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No trace Human trafficker who smuggled people into Ireland put on 'most wanted' list 

'His victims are subjected to severe beatings, kidnapping, rape, and/or unlawful deprivation of liberty'

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 Kidane Zekarias Habtemariam is wanted by “a large-scale international investigation into migration crime that is being conducted from the Netherlands”. 

Kidane Zekarias Habtemariam is wanted by “a large-scale international investigation into migration crime that is being conducted from the Netherlands”. 

Kidane Zekarias Habtemariam is wanted by “a large-scale international investigation into migration crime that is being conducted from the Netherlands”. 

A notorious human trafficker described as “one of the world’s cruelest people smugglers”, with victims in Ireland and across Europe and Africa, has been placed on the Netherlands’ “most wanted” criminals list. 

Eight months after he escaped from prison in Ethiopia, Eritrean Kidane Zekarias Habtemariam is wanted by “a large-scale international investigation into migration crime that is being conducted from the Netherlands”.

The Dutch Public Prosecution Service say Kidane is the head of a camp in Libya where thousands of migrants are living.

“He is suspected of leading a criminal organisation that seeks to make as much money as possible on the backs of migrants,” they said.

“His victims are subjected to severe beatings, kidnapping, rape, and/or unlawful deprivation of liberty.

“Many do not survive the journey to Europe, and even if they do make it to the Netherlands, he extorts money from them by making them pay him for the next member of their family who is on their way to Europe.”

Authorities say that since Kidane escaped from a court in Ethiopia earlier this year, he has been missing “without trace”.

“The investigation team want to know where he is,” the Dutch Public Prosecution Service,” added. “Some of the Eritreans now in the Netherlands were subjected to Kidane’s practices on their journey here.

“It is likely that there are people in the Eritrean community who have information about his current whereabouts. The investigation team have made a short film in the Eritrean language Tigrinya, to try to reach them.”

The authorities released a special number for Eritreans to contact them, where they can leave a voice message safely, confidentially, and for free (via Whatsapp or Viber messenger): +31 6 57 72 55 80. Messages can also be left in Tigrinya. It is also possible to send an email about Kidane’s whereabouts to KMAR.opsporingverzocht@mindef.nl.

“Anyone who has contact with people from Eritrea can help,” the service added. "Tell any Eritreans you know that Kidane is on the wanted list, and that it is important for the criminal investigation and prosecution that people share any information they have with the investigation team."

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