Interpol wants your help to catch fugitives
Oman is the only Arab country participating in operation Infra-Red
The world's largest international police organisation Interpol is asking members of the public to keep an eye out for known fugitives on social networking sites as part of their global operation Infra-Red.
Infra-red (International Fugitive Round-Up and Arrest), which was launched on May 3rd, is targeting 450 fugitives that are wanted by, or believed to be located in, the twenty nine countries participating in the operation that include Australia, Belgium, Germany, South Africa, UK and USA among others, with one sole Arab country on the list - Oman.
The operation has already led to new information on more than 300 cases including possible locations, travel document information, photographs, fingerprints and telephone numbers.
"The operation has been very successful in locating and arresting a large number of these targets, but what we are now left with are the cases were we have no new information on their whereabouts, which is why we are asking for the public to help," said Operation Infra-Red coordinator Martin Cox, Assistant Director of Interpol's Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit.
Interpol have highlighted twenty-six Infra-Red targets wanted for a range of offences including human trafficking, murder and child sexual abuse, as part of their appeal for public assistance.
"It is more likely that someone will recognize one these fugitives from a social networking site or a chat room than spotting them walking down the street, but no matter how a member of the public has the information, we would ask that they pass it on," added Cox.