Gardai vow to smash Kinahan cartel with the help of other police forces
Gardai on Monday vowed to smash the Kinahan cartel with the help of other police forces.
Assistant Commissioner John OâDriscoll revealed they have so far saved almost 50 lives in the feud, the latest only last weekend when a hit team tried to kill Patsy Hutch.
He said: âIn many of those cases we have had to engage with many people whose lives were threatened.
âThankfully, in many cases, they listened to us and took our advice and they are alive through behaving in that matter and assisting us to prevent their death.
âWe have seven people charged and before the courts in which they are alleged to have conspired
The head of the forceâs organised crime investigations was flanked by Irelandâs most senior detective at the press briefing in Dublin yesterday.
Also present was Ian Cruxton, deputy director of the UKâs National Crime Agency, which is working with gardai.
Gangsters Daniel and Christy Kinahan are believed to be in Dubai while Gerry âThe Monkâ Hutch is possibly in Turkey, the Benelux countries or the US.
Mr OâDriscoll said investigators have sought assistance from police across the world including Spanish, Dutch and British forces.
He added: âWe engage on a wide level with authorities in other jurisdictions, some that are clearly obvious, like the US, but others which we canât mention due to sensitivities of the information we received.
âWe have preferred charges against a certain number of people â" in many cases the investigations are ongoing.
âThere is potential where people are outside this jurisdict ion, where charges such as those relating to conspiracy to murder may be laid to people not in this jurisdiction.
âAll of that evidence will be gathered, we will get help from other law enforcement authorities in other jurisdictions and we will ensure we use all the relevant international instruments either here or in other jurisdictions.
âAs I said at the outset, the level of information is significant and relates to other jurisdictions. We are sharing this with agencies such as the NCA, jointly with agencies in other jurisdictions.
âWhen we show there is a link there is assistance sought and invariably received from the relevant law
Mr OâDriscoll also said An Garda Siochana would continue to ârisk assessâ the practice of using unarmed officers on protection posts.Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play nowSource: Google News