Police have recruited the help of Interpol in their hunt for a convicted rapist who preyed on a drunk student after picking her up in his taxi.
Syria-born Sultan Amari, of Chester Road in Flint, has been on the run since September, when he fled the country for Turkey midway through his trial.
He was sentenced to 11 years in prison in his absence, after a jury found him guilty on two counts of raping his young female passenger just eight minutes after she got into his cab in Chester city centre in July 2015.
Although an arrest warrant was issued immediately, 46-year-old Amari has yet to be apprehended.
But Cheshire Constabulary has revealed that the bid to track him down is very much still active.
A spokesman for the force said: "A warrant has been issued for his arrest and we are linking in with agencies such as Interpol to make enquiries as well as making a number of enquiries in the background through our Force Intelligence Bureau to establish his whereabouts."
The Force Intelligence Bureau's primary function is to receive and access intelligence, and ensure that actionable intelligence is allocated to the most appropriate owner as soon as possible.
Amari sent an email to The Chronicle in which he protested his innocence and claimed that ‘all’ rape cases in which the defendant is from an ethnic minority result in guilty verdicts.