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Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch appears before Spanish court in Madrid over Regency Hotel gun attack charges
- 8:00, 15 Aug 2021
GERRY Hutch appeared before a Spanish court yesterday on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.
The veteran criminal, known as the Monk, was brought before a judge in Madrid following his arrest in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol on Thursday night.
He faces charges in relation to a gun attack at the Regency Hotel in Dublin in February, 2016 during a boxing weigh-in.
Kinahan cartel member David Byrne was assassinated during the elaborate assault on the event.
The brief hearing yesterday was a closed court session and lasted a matter of minutes.
The 58-year-old was informed of his legal rights and of the nature of the warrant, which was issued by an Irish court following an application by the gardai.
Hutch was also offered a solicitor and was then remanded in custody.
On his next appearance, he must tell the court if he is going to contest the extradition.
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If he decides to fight the case, the process could rumble on for another six months.
If he doesn’t, he could be on a flight back to Dublin to appear before an Irish judge in the next three or four weeks.
But sources say he’s not expected to return to Ireland without putting up a fight.
An insider told the Irish Sun: “If he doesn’t contest the extradition he’ll be brought straight back to Ireland and will appear before the Special Criminal Court, where he’ll stand trial.”
They continued: “He has to make his mind up in the coming days or weeks what he’s going to do.
“It’s been a lengthy operation but he’s now in custody and what happens next will be largely down to him.”
It’s understood he was about to order a meal when officers from La Guardia Civil swooped on the suspected crime boss.
Investigators say he was detained as part of a what’s known in Spain as a “secret procedure”.
They’re expected to release more details about his arrest in the coming days and might be making public pictures or a video of the moment Hutch was nabbed.
A spokesman for La Guardia Civil yesterday told the Irish Sun: “At the moment, we do not have images or information because the arrest of this person is part of police operation that is still being developed and there is a secret procedure.
“We look forward to reporting on Monday.”
Spanish police had been watching the Monk’s home in Fuengirola for a number of weeks but he had failed to show.
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He was then spotted in the area and once the officers were able to confirm his identity they swooped and told him he was being arrested because he was wanted in Ireland.
He was then put in shackles and brought to Malaga, where he was placed in a prison cell.
The Monk was then transported to Madrid for yesterday’s court appearance. It’s not clear yet when he’ll appear in court in next.