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Sixteen of the world's most wanted killers, sex predators, and fraudsters are hiding out in Australia, according to the police.|
International law enforcement agencies believe they are 120 internationally sought after criminals, and these 16 have entered Australia and may still be here.
Countries with arrest warrants out range from Armenia to the US, China, Indonesia, New Zealand and Canada.
Despite its isolation and tight border controls, Australia rates high on the list of countries believed to have attracted international fugitives, who have either already visited or may be in the country.
Of the wanted criminals on the international list, the US had 60 believed to be within its borders, Canada about 20, the UK 20, and Australia close behind.
"I think that's because the country's sort of isolated geographically; I think that people think they may be able to hide here without being noticed," said Crime Stoppers Australia corporate affairs director Peter Price.
"These guys are hardened criminals and they may have come in under false passports or false pretences," he added.
Topping the list is former South African lawyer George Prinsloo, 39, whose deceptively bland and urbane looks mask his sexual predator's nature.
Also suspected of being in Australia is senior Canadian Hells Angel bikie David Macdonald Carrol, 57, wanted for questioning over the deaths of 13 people as well as for attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and gang and drugs offences, between 1995 and 2001.
Also wanted are seven alleged Indonesian money launderers including Adelin Lis, 51.
The Australian wanted-list includes Russian-speaking Armenian Arakel Sargsyan, sought for crimes involving weapons or explosives.