Wednesday 2nd November 2005, 14:52
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Berlin and Czech Republic
Wanted for Illegal Trading in Birds and Animals
I pass on the following appeal for assistance or information from the German bird protection organisation Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e.V.
(Committee against Bird Slaughter)
Dear collegues & friends,
The German police and my organisation are looking for any information regarding the abode or residence of Mr. Vicor Hubert FRANCK, a criminal German animal-smuggler who was condemned to three years in prison by a court in Frankfurt/Germany in January 2001. He was jailed especially because of illegal trade in rare parrots, primates, big cats, reptiles and birds of prey from all over the world.
FRANCK was the head of an international network of trappers, exporters, zoos and offered incredible numbers of extremely rare animals from South america, Africa, Asia and Russia (e.g. Gorillas, Orang-Utans, Komodo-Waran, Ara couloni, rare Kolibris and birds from Peru). A charity for the conservation af animals called "FUNDACEF" (Fundacion Cèsar Franck) was founded by FRANCK and was used as a camouflage-organisation to hide the illegal trade of its chairman, Mr.FRANCK who filled his own banc-account with hundreds of thousands of EURO from the illegal animal-deals. Branches of FUNDACEF were also founded in Peru, Brasil and Chile.
Shortly after the court´s decision he diappeared and is on the run now for more than 4 years. In the last months the Komitee received information from different sources that FRANCK has setup his residence outside Germany. Unfortunately no more details are available up to today. Because of the big international aspect of his animal deals he surely has contacts to all parts of the world and could be everywhere.
The fact that he travelled often to Brazil, Chile and Peru and that his wife is from Peru are indicators that he may have he escaped to South America, but that´s just a unsolid guess. FRANCK speaks good Spanish and Portuguese as well as English. He is about 170cm tall and his age is 69 years. You can find a picture from Mr.FRANCK on the german "wanted"-poster which is attached as a pdf-file to this email. For any information leading to the arrest of Mr.FRANCK my organisation put a reward of 3000 USD.
If you have any information about Mr.FRANCK or if you need any more details, material and footage on his illegal activities please do not hesitate to contact me. Even the smallest hint and also old traces can help. Please help us to bring this criminal animal-dealer into prison.
Thank you very much for your help and cooperation
Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e.V.
Aktionsgemeinschaft für Tier- und Artenschutz Bundesgeschäftsstelle Auf dem Dransdorfer Berg 98, 53121 Bonn, Germany
Tel.: +49 228 66 55 21
Fax : +49 228 66 52 80
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Last edited by David : Wednesday 2nd November 2005 at 14:55.