Suspected drug barons released on bail from Spanish jails
Published 29/11/2010 | 05:00
AN Irishman and his sons suspected of heading one of Europe's largest drug empires have been released on bail after spending the past seven months in custody in Spain.
Christy Kinahan (53), and his sons Daniel and Christy Jr, were freed on bail on Friday after a Spanish judge accepted their bail applications.
Mr Kinahan Sr was released from the high-security Puerto III prison in southwest Spain on Friday while his namesake was released from a prison in Seville.
Daniel Kinahan was released on bail from the Albolote prison near Granada.
Passports belonging to the three men have been seized by Spanish authorities as part of their bail conditions, a source told the Irish Independent last night.
The three were arrested in Malaga last May as part of a global investigation into Mr Kinahan's alleged drug trafficking and money laundering racket.
Under Spanish law, they could be held in custody for up to four years without charge.
They were arrested after officers from the Garda National Drugs Unit and the Criminal Assets Bureau conducted a series of raids on more than 50 premises in Ashbourne, Co Meath, and central and west Dublin, where they seized bank accounts, financial data and company records.
Simultaneous arrests were also made in London and Estepona, Marbella and Fuengirola, Spain, by more than 750 police officers.