Meet the World’s Most Wanted Environmental Criminals

Interpol unveils the first list of the planet’s most destructive poachers, ivory traffickers, and polluters.
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Nov 17, 2014· 1 MIN READ
Taylor Hill is an associate editor at TakePart covering environment and wildlife.

Taking a page out of the FBI’s playbook, Interpol has released the first “Most Wanted” list of the worst of the worst environmental criminals.

The international police organization hopes that publicizing the photos and crimes of the world’s most egregious poachers, ivory traffickers, and illegal loggers will help bring the suspects to justice.

“The most effective way to prevent crime and make the world safer is for police and the public to join forces,” Interpol officials said in a statement.

It’s the first global environmental criminal list made available to the public, and part of Interpol’s Infra Terra initiative to locate and arrest fugitives on the lam.

“Even the smallest detail, which you might think is insignificant, has the potential to break a case wide open when combined with other evidence the police already have,” said Ioannis Kokkinis, an Interpol criminal intelligence officer.

So who made the list?

The “nasty nine” includes Feisal Mohamed Alim, 47, of Kenya, who is suspected of being the ringleader of an ivory-smuggling group.

Another fugitive on the list is 30-year-old Ahmed Kamran, suspected of smuggling hundreds of live animals by military airplane from Tanzania to Qatar in 2010. Giraffes and impalas were among the animals transported.

Russian national Sergey Darminov made the list thanks to his role as the suspected leader of the criminal group BPP, which made a reported $450 million in 2006 and 2007 from illegal crab fishing.

One suspect, Sudiman Sunoto of Indonesia, is wanted for illegal logging in his home country.

Adriano Giacabone of Italy is wanted on a laundry list of charges, including illegally discharging toxic waste, kidnapping, receiving stolen goods, and counterfeiting.

The list’s creation follows the recent release of the United Nations Environment Program and Interpol’s Environmental Crime Crisis Report, which found that the black market from illegal wildlife trade and environmental crime is estimated to be worth between $70 billion and $213 billion annually.

“Sometimes all it takes is a fresh pair of eyes to bring new momentum to an investigation and provide the missing clue [that] will help locate these wanted individuals, some of whom have been evading justice for years,” said Kokkinis.

What do you do if you see or have information on one of the world’s worst environmental criminals? Email Interpol.