15/03/2016 Spotlight


15/03/2016

Hard-hitting investigations. After a spate of gangland killings in Dublin, Jennifer O'Leary investigates links between the Irish criminal underworld and dissident republicans.


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A murderous feud that has left Dublin on high alert. A war between

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two rival factions that has seen bloodshed on the streets of Dublin

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to the Costa del Sol. One thing you notice is the degree of how

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aggressive they are, and the violence, they just settled their

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scores with killing someone. On one side, drugs cartel run from Spain by

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an Irish family called the Kinahans, a cartel whose inner workings have

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remained a mystery until now. Tonight, Spotlight exclusively

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reveals police files that chart the astonishing wealth and global scope

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of the Kinahan drugs trafficking operation. This is incredible. This

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says that at one point the cartel decided to buy their own container

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ship. And for the first time at a meeting with me in Spain,

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representatives of the Kinahan gang is you a public statement about the

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ongoing gang war. I have just returned from a meeting with an

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intermediary on the half of the Kinahans. It is the first time they

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have spoken to anyone, albeit through a third party, since the

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recent shootings. Last month, this hotel in Dublin was

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the scene of one of the most audacious murder attempts in Irish

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criminal history. At a weighing in for a boxing match with families in

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attendance, six gunmen entered the building, four of them dressed as a

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guard of firearms unit. But they were not police, they were here to

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kill. GUNFIRE.

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What just happened? I don't know. The hotel where four gunman shot

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three men, killing one of them, remains sealed off today as the

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Garda investigation continued. This is Phil Sutcliffe, a boxing

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trainer here in Dublin's south city. His son was one of the boxes taking

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part in the weighing in. We know that there was some crackling, and

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people running, and my son went out of the door. Spotlight has

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exclusively obtained a sound recording which captures the shock

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of those trapped inside the hotel. The man you are about to hear hid

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behind the reception desk just as the shooting began.

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People are lying on their bellies, frightened. Tables were turned over,

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kids screaming. I just focused on my son and out of the door, and he

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happened to run straight into them. Iran's out after him to get him

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back, and Iranian to them as well. Between the door and the lobby, Phil

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came face-to-face with a gunman who pointed an AK-47 assault rifle

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straight at him. But the gunman was dressed as a police officer from the

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Garda's tactical support unit, complete with helmet and uniform. It

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was pointed at me through the glass of the door. I opened one of the

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doors, and he was there, like you are there now. What went through

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your head? I have seen Garda, and I put my hands up. I said, my son is

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out there, and I'm going out to get him. And they went in and I went

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out, and that is when I saw them diving on the ground.

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Lying dead in the lobby was David Burke, he was 34 and a well-known

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criminal from Dublin. Can you recall the composure of the shooters? Did

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they seem calm? Pretty calm. Were you surprised at that?

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Professionals, very calm. They knew what they were doing, so... Were

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they taking their time, going around? They were in and out and

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gone. In and out and gone. The gunman had left a trail of

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carnage in their wake. Three men injured, two seriously, and David

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burned dead. But the main target of the attack had escaped. This is

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Daniel Kinahan. To understand what really happened at the Regecy Hotel

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last month, and why it said shock waves through the criminal

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underworld in Ireland and right across Europe, you need to

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understand the histories of the two criminal factions involved. They are

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two families who now appear to be in a state of all-out war. The

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Kinahans, and the Hutches. Daniel Kinahan is widely reported to be the

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man who now runs a worldwide drugs cartel

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man who now runs a worldwide drugs on the Costa del Sol. The

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man who now runs a worldwide drugs organisation was originally set up

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by his father, Christopher Kinahan, or Christy

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by his father, Christopher Kinahan, for Spain in 2001, and established a

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global empire for Spain in 2001, and established a

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importation and distribution of drugs. It is an empire that

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importation and distribution of reported to be worth over 1 billion

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euros. Christy Kinahan senior has reported to be worth over 1 billion

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surpassed all levels of wealth and criminality that have previously

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emerged from this country. He is a man that is organising

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drug-trafficking shipments right across Europe. The Kinahan family

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associate in Ireland, and have a associate in Ireland, and have a

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list of loyal lieutenants who travel back and forth regularly between

