DUBAI, UAE - Dubai security officials have arrested a Danish man wanted by Interpol in a sting operation.
Amir Faten Mekky, described by Interpol as the leader of one of the most dangerous international crime rings involved in murder, drug trafficking and money laundering, is associated with one of the world's most notorious international criminals Radwan Al-Taghi, the head of the 'Angels of Death' gang, who was arrested in Dubai in December last year and handed over to the Netherlands.
Mekky, according to the WAM news agency, has eluded security forces across Europe and was at large until this week.
Intelligence gathered by Dubai State Security revealed that Amir Mekky entered the the UAE on 14 November 2018 using alternative travel documents.
Mekky was arrested following the efforts of a joint task force that included the Dubai Public Prosecution and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The task force, WAM reported, made sure the arrest was in compliance with the UAE legal process and in accordance with international legal standards.
Special forces from Dubai State Security raided Amir Mekky's place of residence early Wednesday morning and took him into custody.
He is currently being investigated and preparations, said WAM, are underway to hand him over to the relevant authorities.
The high-profile arrest sends a clear message that Dubai will not tolerate international criminal activities even if the crimes have not been committed in the UAE.