An elusive Mafia boss, a fugitive Islamist militant and a blonde fraudster have been brought together for the first time by a new online portal listing Europe's most wanted men and women. Launched by Europol on 29 January, the website aims at improving information-sharing between EU member states on high-profile internationally-wanted criminals.
It features profiles of 45 fugitives from across the 28-nation bloc with a photo, description and, in a couple of cases, the reward for information on their whereabouts. "From today, citizens in the EU and beyond can provide useful information via the website, anonymously if preferred," Europol said.
Available in 17 EU languages, Eumostwanted.eu is to be managed directly by dedicated national fugitive teams that "will directly receive any leads about them". In the hours after its launch the website proved so popular that it experienced some issues.
The site doesn't single out a European public enemy number one as outlaws are not ranked. The list, however, includes some renowned figures such as Paris attacks suspects Salah Abdeslam and Mohammed Abrini and Cosa Nostra boss Matteo Messina Denaro.
The first is described as a "very dangerous and armed individual" while the latter's file says he is accused of killing the son of a rival mafia member that was cooperating with police. Finnish fraudster Marina Cecilia Kettunen who is "suspected of aggravated fraud of significant amount of money" is currently the only woman in the group.