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Daniel Kinahan has his assets frozen in Dubai as UAE announce crackdown on ‘illicit activity’

  • 15:03, 21 Apr 2022
  • Updated: 21:19, 21 Apr 2022

DANIEL Kinahan has had his bank accounts frozen after the United Arab Emirates announced it is co-operating to ‘combat illicit activity’.

The news is a massive blow to the mob chief, who has been holed up in Dubai in recent years where he had established himself as a boxing promoter.

Daniel Kinahan has been sanctioned by the US government and now the UAE
Daniel Kinahan has been sanctioned by the US government and now the UAE
US wanted posters for Daniel Kinahan
US wanted posters for Daniel KinahanCredit: Gardai
Daniel Kinahan has been based in Dubai
Daniel Kinahan has been based in DubaiCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Last week, the US Treasury Department announced it had placed a $5million bounty on his head, along with his father Christy  Snr – aka “the Dapper Don” – and brother Christy Jnr.

Today, the UAE announced it is continuing to investigate the Irish organised crime group in parallel with authorities in the US, UK, Ireland and Spain.

The Gulf state said in a statement:  “The relevant authorities co-operate closely on cases involving foreign elements, in line with the UAE’s international commitments and national legal framework for combating illicit activity.” 

The asset freeze includes all personal and corporate bank accounts, one person briefed on the matter in the UAE said. 

The announcement of the asset freeze on one of Europe’s most notorious crime syndicates comes after the US accused the Kinahans of smuggling narcotics into Europe and engaging in money laundering, frequently using Dubai as “a facilitation hub for its illicit activities”.  


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The US imposed sanctions on three companies linked to the clan, including a management consultancy controlled by Daniel Kinahan and a sports management company owned by one of his associates. 

Two of the companies — Hoopoe Sports and Ducashew General Trading — are based in Dubai, according to the Financial Times which reported the news. 

US officials indicated that Daniel Kinahan lives on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah.

The sanctions on Kinahan, who has previously denied being a crime boss, have rocked the sport of boxing, where he has been credited with advising fighters and setting up bouts. 

Boxing promotion outfit MTK Global yesterday announced it would cease all operation.

Kinahan co-founded the company under the name MGM Promotions with former pro-boxer Matthew Macklin, who has no connection with crime.

After the Regency shooting the company rebranded as MTK Global and claimed to have parted ways with Kinahan in 2017.

Speaking on his way into a Shared Island event today, Taoiseach Micheal Martin said: “In terms so the UAE sanctions, we welcome that.

“That’s part of a wider international effort to clamp down on organised crime particularly the Kinahan Crime Group.

“I think following on the heels of the decision from the United States I think it is very welcome news.

“Ultimately crime does not pay and I think what this illustrates is the power of countries working together on an international level.


“Crime is now international. We have to work through international networks on the sharing of information to make sure that those responsible for crime are brought to account.”

An MTK statement said: “As a business we have faced unprecedented levels of unfair scrutiny and criticism since the sanctioning by the US Government of Daniel Joseph Kinahan.

“It is a matter of public record that Mr Kinahan’s involvement in MTK ceased in 2017, and despite repeated reassurances in this regard, unfounded allegations about his ongoing association with us and our fighters persist.

“Since leading promoters have now informed us that they will be severing all ties with MTK and will no longer work with our fighters, we have taken the difficult decision to cease operations at the end of this month.

“MTK prospered because we always put the long term interests of our fighters at the heart of what we do.

“Our priority in the weeks ahead will be to ensure that our world class boxers are supported to find new partnerships as swiftly as possible.

“MTK gyms are operated independently so will remain open for the ; foreseeable future. Further announcements will be made in due course. Thank you to all the fans who have supported us over the last decade.”

Kinahan's assets were frozen
Kinahan’s assets were frozenCredit: Alamy
Mob boss Daniel Kinahan
Mob boss Daniel Kinahan

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