‘World’s most evil dark web paedo’ caught after boasting of sick abuse online

The world's most notorious dark web paedo has finally been caught after boasting about his sick abuse footage online.

Vile Alladin Lanim, from Malaysia, was jailed for 48 years and six months for his abuse of children, which he had distributed on the mysterious dark web.

He was also sentenced to 15 strokes of the cane for his 14-year reign of terror that saw him reportedly abuse dozens of victims between the ages of two and 16.

The 40-year-old was linked to more than 1,000 images and videos showing the sexual abuse of children since 2007 until his arrest in July this year.

He had been identified as one of the 10 worst child exploitation offenders in the world in a 2019 multi-national police report.

Detective Sergeant Daniel Burnicle, Australian Federal Police (AFP) acting senior officer in Kuala Lumpur, said: "He was so prolific with so many victims, that's why he became a high priority."

According to the Royal Malaysia Police, four children aged nine to 14 were "rescued" when Lanim, from Sarawak on the island of Borneo, was arrested.

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The paedo was brought down after he posted messages and chats in evil online child sexual exploitation communities claiming to have sexual abused children and recorded the crimes.

Victim identification specialists were crucial in exposing Lanim's online alias.

In August 2020, investigators located an image of the man on social media associated with his alias.

Australian Transactions Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) then confirmed his identity by finding the same image of Lanim connected to financial and other identifying information they had discovered on him.

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Investigators then helped Malaysian police track him to a Covid-19 quarantine facility on Borneo after he had returned from the Malysian mainland.

He was arrested as he left quarantine and then pleaded guilty to 18 charges in court in the Sarawak capital of Kuching.

Shocking Malaysian media reports said he had molested children in and around a house in the small town of Lundu, including showing them graphic pornographic material on his phone.

Analysis has identified 34 victims abused by him though it's believed the number is actually far higher.

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