3,700 on Dubai Police wanted list arrested during the first quarter of the year

About 70 per cent of people are wanted for financial crimes, said Dubai Police.

DUBAI // Dubai Police arrested 3,700 out of 4,520 wanted persons during the first four months of this year, recovering Dh800 million in the process. During the whole of last year 12,300 were on the wanted list, 9,639 of whom were arrested and Dh3 billion was collected. In 2012, 9,083 out of 11,995 were apprehended and Dh2bn was recovered.

About 70 per cent of people are wanted for financial crimes. A third of the total recovered last year came from one person.

“The Wanted Persons Department’s efforts were not limited to locally wanted individuals, but it was able to reach settlements with wanted persons who had fled the country without paying off their debts and dues,” said Maj Gen Khalil Al Mansouri, the assistant chief of Dubai Police criminal investigation affairs. “Some of the persons whose apprehension is based on international warrants of arrest are involved in extremely dangerous crimes, such as terrorism.”

Maj Al Mansouri said the department worked around the clock, using the “ABC” programme, which classifies wanted individuals according to their crimes.

“This programme was adopted by Lt Gen Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security in Dubai,” said Maj Al Mansouri. “It is being examined by a committee headed by [Dubai Police chief] Maj Gen Khamis Al Muzeina with a view to submitting a proposal to adopt it throughout the UAE, given the 300 per cent increase in the apprehension of wanted persons since it was implemented.”

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Published: May 18, 2014 04:00 AM

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