Gardai prepare 'comprehensive' files on wanted mob boss Daniel Kinahan for DPP as thug out of options

Gardai prepare ‘comprehensive’ files on wanted mob boss Daniel Kinahan for DPP as thug out of options


FILES on wanted mob boss Daniel Kinahan will be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions by the Gardai, we can reveal.

Dossiers on other senior cartel members will also be handed to the DPP as the global operation to smash the gang gathers pace.

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Files on wanted mob boss Daniel Kinahan will be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions by the Gardai
Daniel Kinahan has been holed up in Dubai in recent years where he had established himself as a boxing promoter

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Daniel Kinahan has been holed up in Dubai in recent years where he had established himself as a boxing promoter
Suspected Kinahan gang member Liam Byrne leaves Little Caesar restaurant, Balfe Street, Dublin

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Suspected Kinahan gang member Liam Byrne leaves Little Caesar restaurant, Balfe Street, DublinCredit: Crispin Rodwell – The Sun Dublin

Kinahan — now a pariah in the world of boxing with a $5million bounty on his head — could be charged in Ireland with directing the activities of an organized crime gang, participating in an organized crime gang and money laundering.

But the drugs kingpin — described as the “controller and manager” of his father Christy’s narco-terrorist gang — could also face charges in other countries.

These include traveling under the name of ‘Seamus Walsh’ on a fake passport before the Regency Hotel attack in February 2016.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, from Organized and Serious Crime, confirmed files would be submitted to the DPP in an exclusive interview with The Irish Sun on Sunday.

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He said: “We will submit a comprehensive file to the DPP where there is potential for prosecution to be undertaken in Ireland.

“The investigation is progressing well and the files will relate to the apex of the Kinahan Organized Crime Group.

“We are satisfied we will be in a position to submit a file and there is also potential we could add to the body of evidence gathered to date.

“The announcements of recent days are just one phase of the project to dismantle the Kinahan Organized Crime Group.

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“Considerable activity is taking place to advance the criminal aspect of our investigations with a view to bringing charges.”

Last week, US officials slapped sanctions on Daniel, 44, his dad Christy ‘Dapper Don’, 66, and sibling Christopher, 40, at a press conference at Dublin’s City Hall.

They also placed a $5million bounty on their heads for any info that leads to their arrest.

Four other cartel members have also been hit with sanctions.

‘COMBINATION OF ACTIONS’

And we can also reveal investigators from the Garda National Drugs and Organized Crime Bureau — along with the US Treasury Department — hope to now ID other people and firms linked to the cartel.

Once identified, they will be added to the list of three companies that have been hit with economic sanctions by Joe Biden’s administration.

Asst Comm O’Driscoll — who joined the force in 1981 — told us: “A combination of the actions already taken brings us further along the road to the total dismantling of the Kinahan Organized Crime Group.

“Since the announcement at City Hall, additional information has been disclosed about other companies and this will now be taken into consideration and thoroughly analysed.

‘CRIMINAL GROUPING’

“We will also be meeting with our international law enforcement partners in the near future to discuss further action.

“Additional phases of the investigation will likely involve the sanctioning of other people and entities.

“The investigation that is underway by all of the agencies present at City Hall will seek to unravel all of the business interests associated with this criminal grouping.” Asst Comm O’Driscoll also paid tribute to his colleagues for all their efforts to smash the cartel.

The senior officer added: “The investigation team assembled at the Garda National Drugs and Organized Crime Bureau is the engine behind the investigation that has now reached this stage.”

ACCESS TO HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS IN DUBAI

The Gardai’s fight against the mob intensified in the aftermath of the Regency Hotel attack.

Since then, high-level meetings have taken place between the GNDOCB and their partners in the US, the UK and across Europe. Those central to the talks included Det Chief Supt Seamus Boland, Det Chief Supt Angela Willis and Det Chief Supt David Gallagher.

At present, investigators believe the cartel leadership has access to “hundreds of millions” in Dubai.

They believe their cash is invested in various companies, including property, flying and sports consultancy firms.

ADVISOR UNDER PRESSURE

But the move to freeze their assets in Dubai will now leave few legal avenues for Kinahan to fight the decision.

After the United Arab Emirates’ decision to strike against the mob this week, investigators suspect the gang could now leave the region.

Gangster Daniel’s advisor, Sean McGovern, 36, has also been put under pressure after he was hit with a European Arrest Warrant.

If he sets foot anywhere in Europe, he will be extradited to Ireland to be charged in connection with the murder of innocent grandad Noel ‘Duck Egg’ Kirwan, 66, in Dublin’s Clondalkin just a few days before Christmas in 2016.

‘STRUGGLED WITH LIFE IN DUBAI’

As part of our latest revelations on Ireland’s most dangerous gang, we can also reveal that McGovern’s partner, Anita Freeman, who was named as a respondent when the Criminal Assets Bureau seized the couple’s home, was back in Ireland earlier this year for her birthday.

But following the announcement that her partner was the subject of a European Arrest Warrant, she has removed her social media platforms.

One local in Crumlin told us: “She’s been away for a long time but she still misses home. She was back for her mam’s funeral and also for her own birthday but then she was away again.

“She struggled with life in Dubai but she will be under even more pressure now because of her partner’s situation.”

INCREASING PRESSURES

There have also been no sightings of Liam Byrne, considered to be one of the cartel’s main leaders, either in the UK or in Ireland since the historic announcement.

Byrne, 41, is also under increasing pressure after his brother-in-law Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh, 54, who ran the mob’s operations in the UK, was caged for 21 years.

Bomber was locked up for masterminding a €36m drugs smuggling op in the UK between 2016 and 2017.

We contacted Kinahan’s legal firm in the UK this week but they did not return our calls. We also tried to contact leading boxing figures, including Frank Warren, who once described Daniel as an “honorable man”, but he did not return our calls.

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Since the crackdown on the gang over the last six years, 79 of their members are now in prison — with 46 lives also saved by Gardai.

Another foot soldier will be sentenced next week for the role he played in the botched hit on Hutch associate James ‘Mago’ Gately in 2017.

Assistant Commissioner John O Driscoll

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Assistant Commissioner John O DriscollCredit: Garrett White – The Sun
Christy Kinahan

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Christy KinahanCredit: SOCIAL MEDIA
Suspected Kinahan gang member Sean McGovern

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Suspected Kinahan gang member Sean McGovernCredit: Crispin Rodwell – The Sun Dublin
US wanted poster for Christopher Kinahan

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US wanted poster for Christopher Kinahan



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