International fugitive Morgan Schreurs arrested in Croatia after spending time living and working in Ireland
A Dutch national on the run from the authorities has been arrested in Croatia after spending many years hiding and working in Ireland.
Morgan Schreurs, 39, was being sought by Belgian police for the murder of a Belgian national in Brussels in November, 1999.
His arrest was as a result of an Interpol operation (Operation Infra Red) assisted by Irish Media beginning on June 19.
In 2002, gardaí in Pearse Street and Store Street carried out extensive enquiries around the area to identify Schreurs, who was believed to be working as a barman and part-time as a DJ using the stage name DJ Morgandroid, which he had also used in Munich.
As a result of him being highlighted in media, a number of members of the public came forward to confirm that the suspect resided in Ireland for a number of years before moving residence to Croatia.
Schreurs has evaded capture for 13 years and Ireland’s input into this operation resulted in his arrest.
Commenting on Schreur’s arrest, the Head of INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) Unit, Stefano Carvelli said “This is a perfect demonstration of what can be achieved through cooperation between the public and police and I would like to congratulate all those involved, Belgium for including him in the operation, the person who provided the tip-off and the officers in Ireland and Croatia who made sure this information was acted upon rapidly.
“This case also serves as a warning to other fugitives that no matter how long it takes, INTERPOL and its member countries will continue our efforts in finding them and bringing them to justice.”
Operation INFRA-RED 2012 officially began on May 14 and will run until July 20, 2012. Over 500 high-profile criminals from 57 countries across the globe have been targeted by participating countries.
An Garda Síochána has played a significant role in this operation to date with twenty targets included on this list.