Interpol’s National Crime Bureau (NCB) in Pretoria has arrested on the run convicted Portuguese fraudster Joao Manuel de Oliveira Rendeiro.
The fraudster, who was on the run from Portuguese authorities, was arrested in Umhlanga Rocks north of Durban on Saturday morning.
Rendeiro ran away from Portugal after he was convicted in a multi-million dollar fraud case and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
However, Portuguese authorities caught wind of the fugitive’s hideout in South Africa.
Last month, on 24 November 2021, the head of the Judicial Police of Portugal, Luis Neves, brought the matter to the attention of South African National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole during a bilateral meeting at the 89th Interpol General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey.
General Sitole committed to tracking and tracing the fugitive who was thought to be hiding in South Africa.
“Members from the Interpol NCB in Pretoria, acting on an Interpol Red Notice, traced the fugitive to a location in Umhlanga Rocks, where he was arrested at 7 am,” said Brigadier Vish Naidoo.
“The fugitive will appear for the first time in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 13 December 2021, as part of his extradition process.”
The Portuguese authorities have been informed of the arrest and they have “welcomed the news of de Oliveira Rendeiro’s arrest” said Brigadier Naidoo.
He said the Portuguese have sent “words of gratitude and praise to the National Commissioner and the South Africa Police Service team for speedily arresting him”.
On Sunday Police said: “Rendeiro will be appearing in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, 13 December 2021 anytime between 9 am and 4 pm and not at the Durban Magistrate’s Court as initially pronounced.