How different countries go about finding their “most wanted” tells a lot about the respective country.
The US invades the country where the culprit is located, sometimes invading another country in the process. It locks up hundreds of people, regardless of whether they actually have anything to do with the person they are after. It reads all your e-mails and spies on every country in the world. Thousands of people are killed in the process, which takes at least a decade and costs a trillion dollars. During that time, US citizens are advised not to travel anywhere. In the end, Osama bin Laden is found, possibly after giving himself up, and killed in a daring and admirable raid.
Oddly enough, after this success, the US continues to keep the hundreds in Guantanamo locked up and it continues to read your e-mails. With no end in sight.
Belgian police arrested two Somali pirates which it sought for masterminding the hijacking of a Belgian ship in 2009. How did they get them? The Belgian officers posed as a film crew and over several months gained the trust of the pirates, until they lured the pirates to Brussels, where the contract for the documentary film was allegedly to be signed.
Smart and creative, and even though the planned documentary on the pirates may have fallen through, this story is worthy of a film itself. A bit like Argo.
It pretends that it doesn’t know where they are. If pressure to arrest them mounts, the suspects always receive a tip off in due time and manage to escape to South America or to an Arab country. Then Germany will again pretend for several decades that they don’t know where the fugitives are, until they die of old age. Curiously, German intelligence files will then often reveal that the German government knew exactly where these mass murderers were.