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Friday 24 February 2017

Gangster suspect Freddie is bailed in Spain

Gerard Couzens

SUSPECTED gangland boss 'Fat' Freddie Thompson is enjoying the Spanish sunshine after being freed on bail following a brief court appearance.

Mr Thompson (30) was allowed to leave a Costa del Sol court a free man yesterday after more than a fortnight in jail in Ireland and Spain.

He was told he was suspected of offences including drugs trafficking, money laundering and unlawful assembly, at the private court hearing in Estepona near Marbella.

But he was spared more prison time after agreeing to bail conditions including the surrender of his passport and a ban on leaving Spain.

Accomplices

He has also been ordered to sign on at the court twice a month -- a requirement likely to bring him into contact with alleged accomplices John Cunningham and Christy Kinahan's sons Daniel and Christopher.

Suspected gang boss Christy is in jail in Belgium after being extradited there in August.

Mr Thompson's bail address has not been made public. A court source confirmed yesterday: "Frederick Thompson has been released on bail.

"He has been informed he is under investigation for crimes including money laundering, unlawful assembly and drugs trafficking.

Court

"The three conditions of his bail are that he cannot leave Spain, hands in his passport to the authorities and signs on at court twice a month on days fixed by the court."

Mr Thompson consented to extradition after being arrested in Dublin on a European arrest warrant on October 14.

He spent 13 days in Cloverhill Prison before being flown to Spain last Friday. He is thought to have spent the weekend in prisons in Madrid and Alhaurin de la Torre near Malaga.

He is said to be facing nine years in prison in Spain if convicted.

Under Spanish law, he has not been officially charged with any crimes.

Irish Independent

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