Leading Irish garda dies in the Seychelles
TRIBUTES have been paid to a leading Irish garda who has died in the Seychelles.
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 island nation.
He was appointed in early 2009 alongside former Defence Forces officer, Declan Barber, to lead a Seychelles version of Ireland’s Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).
That Seychelles organisation 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 targetting 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 as it cracked down on organised crime and, in particular, the problem of money-laundering.
Mr Hogan continued to live and work in the Seychelles.
His organisation worked closely with the Seychelles police force and also built up links with similar anti-organised crime agencies worldwide.
Mr Hogan was serving as the Deputy Director of the Seychelles CAB.
The Herald understands 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.
Members of his family were visiting Ireland at the time.
Mr Hogan was able to alert an Irish friend, a former member of the Defence Forces’ elite Rangers unit, and he helped rush the retired garda to hospital.
The 63 year old died a short time after being admitted despite desperate efforts by doctors to stabilise his condition.
It is suspected he died from a massive heart attack.
Mr Hogan had followed in his father’s footsteps in joining the Garda Siochana.
His father served as a superintendent based in Bandon in west Cork.
Mr Hogan also rose to the rank of superintendent, being appointed by then Justice Minister Michael McDowell.
He specialised in garda overseas policing operations and served with the United Nations on missions to Palestine.
Tributes were paid to him last night by the Seychelles Government, by former colleagues and by senior gardai who served alongside him in Dublin and overseas.
When he retired in 2009, Mr Hogan was based at Donnybrook Garda Station in Dublin.