Karim Ouali is wanted for the alleged murder of Jean Meyer in 2011.
“It’s a danger for anyone who crosses,” Jacques Croly, head of the French team for the arrest and search of fugitives, told Sky News.
“People who can meet him should be fully aware of this. ”
Police say Ouali attacked Mr. Meyer with an ax, inflicting multiple injuries, at the traffic control tower of the airport where they both worked in Mulhouse, eastern France .
Ouali “suffered from depression, was paranoid – schizophrenic as well,” Croly said, and that a doctor had cleared Ouali to work at the airport due to his mental condition.
After the murder, police believe Ouali fled to Switzerland, changing his passport by changing the O of his last name to Q.
“He’s a really smart, really smart guy,” Mr. Croly told Sky News. “He sent us on a lot of false leads. ”
One of these included sending his cell phone in the mail to keep the police out of his tracks.
From Switzerland, he went to Macao and then to Hong Kong.
He was arrested, convicted and briefly jailed there in 2014 after local authorities discovered he had forged his passport and therefore entered the area illegally.
In 2016, he disappeared but in 2018, French police received an anonymous information indicating that he was in the city.
There is “no other evidence that he left Hong Kong.”
He had to surrender his passport to the Hong Kong authorities, so he is now undocumented, ”Croly told Sky News.
“He’s a guy who doesn’t belong to organized crime or organized groups, he has no money hidden, no money hidden somewhere. So he has to start a new life in Hong Kong – he has a new wife, a son, probably new friends. ”
Mr Croly said French and Hong Kong authorities had worked a lot together but Ouali was still at large.
After trying to work quietly on the case, they are now launching a public appeal for information.
“We have to get the public’s attention to get information about this guy.
“If anyone has any information on this guy, the only thing to do is report it to the police or go to the EU’s most searched website where we can receive anonymous information, at any time , at any time, on this guy. ”
“The crucial point is that the Hong Kong public… is fully aware of the dangerousness of this guy. We would be devastated if one day we heard that he was involved in another crime. We wouldn’t be able to forgive ourselves. ”
People can visit the EU’s most searched website at: https://eumostwanted.eu/