Motorbike that can still be found today from a private garage. The escape had been planned for years.

Plank Zoltan – Male, 54 – Hungarian

Wanted for: Murder, grievous bodily harm & Organized or armed robbery

Issue: Ongoing investigation

Hungarin Plank Zoltan, wanted for murder, grievous bodily harm, and organized or armed robbery

Hungarin Plank Zoltan, wanted for murder, grievous bodily harm, and organized or armed robbery

The Hungarian Plank Zoltan and his business partners are wanted for allegedly hiring two assassins to kill one of their former partners.

The assassins found their target outside his home on August 25, 2014, where they had stabbed him several times.

They left him on the ground thinking he was dead, but the man was found and taken to the hospital. In the end, he survived the attack.

A month later, Zoltan and his gang allegedly stopped a car full of Chinese tourists while impersonating police officers.

The men stole 400,000,000 Hungarian forints (1.282 million euros) from tourists, Hungarian officials said.

A friend of the victims saw the robbery and followed the men, who fired warning shots with a machine gun so they could escape.

Zoltan, who could now have long hair, is on the run.

Elizabeth Dizon Honrada – female, 58 – Filipino

Wanted for: Illegal trafficking in narcotics and psychotropic substances

Facts: Sentenced to five years in prison

Elizabeth Dizon Honrada, wanted for drug trafficking

Elizabeth Dizon Honrada, wanted for drug trafficking

Elizabeth Dizon Honrada is one of a number of people on EuroPol's wanted list outside the EU who are wanted inside the EU.

In 2006 Honrada was sentenced to five years in prison for importing cocaine into the Netherlands.

On April 15, 2003, she imported 30 kilograms of class A drug, after having imported 15 kilograms a month earlier in March.

Both shipments were imported from Suriname, South Africa.

She's not finished with the five-year sentence, which is irrevocable.

She has been on the run since 2005 and her whereabouts are unknown to the police.

She has been wanted internationally since 2010, and in 2014 it was believed she could have stayed in Saudi Arabia.

Hamid Nour Eddine G Ibrahim – male, 40 – Libyan

Wanted for: murder, grievous bodily harm

Issue: Ongoing investigation

Hamid Nour Eddine G Ibrahim, wanted for murder and grievous bodily harm

Hamid Nour Eddine G Ibrahim, wanted for murder and grievous bodily harm

On March 11, 2015, a woman was found dead in the bedroom of her apartment in St. Pauls Bay, Malta.

An investigation found that she was killed by her former partner, Hamid Nour Eddine G Ibrahim.

The autopsy revealed that the victim died of five stab wounds on the same day that her body was discovered.

On the same day, Ibrahim fled the island a few hours before the victim's body was discovered.

Officials learned he was taking a flight to Italy, but sources later informed Maltese police that he was seen in Dublin, Ireland, a month later.

Dublin is his last known whereabouts and he has been on the run since fleeing Malta.

Giovanni Motisi – Male, 61 – Italian

Wanted for: murder, aggravated assault, participation in a criminal organization

Issue: Life imprisonment

Mafia boss Giovanni Motisi wanted for murder and criminal entrepreneurship

Mafia boss Giovanni Motisi wanted for murder and criminal entrepreneurship

Giovanni Motisi was one of the bosses of the Italian Sicilian Mafia "Cosa Nostra" and is wanted for several serious and brutal murders.

Motisi, also known as "The Fatman", is also believed to have participated in battles and firearms crimes, making him one of the most wanted in Europe. He has been on Italy's most wanted list since 1998 and has been on the run since 1993.

He was considered one of the most powerful bosses in Palermo.

He rose in the ranks as one of the killers for the boss of the bosses Totò Riina and his Corleonesi, but came close to Bernardo Provenzano when he took over the position of Riina as head of the Cosa Nostra.

He received a life sentence in 1985 for the murder of a police officer. In 2001, he narrowly avoided an attempt to arrest him.

In 2002 he was replaced as one of the Pagliarelli Mafia bosses because he was a refugee and did not lead the Mafia successfully.

His whereabouts are still unknown today. Some believe he is dead, while others deny it and say that he is hiding in southern Sicily.

Matteo Messina Denaro – Male, 58 – Italian

Wanted for: murder, aggravated assault, participation in a criminal organization

Facts: Sentenced to life imprisonment

Matteo Messina Denaro, the boss of the chefs

Matteo Messina Denaro, the boss of the chefs

Like Giovanni Motisi, Matteo Messina Denaro is also wanted in connection with his involvement in the Italian mafia.

