Police appeal to trace foreign criminal suspects
07:25 04 February 2013
Seventeen foreign nationals with connections to London are wanted over crimes including murder, rape, and abduction.
It is believed the suspects, wanted by other countries in Europe, are currently in hiding in the UK.
An appeal by the Metropolitan Police’s Extradition Unit aims to track down the suspected criminals and extradite them to face court action abroad.
The suspects include 32-year-old Dritan Rexhepi, wanted over a double murder in Albania with suspected links to London, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.
Edvinas Judinskas, 19, is accused of murder in his native Lithuania over an attack where a gang forced their way in to a flat and beat the occupant to death with a metal rod and wooden chair leg.
He has links to Woolwich.
Serhat Aslan, 26, is wanted for murder in his native Turkey after a 19-year-old man was stabbed in 2004. He has links with Stoke Newington and Chingford.
The list also includes Evaldas Rabikauskas, 29, who is wanted in Lithuania for the rape of a teenager in 2007. He has links to Hackney.
Director of operations for Crimestoppers, Roger Critchell said: “The purpose of Operation Sunfire is to track down and arrest murderers, violent robbers, drug traffickers and other criminals hiding in the UK.
“Crimestoppers is supporting this Metropolitan Police operation so that these individuals can be put before the extradition courts to face justice abroad and no longer be a threat to this country.
“Non-national fugitives hiding overseas in countries such as this are a threat to local communities as they most often remain involved in criminal activity and are a danger to those around them.
“We want these criminals off British soil and back to the countries where they have committed these heinous crimes so that justice may be served.”
Detective Sergeant Peter Rance, who is leading the operation, warned the public not to approach the fugitives.
Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. A full list is available by clicking the link below.