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Dublin and Marbella. back and forth regularly between

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is a boxing fan, and is closely associated with the gym in my Beyer

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called MGM. -- in Marbella. associated with the gym in my Beyer

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travelled to see fighters from the associated with the gym in my Beyer

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gym due to boxer to fight in Dublin, and that is why he was at the

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weighing in. So, who was it that tried to kill him? The initial clues

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point to some level of involvement from dissident republicans. The

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first and biggest clue for the authorities comes from this

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photograph. It was taken just after the shooting, and it shows two men

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fleeing the scene carrying weapons. One of them had been dressed as a

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woman. The other way as a peaked cap. Neither is wearing a mask. For

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an operation that seems to have been carried out with ruthless

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professionalism, it seems to be a remarkable oversight. The Fota --

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photograph was taken by a journalist from the Sunday world newspaper.

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Nicola Tallant as an investigative journalist with the Sunday world

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newspaper. Initially the photographer himself thought that he

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had taken a photograph of a gunman running from the scene with a woman

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fleeing beside him. But on close inspection when we blew the picture

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up, you could clearly see that it wasn't a woman fleeing, it was

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another gunman dressed in drag, such a clear image, and I suppose it did

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take is a while to realise that this was the most significant piece of

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evidence that has ever been gathered at a gangland crime scene, and there

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are repercussions for that. Some of those repercussions have included

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death threats for the Sunday world journalists. Its significance was

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seen across the world, but here in Europe, journalists are being

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threatened by an organised crime gang, it is like something from

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Mexico. At the Sunday world had to pixelate the photos when the guard I

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threatened to injure the paper, saying that revealing the gunman's

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identities would hinder the investigation. Nevertheless,

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insecurity, legal and journalistic circles, the identity of the man in

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the peaked is widely known. My understanding is he is a man from

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the north of Ireland who has paramilitary history. He has been

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involved in a number of paramilitary groups and has been expelled from

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some of them. Clearly he is a hit man far higher. Spotlight uncovered

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this picture which, until recently, was on the web page of a fitness

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centre in County Tyrone. We have disguised as identity, but it

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appears to be the same man. He's a dissident republican who in the past

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has been charged with firearms offences with regard to attacks on

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drug dealers. Spotlight understands that he has now fled to England. The

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weapons used in the attack also indicated that the attackers had

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dissident republican connections. My understanding is that these are

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Kalashnikov assault rifles that were previously owned by the provisional

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IRA and fell into the hands of this group. Spotlight understands that

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the IRA investigated the hotel shooting and the weapons -- how the

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weapons, once part of their arsenal, were used in the attack. These

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weapons were loaned to the group and they have carried out the raid, the

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military assault, at the Regency. Days after the shooting, the BBC

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received a statement which claims the Dublin keening Philly, --

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claimed the Dublin killing Philly Continuity IRA, but the next day

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they issued a statement denying involvement in the shooting and

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playing it on criminals -- blaming it on criminals. I went to visit as

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Dalton from Republican Sinn Fein, political organisation widely

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considered to be the political wing of the Continuity IRA. What was your

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reaction when you heard the Continuity IRA had been involved in

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some capacity in the shooting? My immediate reaction was that this is

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bogus, it didn't have any credibility, and indeed that was the

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sense that I was getting from any of the media people who were in contact

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with me. But it does seem that there is some sort of split within the

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Continuity IRA? Yes, to my knowledge, and within Republican

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Sinn Fein there was a section, another pupil dismissed for

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connections with criminality back in 2010. Within Sinn Fein or the

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Continuity IRA? The Continuity IRA. So it appears there is some

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involvement from Rogner public elements, possibly a splinter group

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from the Continuity IRA. But the assumption by many people who know

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this story is that those dissident republican elements were acting on

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behalf of a well-known Dublin criminal. George hutch, also known

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as the Monk. Gerard Hutch is criminal career

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started here in North inner-city Dublin. Brian Sherry is a retired

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Garda detective who during his time as a young officer on Dublin 's

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northside came to known Gerard Hutch well. He was part of what was known

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locally Indian city of Dublin as Bugsy Malone. They were a small

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criminal gang that used to run riot, shoplifting and pickpocketing. But