Not only is he one of the most wanted people in Europe, but he is also one of the most wanted people in the world.

Known as "Diabolik", he is another leader of the Sicilian Mafia and is considered one of the new leaders of the Cosa Nostra after the arrest of Bernardo Provenzano on April 11, 2006 and the arrest of Salvatore Lo Piccolo in November 2007.

He is believed to have links to the killings of 50 people, including a string of car bombs that killed 10 people, including two prosecutors.

He became known nationwide in 2001 when he appeared on the cover of L & # 39; Espresso magazine along with the headline "Here is the new boss of the Mafia" or "Here is the new boss of the Mafia".

He has been a refugee since 1993 and – according to Forbes magazine – is one of the ten most wanted criminals in the world, even on Netflix & # 39; most dangerous criminals in the world & # 39 ;.

With the deaths of Bernardo Provenzano in 2016 and Salvatore Riina in 2017, Messina Denaro is considered the undisputed boss of all bosses within the mafia.

Davit Kuzmyn – Male, 48 – Ukrainian

Wanted for: Money laundering of the proceeds of crime, Participation in a criminal organization and tRaffle in stolen vehicles

Issue: Ongoing investigation

Davit Kuzmyn wanted for luxury car theft

Davit Kuzmyn wanted for luxury car theft

Davit Kuzmyn is wanted for his alleged involvement in several luxury car thefts in Luxembourg in late 2019.

He is also believed to be a member of a large criminal organization.

Some of his accomplices have already been arrested and are in custody in Luxembourg, while others are still on the run.

According to EuroPol, Kuzmyn uses several aliases to avoid detection and his whereabouts are currently unknown.

Kuzmyn has also used the code names Davit Kuzmini, Davit Kamladze and Davit Getiashvili in the past.

Abdul Majed and Mohammed Remmo (twins) – male, 21 – German

Wanted for: arson, organized or armed robbery

Issue: Ongoing investigation

The German criminal family associated with last year's spectacular art theft in Dresden is one of the most notorious clans in Berlin with a long history of gang violence and notorious crimes.

The Remmo family, considered one of the most dangerous players in the so-called "Arab Mafia" in Berlin, came back into the spotlight after five of their members were named as suspects in the break-in of the Green Vault last November.

Three Remmo suspects were arrested Tuesday during a massive police operation for robbery and arson, while two more, twin brothers Mohamed and Abdul Majed Remmo, are wanted on the same charge.

Abdul Majed Remmo

Mohammed Remmo

The twin brothers Mohamed and Abdul Majed Remmo are wanted for robbery and arson because of their alleged involvement in the break-in of the Green Vault last November in Dresden

The two are now both on EuroPol's wanted list because they were involved in the robbery on the morning of November 25, 2019.

After the patriarchs of the Remmo family moved to Europe from war-torn Lebanon in the 1980s, the clan first became known to the police after German reunification, beginning with the murder of a restaurant owner in 1992.

Since then, noticeable heists have included the theft of a giant £ 3 million gold coin from a Berlin museum and a £ 8 million bank robbery that caused the branch to explode.

The long list of crimes has resulted in numerous Remmo family members jailed and some of their property confiscated – but their crime has not stopped.

In Berlin there were sometimes violent clashes between Remmo gangsters and rival clans, which led to knife wounds and shootings. A family member, Nidal Remmo, was shot dead in 2018.

Another Remmo relative was accused of beating a man to death with a baseball bat in 2017, but was found not guilty in a verdict filed by prosecutors in a higher court last year.

2019: A room in the Grünes Gewölbe in Dresden, in which, last year, priceless items that once belonged to Augustus of Saxony were broken into the list of spectacular thefts of the Remmo family

2019: A room in the Grünes Gewölbe in Dresden, in which, last year, priceless items that once belonged to Augustus of Saxony were broken into the list of spectacular thefts of the Remmo family

During the hearing there were ugly scenes when clan chief Issa Remmo, the defendant's father, had to be wrested after the rush into the courtroom.

One of the most spectacular raids on the family took place in 2014 when a gang of robbers stormed the safe deposits of a Berlin bank and stole around £ 8 million worth of cash, jewelry and gold bars.

The burglars poured gasoline on the floor to cover their tracks and caused an explosion that destroyed almost the entire bank.

DNA evidence ultimately led to the conviction of Toufic Remmo, who was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2015.

Three years later, German police and prosecutors confiscated 77 properties valued at £ 9 million that were allegedly bought with the proceeds of the robbery.

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