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Sunday 21 September 2014

Garda who helped set up Seychelles' CAB dies

Published 12/08/2014 | 02:30

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Retired Superintendent Liam Hogan helped set up a version of CAB in the Seychelles
Retired Superintendent Liam Hogan helped set up a version of CAB in the Seychelles

A crime-busting Irish garda who was responsible for setting up the Seychelles version of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) has died.

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Retired Superintendent Liam Hogan (63) died from a suspected heart attack in the Indian Ocean nation where he had been working over recent years.

Mr Hogan, who was brought up in Bandon in west Cork, was hand-picked by Seychelles President James Michel to help lead a crackdown against organised crime in the 155-island country.

He was appointed in early 2009 - alongside former Irish Army officer Declan Barber - to lead a Seychelles version of Ireland's CAB. That Seychelles organisation - the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) - was recommended and designed by former Cork solicitor Barry Galvin, who headed up Ireland's own CAB.

This was created in the wake of the murder of investigative journalist Veronica Guerin.

Ireland's CAB was so successful in its targeting of the proceeds of crime that it was adopted as the model for many similar agencies worldwide.

Mr Hogan and Mr Barber led the fledgling agency in the Seychelles and it was hugely successful in its fight against organised crime and, in particular, the problem of money-laundering.

Mr Hogan continued to live and work in the Seychelles, where he was FIU deputy director. It is understood that Mr Hogan was taken ill in his villa on the outskirts of Victoria, the capital, which is located on Mahe island, early yesterday morning.

Mr Hogan was able to alert an Irish friend, a former member of the Irish Army's elite Rangers unit, who helped rush him to hospital.

The 63-year-old died a short time after being admitted, despite desperate efforts by doctors to stabilise his condition.

Irish Independent

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