'Fat' Freddie arrested as Dutch police swoop on flat
HEAVILY armed Dutch police stormed a flat in Amsterdam and detained Irish gangland boss 'Fat' Freddie Thompson, who is wanted on an international arrest warrant.
Thompson (33) is being sought by the gardai in connection with a row in a pub in Dublin's south inner city after the funeral of his friend, Christopher Warren, in January last year.
He was heavily disguised and wearing a beard when he was arrested yesterday afternoon.
The police move was the culmination of an operation lasting several weeks.
Thompson was known to have been moving around Amsterdam but had been living recently in a run-down area of the city, where several other Irish criminals also reside.
He had been living there under an assumed name and keeping a low profile.
Dutch police learnt of his whereabouts some time ago but had to be certain that the suspect was Thompson before making their move.
As a result of fresh intelligence, they decided to detain him yesterday and a special team of armed officers surrounded the flat before arresting him.
Thompson, from Loreto Road in the Maryland area of Dublin's south inner city, had been previously extradited to Spain at the request of police there.
But he had returned home to attend the funeral of Warren, when he became involved in a pub row.
When he was detained yesterday, he was found in possession of false identity documents and a genuine passport, which had been "doctored" to match the ID.
Gardai are now expected to apply for his extradition back to Dublin to face charges related to the pub row and also to the possession of a false Irish passport.
During his previous Dublin High Court extradition case, the Spanish authorities claimed that Thompson was a member of an international criminal organisation, which through a complex network of companies had laundered the proceeds of illegal drugs and weapons trafficking.
The Spanish said his role was to procure weapons for the organisation and that he also acted as a chauffeur and a bodyguard.
Thompson stated in court that he had voluntarily signed a statement, confirmed that he agreed to his extradition to Spain, that he was aware of the consequences and that he had got legal representation and advice.
He told Mr Justice John Edwards that he was waiving his right to remain in custody here for 10 days and that he wanted to travel to Spain "straight away".
Thompson was regarded by gardai as the leader of one of the rival gangs involved in the deadly Crumlin-Drimnagh feud.
He was also known to be close to Ireland's biggest criminal, Christy Kinahan, who is now living in Spain.