The List: The World’s Most Wanted
Rumors that the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, died recently of typhoid are likely just that—rumors. But what about the other fugitives keeping him company atop the world’s most wanted list? FP tracks down a few of the world’s notorious outlaws.
Human Rights Watch Sheik Musa Hilal
Human Rights Watch Sheik Musa Hilal
Wanted for: Organizing the janjaweed militias that have terrorized the population of Darfur for the past three years
Indicted by: No oneyet. The U.N. Security Council has imposed a travel ban on Hilal and frozen his assets. There are persistent rumors that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is set to indict him or has already done so in secret.
Whereabouts: Probably Khartoum
Likelihood of Capture: Poor. Hilal is chief of one of Darfurs largest Arab tribes and has powerful backers in the Sudanese government. And Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir is adept at fending off international pressure.
Photo credit: U.S. Department of State Felicien Kabuga
Wanted for: Facilitating the 1994 genocide in Rwanda by organizing hate programs in newspapers and on Rwandan radio and television
Indicted by: The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 1999
Whereabouts: The rich businessman has attempted to settle in several countries since fleeing Rwanda in 1994. He is now reportedly in Kenya, and U.N. officials have met with officials there to try to secure his surrender.
Likelihood of Capture: Good. The Kenyan government is reportedly investigating Kabugas assets with an eye to freezing them, and officials there were embarrassed when U.S. Sen. Barack Obama accused them of sheltering Kabuga during a recent trip to Kenya.
Photo credit: Rewards for Justice Fund Radovan Karadzic
Wanted for: Crimes against humanity and genocide during the 199295 Bosnian war. Karadzic was president of the Bosnian Serb republic and helped craft its wartime strategy.
Indicted by: International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 1995
Whereabouts: Karadzic is thought to be shuttling between eastern Bosnia and Montenegro, where he has relatives.
Likelihood of Capture: Uncertain. The trail has gone cold in recent years. European troops in Bosnia occasionally raid the homes of Karadzics family and associates, but they do not appear to be closing in.
Photo credit: Notable Names Database Joseph Kony
Wanted for: Murder, rape, and kidnapping committed by the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) in northern Uganda
Indicted by: The ICC in 2005
Whereabouts: Northern Uganda or Sudan
Likelihood of Capture: Good. Through intermediaries, Kony has been negotiating with the Ugandan government in hopes of winning an amnesty for the LRA, and they appear to have struck a deal. But the ICC has been adamant that no amnesty is possible, and there is still a good chance that Kony will be apprehended.
Photo credit: Mikhail Evstafiev Gen. Ratko Mladic
Wanted for: Crimes during the Bosnian Serb offensive between 1992 and 1995, particularly the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica. Mladic was the commander of the Bosnian Serb forces during most of the war.
Indicted by: The ICTY in 1995
Likelihood of Capture: Good. The European Union has made turning over Mladic a key condition for discussing Serbias membership bid. Mladic still has protectors in the Serbian government, but international pressure will likely lead Serbian officials to turn him over eventually.
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