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in the late 80s, he progressed to much more serious crime. Gerard

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Hutch did not deal in or take drugs, claiming that they were destroying

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his community. Because of his clean living, he became known as the Monk

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and that is how he got his nickname. His crime of choice was robbery and

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in the 1980s and his name was associated with two of the biggest

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cash robberies in the history of the Irish state. He was suspected of

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being behind the robbery of ?1.7 million from Securicor transit van

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in North Dublin in 1987. And then in 1995, he was the prime suspect for

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the Brinks Allied depot robbery in Closhaugh in North Dublin in which

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robbers escaped with ?3 million. I arrested Gerard at his home and

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brought him down to the station and we questioned him there for quite a

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number of days. There was no sufficient evidence with which to

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pursue a charge against him in the courts. But he was not the only

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suspect in the huge robberies. Garda intelligence suggested they had been

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carried out with help from members of the provisional IRA and that the

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proceeds had been split between his gang and Republicans. It is believed

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by the gardai that Gerard was involved in these robberies with

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people that were involved in the IRA at that tickle a time. Gerard Hutch

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was never convicted of either robbery but the allegations alone

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gained him notoriety. The Monk became a household name. In 2008, he

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even went on national television. He was asked once again if he carried

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out the two robberies but said he had become rich by getting money

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from an insurance claim and then investing it in property. One minute

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you are a guy who has no money who has grown up in poverty. You get a

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compensation claim and now you are a multimillionaire. And

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coincidentally, around the same time, two of the biggest armed

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robberies in the history of the state are carried out. And you are

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linked to both of them. Yeah. That is it. Do you really expect people

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to believe that? I don't believe what they -- care what they believe

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to be honest but what do I say? If everybody believes I did it, hands

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up I did not do it. That is all I can say. By the time of his TV

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interview in 2008, Gerard Hutch could be described as a celebrity

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criminal but it seemed that he was also a retired one. In 2000, Gerard

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Hutch played in the region of ?1 million to the criminal assets

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bureau in the Republic despite never having been convicted of the major

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robberies. He then appeared to focus on his property empires. Gerard

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Hutch may have thought he had finally found the quiet life but all

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of that was about to change in a big way. This is Gary Hutch, Gerard

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Hutch is their view. And the central reason for this gangland war. Like

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his notorious uncle, Gary Hutch started a life of crime as a

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teenager. In 2001, he was jailed for robbing a jeweller 's shop. After he

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got out of prison, he drifted into the drugs trade, an area of crime

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that his uncle had famously stayed away from. He amassed a string of

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convictions and gained a reputation as a ruthless and violent gangster.

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But above all, Gary Hutch was ambitious. And for an ambitious

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Irish gangster in the early to thousands, there was only one place

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to go and one gang to work for. Sometime in the middle of the last

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decade, Gary Hutch decided that he would go and work for the Kinahan

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family in Spain. He started off working as a bodyguard for Daniel

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Kinahan. He became a link between two powerful factions, the Hutches

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and the Kinahans but it would all go very, very wrong.

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Marbella, Spain. It is not just holiday-makers who find the Costa

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Del Sol congenial. This part of Spain earned the nickname Costa Del

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crime in the late 1970s after the collapse of an extradition treaty

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between the UK and Spain. The loophole was closed in 1985 but by

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then, dozens of reddish criminals on the run had moved here. Irish crime

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figures relocated here following the introduction of the criminal assets

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bureau. But moving wealth beyond the reach of the authorities is not the

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only attraction. The Costa Del Sol is a hub for the international

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narcotics trade. Morocco, which is visible across this stretch of sea,

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is the gateway for the North African cannabis market and the language

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here and the cultural links to the cocaine producing regions of South

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America makes seven Spain the ideal base for importing and distributing

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product. Local journalist Berta Gonzalez de

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Vega says that individuals who moved here are rarely asked about the

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source of their wealth. It is not a very close community. They don't

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care. You can start playing golf in a clubhouse and you have your group

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of friends but you do not really ask what do you do besides playing golf

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with me. Drug dealers, they want to live well, they do not want to live

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in a horrible place but they lead to beautiful lives here. They do not

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get asked about their business, they can have children horse jumping,

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playing golf, boxing. The Kinahan crime gang took up residence here

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almost 15 years ago. The operation was started by Christy Kinahan. Like

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his counterpart Gerry Hutch, Rusty Kinahan grew up in inner-city Dublin

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although he was from the south side of the city. He was convicted of

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drugs offences in the late 1990s and went to Mountjoy Prison in Dublin.

