Sports Minister wants ‘toxic’ Kinahan group to be ‘alienated’ from boxing
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The ‘toxic’ Kinahan group needs to be ‘alienated and isolated’ from the boxing community, Sports Minister Jack Chambers has said.
US authorities are offering a total of $15million (€13.9million) for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the gang’s ringleaders Daniel Kinahan, his father Christy Kinahan Sr and his son Christy Kinahan Jr, it was announced this week.
In recent years, Daniel Kinahan, who is based in the United Arab Emirates, has become heavily involved in professional boxing and has been linked to several high-profile boxers – including world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury – through the management company he founded, MTK Global.© Provided by Extra.ie The ‘toxic’ Kinahan group needs to be ‘alienated and isolated’ from the boxing community, Sports Minister Jack Chambers has said. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie
Mr Chambers on Thursday welcomed the sanctions placed against the Kinahans, as he called on the family to be isolated from the boxing scene.
‘The Kinahan organisation are a toxic force and have brought huge destruction to many communities,’ he told Newstalk. ‘They should have nothing to do with sport in any element. They should be alienated or isolated in all facets of boxing. They should be completely removed from having any involvement in boxing in any way, shape or form.’
When asked if there was more the Government could do to cut the Kinahans’ ties to the Irish boxing scene, Mr Chambers said that those involved in professional boxing shouldn’t ‘be involved or have anything to do with that’.© Provided by Extra.ie Daniel Joseph Kinahan.
The Government Chief Whip said that the Government will continue to work with the Department of Justice and the Garda to ensure that the Kinahan group is isolated and that the ‘sanctions will hit hard’.
Ireland’s EU Commissioner Mairead McGuinness said on Thursday that the development in the Kinahan case is ‘hugely welcome’. Speaking at the Global Ireland event in Dublin Castle, she said the European Parliament is aiming to establish an authority to tackle money laundering by criminal gangs.
She said: ‘We need to tackle it not just for the money part, which is horrific that we have dirty money in the system, but the attack on communities, on people and families that is representative of the Kinahan gang and what they get up to.© Provided by Extra.ie Christopher Vincent Kinahan.
‘What’s very interesting now, including our discussion around sanctions broadly, there is a political push which I am supportive of from the European Parliament to go further.
‘We may well see that this authority has more responsibility around sanctions. Dirty money doesn’t respect borders, so a European and, indeed, a global response is necessary.’© Provided by Extra.ie Christopher Kinahan, Jr.
When asked if sanctions should be placed on the UAE if it fails to extradite Daniel Kinahan, Ms McGuinness said that the EU is focusing on sanctions against Russia. However, she maintained that there is ‘always a possibility’ that law enforcement bodies will work together and ‘take sanctions to a different level’.
Elsewhere on Thursday, MTK Global distanced itself from Daniel Kinahan, stating that it ‘parted ways’ with him in February 2015 ‘We will cooperate fully with all authorities and assist with any ongoing investigations,’ the company stated.