A very Wealthy Monk, on the Run from the Cartel and the Gardai; Gerry may have to find a Quiet Monastery to Pray and Reflect? Thirty million on the run with him; is this US$, Euro, Sterling or maybe it is the speculative BITCOIN?

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Gerry “The Monk” Hutch flees Europe with €30m in cash and forged passports

Detectives believe he first headed for Romania, where organised crime gangs have close links with the Russian mob.

Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch

Gerry “The Monk” Hutch has fled Europe with €30million in cash and a clutch of forged passports, senior gardai told the Irish Mirror last night.

The 58-year-old crime lord is on the run from police across the EU and from Kinahan cartel hitmen.

Detectives believe he first went to ground in Romania when gardai secured a European Arrest Warrant for him.

They want to charge him with the murder of David Byrne, 33, the Kinahan gangster shot dead in the infamous Regency Hotel bloodbath in North Dublin in February 2016.

A senior source said: “We believe Hutch has left Europe to avoid extradition back here for the murder of Byrne.

“He may have been in Romania after he fled Lanzarote, less than 48 hours before the Spanish were to lift him.”

Detectives said Hutch, a master of disguise, has access to high-quality forged passports, at least one of which he would have used to get off Lanzarote after the arrest warrant was issued in Dublin nearly four weeks ago.

The scene of the shooting at the Regency Hotel (Image: Collins Photo Agency)

One Justice Department source said: “Gardai nearly had him – but he got tipped off. He has nine lives. It’s not the first time he nearly met his Waterloo on Lanzarote. A Kinahan hit team narrowly missed him there some years ago.

“The Spanish police were watching him closely on behalf of gardai. But while the paperwork was being processed, Hutch got wind of the imminent warrant and fled.”

Detectives believe he first headed for Romania, where organised crime gangs have close links with the Russian mob.

One source said: “Hutch could well have bribed his way around the place – he has access to plenty of cash. Plus lots of that country is really run by the Russians. And with them, money talks.”

Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch pictured in 1999
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The Monk has connections across Eastern Europe and detectives believe he is using his huge cash reserves to stay one step ahead of the law and of the Kinahan gunmen looking to kill him.

It’s believed he has now moved on again from continental Europe as the international police manhunt gains momentum.

The source added: “Hutch has a lot of money stashed away. He has access to between €20million and €30million.
You got could stay hidden forever with that kind of money at your fingertips.

“Anyone who thought he gave up his life of crime years ago is mistaken –anyone who thinks he had nothing to do with serious crime is wrong.

“He made lot of money from it and now has it at his disposal when the heat is on. He has very deep pockets. He has been involved in criminality for a long time. Gardai are looking for him and a task force will be set up to liaise with international police agencies to track him down.

Gerry Hutch

Every police force in Europe is now aware he is a wanted man in Ireland.

It took detectives five years to compile evidence against Hutch following the murder of Byrne.

The Director of Public Prosecutions believed there was enough to charge him and the European Arrest Warrant was issued.

Police agencies such as Interpol, Europol and every force from here to the Russian border were informed. Hutch’s photo, physical description, plus any identifying marks were also dispatched with copies of the warrant.

There is also an alert on the European Schengen information system stating he is a wanted man and his extradition to Ireland will be sought upon capture.

The source said: “This running across the world trying to keep one step ahead of the law is not Gerry’s style. But he feels he has no other choice.

“In his heart, he is a north inner city Dub, who was seen as a Robin Hood character by locals.

“Moving from place to place in foreign countries on a regular basis will not be easy on him. But Hutch is resilient and always has been.

“And if he doesn’t want to caught, then we’re going to have some job capturing him.”

The Garda evidence against Hutch includes a secretly-recorded conservation from a bug placed in a vehicle used by him shortly after Byrne’s murder.

David Byrne. Byrne was shot dead at boxing weigh in at the Regency Hotel in Dublin on February 5, 2016.

It allegedly taped Hutch and another man, who is in now in jail, on a trip to the North talking about the Regency attack.

Hutch has not been seen publicly in Dublin since February 2016, at the funeral of his brother Eddie Hutch, who was gunned down by the Kinahans in revenge for Byrne’s murder.

The Regency shooting was retaliation after the Kinahan mob shot dead the Monk’s nephew Gary in Spain in September 2015.

The main target at the Regency was cartel boss Daniel Kinahan but he escaped. Kinahan has been named in an Irish court as being in control of an international crime organisation.

In the bloodbath that ensued, a total of 18 men were shot dead in the bloodiest feud in Irish gangland history.

Hutch lost family members and friends and knew he was top of the Kinahan hit list – and vanished. More recent reports claim he has grown his hair long and sports a long beard and moustache.

But sources say he will have changed again. One added: “The Spanish had him under close surveillance for the gardai until a few weeks ago – he had the beard, long hair, moustache.

“He will have altered this look again, knowing we were so close to putting hands on him. But we’ll not give up.”

Before the warrant was issued, Hutch was lying low moving between Spain, Turkey and Holland.

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