Tuesday 27 September 2016

Man arrested in 'Kinahan-linked' apartment remains behind bars

Tim Healy

Published 23/04/2016 | 02:30

A man arrested in a Dublin apartment, believed by gardaí to be linked to the Kinahan crime gang, has lost a challenge to the legality of his detention following a refusal of bail. Stock photo: Getty
A man arrested in a Dublin apartment, believed by gardaí to be linked to the Kinahan crime gang, has lost a challenge to the legality of his detention following a refusal of bail. Stock photo: Getty

A man arrested in a Dublin apartment, believed by gardaí to be linked to the Kinahan crime gang, has lost a challenge to the legality of his detention following a refusal of bail.

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Mr Justice Seamus Noonan refused the challenge by Naoufal Fassih (35), a Dutch national originally from Morocco.

Hours earlier his fresh application for bail was refused by the District Court.

Mr Justice Noonan rejected arguments Mr Fassih was not given a fair hearing before being refused bail, for the first time, by the District Court on April 15.

There was no fundamental denial of justice and no fundamental flaw in this case, he ruled. Mr Fassih had suffered little or no prejudice as a result because he was always free to renew his bail application.

The judge added the orders being sought here were not appropriate ones to pursue via proceedings brought under Article 40 of the Constitution.

Mr Fassih was arrested on April 7, as part of a garda investigation into organised crime, at an apartment on Lower Baggot Street, where a number of valuable watches were also seized. He was brought before Dublin District Court the following day. He gave a different name on his arrest, the court was told.

He is charged with having two false instruments, a Belgian identity card and the Dutch passport; charges under the Immigration Act and possession of a small amount of cannabis.

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