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He utilised his time in prison to actually better himself and wanted

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to learn and go online and do educational courses and became quite

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fluent in different languages. Few would have thought it then but

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Christy Kinahan was laying the foundations for an empire. Fluent in

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Spanish and Dutch, he was released from prison in 2001 and made his way

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to Spain. Then he made connections with Irish and UK criminals and

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started importing and distributing drugs. His business grew and grew.

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He was seen as the person to go to. He would set up the connections and

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the distribution and that was his forte. That is how he became so huge

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in that both business. Some believe Christy Kinahan has made hundreds of

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millions of pounds from the importation and distribution of

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heroin, cocaine and cannabis. That was always a matter of speculation

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until the Spanish led police operation uncovered the scale of the

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Kinahan cartel. In June 2008, the European police umbrella group

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Europe all held a meeting of police forces from all over Europe. They

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decided to investigate the Kinahans. The investigation would be codenamed

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Operation Shovel. It became a wide-ranging and forensic

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investigation but the Itzhak details have never been made public. Until

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now. During our visit to Spain, we managed to obtain a leaked copy of

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the Spanish police files on Operation Shovel. Spotlight has

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exclusively obtained details of the police investigation into

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Christopher Kinahan and what is described as the Kinahan

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organisation. The investigation centres on allegations of drug

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trafficking, gun trafficking and money-laundering and the details in

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this case are astounding. The investigation led by Spanish

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authorities also incorporated specialist police teams in Belgium,

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Ireland and the UK. The files reveal some fascinating details about how

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the cartel worked from the inside. In Spain, Christy Kinahan was living

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and outwardly modest life. He shunned the sprawling villas,

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nestled in the hills. Home instead was an apartment in this beach-side

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combat. A secure gated community for a man whose spotlight can reveal was

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fully aware that his business was of interest to the police. In 2009, the

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organised crime and drugs unit of the Spanish police sought and were

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granted judicial permission to wiretap the phones of a number of

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individuals associated with the Kinahan cartel. That included

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Christopher Kinahan, the director of the cartel. His elbows son Daniel

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and Gary Hutch. The wiretaps reveal the lengths the gang went to in

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order to keep it business private. They used phones that with advanced

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encryption. Each handset cost in the region of ?2000. Even these phones

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were frequency destroyed and Sim cards change greatly. The police

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files reveal that annual Kinahan live the life of high security and

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stream caution. Everywhere he went he was always accompanied by

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security guards. He was rarely photographed and never shared

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personal information online. The Spanish surveillance teams had their

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work cut out. Nevertheless they penetrated the cartel through a

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series of wiretaps and what they discovered was astonishing. The

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wiretaps revealed investments and business dealings stretching beyond

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Europe to South America, South Africa, as well as the Cayman

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Islands and Dubai. The police intelligence files show that

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convicted Dublin criminal Freddie Thompson pictured here at the

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funeral of the Hotel shooting victim was in charge of obtaining guns for

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other members of the cartel, including Gary Hutch. The following

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comes directly from the transcripts of those wiretaps.

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The Kinahan spared no expense in training their lieutenants. The

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wiretaps reveal how men are -- members of the Kinahan cartel

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including Gary Hutch received training in special weapons and

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tactics at a private military contractors facility in Austria.

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This was a global cartel, prepared to defend itself with extreme

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violence. And contained within these documents are incredible details

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about the scale of ambition the gang had and the financial resources

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available to it. Remember the cartel was shipping drugs around the world,

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using shipping companies to unwittingly smuggled their

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merchandise. So why not simply cut out the middleman and buy your own

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transport? This is incredible. This says that at one point the cartel

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decided to buy their own container ship.

