GARDA SHEIK UP
Kinahan cartel dealt major blow as Gardai send officer to the Middle East to keep tabs on their activities
- 10:38, 6 Jul 2022
- Updated: 12:39, 6 Jul 2022
AUTHORITIES in the UAE took two years before agreeing to the appointment of a senior Garda liaison officer in the region, we can reveal.
And following the high level talks between the Department of Foreign Affairs and the UAE, gardai will now have one of their officers in the Middle East.
And Singapore was initially earmarked as a possible location because of its use by organised crime gangs to launder cash.
But the plan later switched to Abu Dhabi due to the presence of the Kinahan cartel in the Middle East and other major narco terrorist gangs based in the region.
His dad, Christy ‘Dapper Don’ Kinahan, is also believed to be resident in the Middle Eastern City.
- The ‘liaison and protection’ position – which comes under the remit of the Garda National Crime Security and Intelligence Service will now be advertised within the Garda organisation.
- Another Garda Liaison will be based in Bangkok, Thailand, with responsibility for the South-East Asia/Australasia region.
The liaison officers also have full diplomatic status and are attached to the Irish embassies in the countries.
The expansion to the Garda Liason Office Network will also include the assignment of an assistant liaison officer to Washington who will support the operation of the current Garda Liaison Officer (GLO) post in the North American Region.
Two Garda members will also go on a temporary assignment to assist the French National Police and Gendarmerie during July and August 2022.
The latest development comes after the UAE announced in April it was freezing assets linked to Daniel Kinahan and his mob in the region.
Kinahan and senior members of the gang remain in Dubai as the global crackdown on the crime gang continues.
One investigator told us: “This appointment will make the Garda outreach much better.
“Criminal organisations around the world will have the Kinahan’s to thank for the increase in global cooperation.
“The Kinahan organisation embarked on a murder spree that wasn’t going to be tolerated by the State.
“Their actions and the groups they were connected to made law enforcement agencies around the world take notice of the threat they posed.
“The aim now of the Garda organisation and their international partners is to see the total destruction of this criminal grouping.”
The investigator added: “We are engaging with our international partners every single day and every week.
“This is a very positive development that will only enhance the capability of the Garda organisation.
“The liaison officers will work with all of the Garda bureaus who are tasked with investigating serious and organised crime.”
Justice Minister Helen McEntee said the move was necessary to combat transnational organised crime and terrorism.
She said: “We have seen the importance of international law enforcement coalitions in recent months as, through collaboration and cooperation with their partners, An Garda Síochána have enjoyed success in pursuing Irish criminals abroad, such as the Kinahan Organised Crime Group.
“Some criminals may think that they can evade justice by leaving Ireland but these law enforcement coalitions demonstrate that they cannot.
“And given the increasingly transnational nature of organised crime and terrorism, the Garda Liaison Officer Network plays an important role in realising An Garda Síochána’s commitment to tackle these twin issues.
“They engage with local and regional law enforcement agencies regarding the activities and movement of Irish nationals or people linked to Ireland who An Garda Síochána, and potentially their colleague police services, have an interest in.
“The new GLOs will be crucial in assisting An Garda Síochána in pursuing criminals who spread misery here in Ireland, as well as abroad.”
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