“Dapper Don” Christy Kinahan faces four years in prison after being charged in Spain

GANG boss Christy Kinahan Snr must return to the Costa del Sol for his passport fraud trial after being charged by Spanish prosecutors and warned he could face up to four years in prison if convicted.

The “Dapper Don” had been told he would not have to leave his exile in Dubai and appear in person in court in Malaga if prosecutors ended up asking for a prison sentence of less than two years.

The possibility of a court failure for Kinahan Snr emerged after it was confirmed plans to try the 65-year-old and his sons Daniel and Christopher for money laundering and membership of a criminal gang had been dropped – and only five the original 31 suspects arrested as part of Operation Shovel would be tried on lesser charges.

Charges were confirmed yesterday against all five men.

And instead of the two years that would spare Kinahan Snr a troublesome return to Europe, prosecutors have confirmed they are seeking double that prison sentence before his trial.

Her jail demand – two years for each of the two passport fraud charges against Kinahan Snr – is set out in a five-page written indictment submitted to the Estepona Court of Instruction Number Three, which spent more than a decade examining the matter investigating suspects arrested of Operation Shovel in May 2010.

Kinahan Snr, who was named leader of the Kinahan organized crime group along with his two sons by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control in April, is accused of using a false passport on a flight to Brazil.


US Ambassador Claire Cronin and former Garda Deputy Commissioner John O’Driscoll announced in April a $5 million reward for key information leading to the dismantling of the Kinahan crime gang. Photo: Frank McGrath

Prosecutors allege in their indictment that Kinahan Snr.

According to the indictment, “He also used the same false identity to reserve the ticket and obtain the boarding pass.”

The document, obtained by defense attorneys for all five suspects in court, also outlines the basis for the second fraud charge against Kinahan Snr.

Local police in Benahavis near Marbella are said to have “surprised” Robert Edward Phillips and James Gregory Naughton near a taped lunch box on June 15, 2010.

An Irish passport in the name of a man who died in Ireland on 23 March 2002 was found in the lunch box.

According to the indictment, “This passport had Christopher Kinahan Snr’s photo inserted after he allegedly provided his own photo for the production of this fake passport.”

In addition to a two-year prison sentence for each of the crimes he is charged with, prosecutors have told the Estepona court that they want Kinahan Snr to be fined a total of around 6,500 euros and to pay court costs if convicted.

Naughton and Phillips have also been told prosecutors are seeking a two-year prison sentence for them if convicted.

Jasvinder Singh Kamoo, who police investigators say he played a key role in money laundering in a report highlighted by the Spanish press in their first coverage of Operation Shovel after the arrests, is on trial for using fake number plates on a Mercedes has used.

Prosecutors confirmed in their indictment published yesterday that they are also seeking a two-year prison sentence.

A fifth man, Ross Gerard Browning, is on trial for illegal gun possession and prosecutors who have now charged him are asking for a sentence of two years and nine months in prison.

The indictment makes it clear that Christy Kinahan Snr has no criminal record in Spain.

Under Spanish law, prison sentences are usually only suspended for two years or less.

The ‘Dapper Don’ spent around six months in pre-trial detention following his capture in Operation Shovel, which would be accounted for but would not save him from a return to prison if he gets the full four years.

It is understood that no date has yet been set for the trial, which would take place in a Malaga court.

Well-placed insiders confirmed last night that he would risk becoming the subject of an international arrest warrant if he didn’t appear in court.

It is now expected that Kinahan Snr will try to intensify his lawyers’ efforts to reach an out-of-court settlement in which he agrees to plead guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence.

It wasn’t immediately clear yesterday whether he would have to appear in court should a plea deal be agreed, but the fact that four other men are on trial could complicate any possibility.

A forced return to Spain for the Irishman would likely result in attempts to extradite him to the States or Ireland.

US Ambassador to Ireland Claire Cronin announced there was a US$5 million reward for key information leading to the Kinahan gang’s dismantling in April after the US government found Kinahan Snr et sanctioned his two sons and four other men she had identified as key allies.

One of the seven, British-born Irish passport holder Johnny Morrissey, was arrested at a rented flat on the Costa del Sol in September on suspicion of money laundering and membership of a criminal gang.

He remains on remand in prison.

Devastating US sanctions announced in April are said to have scuppered Christy Kinahan Snr’s plans to start a new life with partner Nessy Yildirim in Zimbabwe.

According to recent reports, the godfather of the crime wanted to take control of one of the world’s most important cocaine shipping routes from a new base in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare.

Pressure has mounted on the Kinahans in recent months as they try to stay ahead of the law after fleeing the Costa del Sol to the United Arab Emirates a few years ago following Operation Shovel and a botched assassination attempt on Daniel were Kinahan.

Earlier this week, six suspects described as High-Value Targets, including a 32-year-old Briton, were arrested in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as part of an international operation against what police and Europol have described as “unprecedented” drugs “super-cartel”. arrested.

Operation Shovel’s aftermath has dragged on for years.

Alfredo Rubalcaba, Spain’s interior minister, when the Kinahans were being held in May 2010 as part of the high-profile Costa del Sol operation, then linked them to a series of murders when congratulating the police following the raids.

In the initial phase, the judicial investigation focused on allegations of drug and arms trafficking.

It emerged in 2014 that a judge investigating Christy Kinahan Sr. and a gang of alleged accomplices, including his two sons, decided to end their behind-closed-door investigations into these crimes and focus solely on other allegations, with they faced, including money laundering and membership of a criminal gang.

In September 2020 it was confirmed that the money laundering and criminal organization aspects of the criminal investigation had been mothballed – and only five of the original 31 detainees said they would now be tried for lesser crimes.

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