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Another security weakness for drug traffickers is the inspections

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carried out at ports and marinas in Europe. The police files reveal how

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at one point, Christy Kinahan suggested that the gangs simply by

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their own marina. The wiretaps revealed the gang discussing how

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their container ship would be used to report what they refer to as

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sugar from South America. Here, Christy Kinahan talks to an

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associate about bringing Ian another commodity from Asia, what they refer

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to as rice. S it was an operation on a vast

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scale. For several years, it must've seemed

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like the perfect moneymaking criminal operation. Breathtaking in

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its scope and size. And fire time, the Kinahans' greatest achievement

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was to conduct business the kind of violence that would draw too much

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attention. But in 2008, all of that changed. That year, a gang member,

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Paddy Doyle, was suggested by the cartel of crossing them. The

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decision was taken to kill him. He was being driven around Marbella by

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his friend Gary Hutch when a gunman pulled up and shot it multiple

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times. Gary Hutch escaped unharmed but had witnesses to -- witnessed at

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close hand the consequences of betraying the cartel. What the

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Kinahans didn't know was that by now, officers from Operation Shovel

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were investigating their financial affairs and transactions. In 2009,

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Belgian police were alerted to the suspicious transfer of funds into a

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Belgian bank account. The money came from a Cyprus -based company linked

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to Christy Kinahan. He had purchased three properties in Belgium, one of

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them Spotlight understands was a small commercial building at the

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behest of his wife, who wish to open the shop. On the basis of these

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transactions, the Belgian police managed to convicted Christy Kinahan

:29:50.:29:54.

of money-laundering, but by now, he was back in Spain.

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The 25th of May 20 ten. The day the police decided to move against the

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Kinahans. Europol had deployed three Mobile offices in Spain, the UK and

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Ireland for the coordinated day of action against the cartel. Christy

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Kinahan was wearing his boxer shorts when handcuffed by Spanish police

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after they raided his Marbella apartment. At the end of that day,

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they had in all been some 47 searches, total of 38 arrests across

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Spain, the UK, Ireland and Bulgaria, 60 properties and 25 cars had been

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seized, and 180 bank accounts frozen. When you look through the

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files from Operation Shovel, the detail is astounding. There are

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lists of bank accounts, companies said to be fronts the laundering

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drug money, transcripts of wiretaps. It is all here. We've had these

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files were less than two weeks. The Spanish authorities have had them

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for six years. Six years in which there hasn't been a single

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prosecution for drug trafficking, six years in which there have been

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plenty of bodies on the streets of Dublin and Spain. In 2014, a Dublin

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man, linked to the Kinahan cartel, was shot dead. Gerard Kavanagh was

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sitting in that Irish bar. He was said to have just ordered a drink,

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and a gunman burst in. Eyewitnesses claimed that he tried to flee, but

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it was too late. Cracks were appearing in the

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organisation. Gangsters who had once been loyal were going out on their

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own, trying to set up their own operations. They were picked off one

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by one, and the public started to notice. Marbella lawyer Antonio

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Flores says that the Irish gang-related violence was causing

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alarm. One thing you notice is the degree of how aggressive they are,

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the violin. Traditionally, we have not had so many killings here in the

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past as we are having now. Now just seems to be that, whenever there is

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a dispute between gangs, then they just settle their scores with

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killing someone. Now it was Gary Hutch's turn. Once trusted henchmen

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of Daniel Kinahan's, he now fell under suspicion as a police

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informant. Overnight, he became a marked man, with a price on his

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head, Gary Hutch fled to Dublin. And it seems that he was saved by his

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name. Even the Kinahans would think twice about killing a Hutch.

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Instead, the two families negotiated. There was some sort of

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truth organise whereby there was compensation paid of 200,000 euros

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to the Kinahans to allow them to save face, and both sides walked

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away from this. But then Gary Hutch made the biggest miscalculation of

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his life. He decided to return to Spain, apparently to set up his own

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empire. He must have felt that his name made him untouchable. It

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didn't. In September last year, the Kinahan gang caught up with him.

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Gary Hutch had just returned home after a morning jog when he was

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confronted by a masked gunman. He tried to escape, and ended up

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running out here, only to be chased around the swimming pool by the

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gunman. He had survived two previous attempt on his life.

