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Netflix World’s Most Wanted: The docuseries profiling the planet’s deadliest criminals

'Interpol’s looking for them, the CIA is looking for them, MI5 - they’re all looking for them'

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We all love a good true crime documentary from Netflix, but this time they have upped the ante by delivering us the shocking stories of the five most wanted criminals in the world.

This docuseries profiles the heinous crimes that these five fugitives are alleged to have committed – and how they have avoided capture despite massive rewards and global investigations.

“Interpol’s looking for them, the CIA is looking for them, MI5 – they’re all looking for them,” tells the trailer.

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From suspected terrorists to mafia and drug cartel bosses, these people are said to be among the most dangerous on the planet.

Samantha Lewthwaite aka the ‘White Widow’ in Netflix series World’s Most Wanted

As well as following their crimes, each episode will speak to people from the authorities that are actively trying to seek them out.

One of the five is a very familiar face in the UK – Samantha Lewthwaite, aka the White Widow. She may be the only woman on the list, but that does not mean her alleged crimes are any less horrifying.

This is the latest in a string of high profile true crime series on the platform – other top series include Unsolved Mysteries, Fear City, World’s Toughest Prisons and Immigration Nation.

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Here’s a rundown of the world’s most wanted criminals.

Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada Garcia

Ismael El Mayo Zambada Garcia – the head of the Sinaloa Cartel

The head of the Sinaloa Cartel, this is a man that you definitely would not want to run into on the street.

Even after son Vicente Zambada Niebla and top lieutenant El Chapo were arrested, this reputed Sinaloa Cartel chief, known as El Mayo, is suspected of ruling his region of Mexico.

To this day he is said to be one of the most notorious drug traffickers in Mexican history.

Félicien Kabuga

Felicien Kabuga

Accused of financing the Rwandan genocide of the 90s, Félicien Kabuga spent decades eluding authorities.

The genocide saw a mass slaughter of Tutsi, Twa, and moderate Hutu in Rwanda, April and July 1994, during the Rwandan Civil War.

Kabuga outwitted police and prosecutors for 26 years by using 28 aliases as well as his powerful connections across two continents.

But that changed on May 16 this year when the 85-year-old was finally captured in Asnières-sur-Seine, near Paris.

He remains the only one of the five criminals featured in the series who has been caught.

Samantha Lewthwaite

From left: Germaine Lindsay and Samantha Lewthwaite with their child

A Muslim convert born in northern Ireland, Samantha Lewthwaite became known after she publicly denounced the 7/7 London bombings committed by her husband Germaine Lindsay.

Nicknamed the White Widow, she later became the suspected of masterminding acts of terror and is believed to be responsible for causing the deaths of more than 400 people.

A fugitive from justice living in Kenya, she has been wanted on charges of possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony.

She also has alleged ties to the Somalia-based radical Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab.

Semion Mogilevich

Semion Mogilevich

Believed to be the ‘boss of all bosses’ in the Russian mob, Semion Mogilevich was run out of Hungary and back into Russia, where he remains powerful and free.

He is accused of heading up a vast criminal empire and is described by the FBI as ‘the most dangerous mobster in the world’.

The US’s domestic intelligence and security service believes Mogilevich is involved with a number of crimes including weapons trafficking, contract murders, extortion, drug trafficking and prostitution on an international scale.

Matteo Messina Denaro

Matteo Messina Denaro

A Sicilian Mafia boss who also goes by nickname Diabolik – after the Italian comic book character – Semion Mogilevich has been considered one of the heads of Cosa Nostra for years.

He is wanted following the arrests of other high profile names – Bernardo Provenzano on April 11, 2006, and Salvatore Lo Piccolo in November 2007.

Suspected of orchestrating the murders of two judges and a series of terror attacks in 1993, Matteo Messina Denaro remains on the run.

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