A “second wave” of sanctions against other members of the Kinahan crime gang is being considered by international law enforcement agencies, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said.
The international aspect of the investigations into members of the Kinahan criminal group also means that they could be prosecuted not only in Ireland but also in Europe or the US,” he added.
The news follows the announcement of sanctions in the US and the United Arab Emirates against some members of the Kinahan family and their associates last month.
The US government also offered rewards of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrests of three high-ranking Kinahan family members or the financial disruption of the gang.
These are Daniel Kinahan, who was named in the Supreme Court as the controller and manager of the Kinahan gang, his father, Christopher Snr, a convicted drug dealer, and his brother, Christopher Jnr, who was traveling in Germany with a false ID.
They are among the seven members of the Kinahan gang, as well as three associated companies, targeted by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
Mr. Harris said the announcement of the international aspect of the quest to destroy the Kinahan crime gang is only the first phase of the overall operation.
“The aim is to bring these gang members and the leaders of these gangs to justice. Whether we do that here in Ireland or some other jurisdiction will bring them to court, we’ll have to see. But we have joined forces with so many international partners to give us every chance to launch a prosecution either here in Ireland or in Europe or even in the US,” he said.
“The focus is on gathering evidence to ensure we have the best chance of where the charges could be successfully brought. We are working very closely with US law enforcement on this, in fact daily contact with US law enforcement, federal law enforcement and also Europol.
“A lot of work has been done. A lot of knowledge and information was gathered. And now let’s use that to build the case. But that doesn’t mean we will report this to the DPP. It may be that another jurisdiction will initiate a prosecution and we will try to support that,” he added.
He said the lack of an extradition deal with the United Arab Emirates, to which senior Kinahan members have self-exiled, poses a problem for Ireland but not the same for other nations in terms of their processes of bringing people before them Dishes.
“Evidence is evidence and we are indeed involved in a multinational operation against this organized crime group. Ultimately, it’s about bringing people to justice for the crimes they’re accused of, and that’s what we’re focused on. We got off to a good start in terms of the sanctions and also the reward, but the second part of that is the result of criminal justice when people are brought to justice,” he added.
Commissioner Harris said that the pleas for information made at the time the sanctions and rewards were announced have resulted in further information being gathered which is being acted upon with a view to continuing the investigation.
“There is also ongoing deliberation regarding what might be termed a ‘second wave’ (of sanctions) so we are committed to that. But we have already seen the impact of the sanctions. We will carefully consider what we need to do in the second phase, leaving any options open in relation to other people or organizations,” he said.
Commissioner Harris spoke at the launch of the new Garda station at Dublin Airport, which was officially opened by Justice Secretary Helen McEntee today.
The first Garda Station at Dublin Airport opened in 1987 as a single room in Terminal 1 and was staffed by four Gardaí.
In 1998 the Garda Station was moved to the old North Terminal building and the strength increased to one Sergeant, ten Gardaí and two Detective Gardaí.
The new station provides a modern Garda Station for Dublin Airport with associated detention facilities on Lake Garda and includes accommodation for Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) staff working at Dublin Airport.
Dublin Airport Garda Station operates 24 hours a day and is now manned by one Inspector, four Sergeants, 34 Gardaí and a Detective Unit of one Detective Sergeant and eight Detective Gardaí.
The ceremony also commemorated three members of the Gardai who died in the last week.
They were Adrian Kelly, who served at Borris in Ossory, Co Laois; Frank Glynn, who served at Trim Co Meath; and Donal Gleeson, who served in the Special Detective Unit.
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