Christy Kinahan the Irish crime ‘godfather’ is charged with passport fraud in Spain after a long-running Spanish court probe sparked by arrests across three countries.
The convicted drug dealer has been told he won’t be tried for money laundering or membership of a criminal gang. Prosecutors have dropped cases against numerous suspects including his sons after failing to build a case against them.
Daniel, the eldest son, has been named in the High Court as a senior figure in the international drugs and arms smuggling cartel. He was at the centre of worldwide controversy earlier this year when he was identified as the advisor who masterminded boxer Tyson Fury’s lucrative fight deal with Anthony Joshua.
The notorious brothers have had the threat of lengthy prison sentences hanging over them for the past decade. This was after they were arrested by armed police at their Costa del Sol villas as part of an operation against organised crime.
Alfredo Rubalcaba, Spain’s Home Secretary when they were held in 2010, linked the alleged gang ringleaders to a string of murders after the raids.
In its early stages the investigation focused on allegations of drugs and weapons trafficking.
It emerged in 2014 a judge probing Christy and a gang of suspected accomplices including his two sons had decided to drop her behind-closed-doors investigation into those crimes and focus solely on other allegations they were facing including money laundering and membership of a criminal gang.
Christy Kihanan and two other men, Robert Edward Phillips and James Gregory Naughton, have been charged with passport fraud. Jasvinder Singh Kamoo, said to have played a key money laundering role by police investigators in a report highlighted by the Spanish press in their initial coverage of the case after the arrests, has been charged with using fake number plates on a Mercedes. A fifth man, convicted armed robber, Ross Browning (36), has been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.
Kinahan faces three years in jail
Christy Kinahan who now resides in Dubai, could be imprisoned for three years and fined if convicted. The minimum prison sentence under Spanish law is six months. It is not known whether his defence lawyers will seek a plea bargain deal, as state prosecutors have yet to submit the indictment the investigating judge has now asked them to formulate.
One well-placed legal source said: “It’s rare for Spanish courts to hand out jail sentences of more than a year for passport fraud where a plea bargain deal resulting in a fine and possibly a suspended prison sentence for offenders is not reached ahead of trial.”
The Kinahan cartel have long been involved in a feud with the Hutch gang which has claimed up to 18 lives. In recent years many of the cartel’s senior figures have fled to the Middle East. Many of the gangs foot-soldiers and so-called ‘on-the-ground’ managers have been handed down jail terms in relation to organised crime.
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