Friday 26 December 2014

Gangland boss "Fat" Freddie Thompson arrested in the Netherlands

Tom Brady, Security Editor

Published 05/05/2014 | 20:05

'Fat' Freddie Thompson
'Fat' Freddie Thompson

Gangland boss "Fat" Freddie Thompson, who is wanted on an international arrest warrant, has been detained by police in the Netherlands.

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 had earlier been extradited to Spain at the request of police.

But he was given permission by the Spanish police to return home to attend the funeral.

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.

During his Dublin High Court extradition case in October 2011, 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 ten days and that he wanted to travel to Spain "straight away".

He is wanted in Spain on three charges of unlawful assembly, drugs offences and  possession of weapons and arms

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