The Monk Hutch, had it all, Pubs, Shares in Hotels, Taxis, and the rest; he is now in Chains, a Common Alleged Criminal. Irish Special Criminal Courts Await his Arrival. The prosecution will be well briefed; who will represent The Monk Hutch?

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Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch brought to a police station in iron chains after his dramatic arrest by Spanish police

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15th August 2021

Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch was brought to a police station in iron chains after his dramatic arrest by Spanish police.

Ireland’s most wanted man was placed in shackles after a crack Guardia Civil unit pounced on the fugitive Hutch gang godfather in Fuengirola.

The arrest was made just a short drive from where his nephew Gary Hutch was shot dead – the murder which kicked off the bloody Kinahan-Hutch feud and led to The Monk going on the run.

It is also understood that efforts are being made to bring the 58-year old career criminal to Madrid where he will soon face an extradition hearing.

He could be handed over to gardai in less than a week if he does not fight his extradition – but he is unlikely to volunteer to return to face a murder charge in the Special Criminal Court.

It has emerged that undercover Spanish police had been waiting outside the Monk’s home in the centre of the holiday resort for days before they moved to arrest him.

Acting on information from Europol the undercover officers worked in 24-hour shifts to make sure he did not escape.

The Monk had been using many disguises while on the run but when a man eventually emerged fitting his description an operation was mounted to make an arrest.

He was followed by plainclothes detectives who surrounded him to make sure he didn’t make a run for it or put up a struggle.

After identifying themselves as police agents they read him his rights and explained he was being detained on foot of a European Arrest Warrant because he was wanted in Ireland.

The El Confidencial newspaper reported that he was then shackled and placed in a police vehicle and brought 30 kilometres to the Civil Guard Command headquarters in Malaga.

The crime boss lived up to his elusive reputation as his departure from his Costa del Sol bolthole seems to have gone under the radar every bit as much as his arrival.

Our man in Spain visited the popular Calle Moncayo just off the seafront in central Fuengirola in a bid to find the restaurant where he ordered a meal before his arrest.

One after another, heads were shaken when asked about Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch.

The manager of the Emerald Irish Bar had no idea one of the most wanted men in Europe had been lifted just two days earlier from the immediate area.

Walking further south along the extensive beachline strip, there were more blank stares when the name was mentioned.

We even approached two local policemen who expressed only vague knowledge of the incident and said they had no idea where it took place.

Gardai believe Gerry Hutch was involved in the audacious attack on the Regency Hotel, which resulted in the murder of Kinahan cartel associate David Byrne.

The suspect was last night being held under the jurisdiction of Spain’s Audiencia Nacional court which is based in Madrid.

Because The Monk is such a high-profile prisoner it is likely he will be held in a high-security unit in the Spanish capital before appearing in court.

It is understood that Hutch had been living in the Fuengirola area for some time and gardai and Spanish police were aware of his presence there.

It appears he may have suspected he was under surveillance as he left the locality for a time.

But he returned recently and was again monitored by Spanish police before being arrested on Thursday.

If successfully extradited to Ireland, Gerry Hutch will be tried at the Special Criminal Court for his suspected involvement in the attack on the Regency Hotel in Dublin.

It is understood that the prosecution will put forward technical evidence gathered by gardai and will include phone records and CCTV images.

The State will attempt to link Gerry Hutch to planning and supporting the shooting attack on the boxing tournament weigh-in where it is understood that Daniel Kinahan was the main target.

Having left Ireland over five years ago as the murderous feud intensified, gardai believe that Gerry Hutch was mostly based in Spain but may also have travelled to other countries.

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