Dubai’s State Security forces arrested Amir Faten Mekky, the leader of one of the most dangerous international crime rings involved in murder, drug trafficking and money laundering, Dubai Media Office announced on Friday.
Mekky, who is wanted by the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) for murder, is associated with one of the world’s most notorious international criminals Radwan al-Taghi, the head of the ‘Angels of Death’ gang, the media office said.
Al-Taghi was arrested in Dubai in December 2019 and handed over to Holland.
Mekky had been the subject of media attention in Spain and Europe for several brutal crimes, but all attempts by European authorities to arrest him failed despite several extensive security pursuits, the official said.
In a sting operation Dubai’s security arrested Amir Faten Mekky, a Danish national, on the 3rd of June. Mekky has eluded security forces across Europe, and has been at large until today.— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) June 5, 2020
The Danish national was arrested on Thursday when special forces from the emirate’s security agency raided his place of residence, according to the city’s media office.
Intelligence services discovered that Mekky had entered the country in 2018 using a forged passport after having eluded security forces across Europe, the security official said.
For weeks, security forces carried out several secret intelligence and field operations, which took place under difficult circumstances due to movement restrictions following the coronavirus outbreak, according to the official.
However, they managed to verify Mekky’s identity and carry out the arrest, the official added.
Mekky is currently being investigated and preparations are underway to hand him over to the relevant authorities.