Wednesday 18 January 2017

'Ireland? It's a great country for a criminal'

Our lenient justice system continues to attract hordes of foreign criminals who rob and scam people and businesses of millions each year, writes Jim Cusack

Published 12/05/2013 | 05:00

Gintaras Zelvys
Gintaras Zelvys

The murder recently of Lithuanian gangster Gintaras Zelvys in Rathcoole, Co Dublin, is a further signal of the invasion of Ireland by foreign criminals involved in everything from organised begging to hi-tech crime.

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They are attracted here, gardai say, by what the criminals regard as a remarkably lenient justice system and the low risk of being caught.

Zelvys was regarded as a major criminal figure. He was released from prison a year ago after serving a seven-year term for extorting money from innocent Lithuanians in Monaghan and other counties. He was also sentenced to four months' imprisonment in 2008 for assaulting a female garda in north inner Dublin. Before coming here, he had escaped from prison in Lithuania where he was serving a jail term for rape.

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