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Wednesday 17 September 2014

'Fat' Freddie ready to fight extradition back to Ireland

KEN FOY, CRIME CORRESPONDENT

Published 07/05/2014 | 09:59

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‘Fat’ Freddie Thomspon was arrested in Holland after a police operation lasting weeks.
‘Fat’ Freddie Thomspon

Gang boss 'Fat' Freddie Thompson has indicated that he will fight his extradition back to Ireland where he is wanted on violent disorder charges.

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Thompson remained in police custody last night as new details about his dramatic arrest on Monday afternoon emerged.

The heavily disguised 33-year-old criminal was picked up by police on the street close to an apartment where he had been staying in the Overtoom area of Amsterdam, which houses one of Holland's biggest police stations.

Local media reported that he was arrested after an eagle-eyed police officer recognised him and demanded to see identification papers.

When Thompson produced a fake passport he was arrested on Monday afternoon and Dutch police quickly discovered there was a European Arrest Warrant for him from the Irish authorities.

It is understood that the apartment where he had been living is located very close to a major police station. A source told the Herald: "This just goes to show the brazenness and stupidity of Thompson."

Dutch authorities are now deciding whether to prosecute Thompson for having a false passport, but gardai expect they will, meaning his extradition process could be delayed for several of months.

Thompson is expected to remain in custody during that time, and has already indicated that he will fight the extradition bid by Irish authorities.

He was expected to be at the funeral of Jean Boylan in Dublin yesterday, but was in custody instead. Ms Boylan was the estranged wife of crime boss Christy Kinahan, who also did not attend the funeral.

In their absence, Thompson's older brother Ritchie went, along with many of Freddie's closest criminal associates.

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