This week Netflix released it's new true crime docu-series, World's Most Wanted, which profiles five different fugitives who top multiple country's most wanted lists, each one sought after by the likes of the FBI, CIA, MI5 and other powerful security services.
Each of the 50-minute long episodes looks at the alleged crimes and history of the five individuals, along with interviews with police and various law enforcement agencies about their efforts to capture them and exploring how some of them had managed to stay on the run for decades. It turns out that of the five fugitives who are profiled in the series, only one has since been captured.
85-year old Félicien Kabuga, who is profiled in episode two, was on the run for more than 25 years before being captured in Paris on May 16th. During the 26 years he was on the run, he is believed to have used at least 28 aliases and an alleged close connection to the Kenyan Government to stay hidden.
According to French authorities, the coronavirus lockdown actually helped capture him, since he was living in lockdown in a wealthy Parisian suburb using a false identity.
Kabuga, who was the richest man in Rwanda at the time, is accused of being the financier of the Rwandan genocide of 1994 (along with numerous other accusations of crimes against humanity). The genocide resulted in the murders of 800,000 Rwandans in 100 days, and the mass slaughter of people belonging to the Tutsi, Twa and moderate Hutu groups. He is due to stand trial next year.
The other four episodes cover Mexican drug lord Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, Northern Irish woman Samantha Lewthwaite nicknamed 'The White Widow' of one of the 7/7 London bombers, Sicilian mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, and Russian mobster Semion Mogilevich, who was described by the FBI as "the most dangerous mobster in the world," and according to assassinated Russian secret service agent Alexander Litvinenko, had ties with Vladimir Putin back in the 90s.
World's Most Wanted is out on Netflix now.
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