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But he didn't survive this one. And it didn't stop there. Gerry Hutch,

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the patriarch of the Hutch plan, was on holiday in Lanzarote when two

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gunman entered a bar to kill him minutes after he had left. The

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Kinahan cartel had just declared war. It is thought that last month's

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Regecy Hotel attack was direct revenge for Gary Hutch's gas, and in

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particular, attempts to kill his uncle, the Monk. But just days

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later, the Kinahans seemingly struck back. Gerard Hutch's brother, Eddie

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Hutch, an innocent man, was shot dead. Many believe Edward hutch was

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an easy target, murdered because of his surname. A gang of at least four

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men, locals say, shot him dead in the hallway of his apartment. I

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wanted to speak with Daniel Kinahan, the man now said to run the cartel.

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I'm on my way to MGM gym in Marbella. It is a location via

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Daniel Kinahan is said to spend a lot of time when he's in Spain.

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Are reporting a programme for the BBC, I was looking to speak to

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Daniel Kinahan he's here. Daniel Kinahan isn't here today. The

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receptionist on the desk claims he doesn't even speak English, and he

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claims as well not to know Daniel Kinahan. It's quite easy in there

:35:37.:35:41.

today, but clearly they don't want to speak to the press. I contacted

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various people who I knew to be associates of Daniel Kinahan. I was

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told he didn't want to talk. Then, on my last evening in Spain, I got a

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call. And intermediaries for the Kinahan family said he wanted to

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meet me in a bar in Marbella with no cameras. I went to meet him, and

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what appeared to be several other gang members.

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I've just returned from a meeting with an intermediary on the half of

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the Kinahans. It's the first time they have spoken to anyone, albeit

:36:20.:36:23.

through a third-party, the recent shootings. The source spoke

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exclusively to Spotlight, and said that negotiations are currently in

:36:30.:36:34.

process between the two rival factions. The source is especially

:36:35.:36:38.

close to Daniel Kinahan, and described him as being as strong as

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not. The source said that the whole situation is regrettable, and the

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regret manifests from the fact that the Monk decided that a family event

:36:50.:36:53.

was the right place to make his mark. The source also said that

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going forward, the Kinahans can guarantee balance and fairness in

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what already is a difficult situation. Clearly these remarks are

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ambiguous. They could be interpreted as conciliatory or in a more

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threatening way. Because Daniel Kinahan wouldn't meet with us, we

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were not in a position to question him further as we would have done in

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an interview. This is as much as the intermediary was prepared to say.

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The big question is, given the scale of Operation Shovel, and the

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existence of this information, that we now have an opposition while

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almost 80 years on, as no one had been charged. -- almost eight years

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on. Spotlight understands that in Spain, charges of drug and gun

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trafficking for the Kynaston is -- Kinahans are unlikely.

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Money-laundering remains the only offence they will be charged with.

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Basically, Spain's criminal system is only fit for chicken thieves,

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that was what the judge said. That summarises the criminal judicially.

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Why is it so ineffective and so inefficient in dealing with cases?

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The National Crime Agency told Spotlight that it does not routinely

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confirm or deny the existence of investigations. In the Republic, the

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Garda say that Operation Shovel investigation is ongoing. Michael

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O'Sullivan is head of the Garda drugs and organised crime bureau. In

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the last 12 months, millions of euros worth of drugs have been

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seized from the cartel. Given the extent of Operation Shovel, why has

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no one been charged? This is quite a long campaign against a number of

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cartels, and it is another move by the police and law enforcement

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agencies in respect of a criminal group, so it is impossible to say,

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one job, nobody was arrested, and therefore it is a failure. It's not

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over. It's never over. You like this week, the Gardy have raided numerous

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properties in what they say is an ongoing investigation into drugs

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gangs. It seems that the recent killings may have reignited the

:39:20.:39:23.

remains of Operation Shovel, and that once again, the Kinahan cartel

:39:24.:39:28.

is under pressure. What is clear now is that their organisation is more

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than just a gang. It's an empire, with roots and assets across the

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world. And one that may never be fully unravelled.

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After a spate of gangland killings in Dublin, Jennifer O'Leary investigates links between the criminal underworld and dissident republicans - and reveals Spanish police files that show the inner workings of an Irish drugs cartel.


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