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Monday 20 February 2017

CAB is an insult to memory of my murdered sister

Once the envy of the world, the Criminal Assets Bureau should now be disbanded as it has failed both Veronica's family and society as a whole

Jimmy Guerin

Published 27/11/2016 | 02:30

The late ‘Sunday Independent’ journalist Veronica Guerin
The late ‘Sunday Independent’ journalist Veronica Guerin

In his documentary State of Fear, to be aired this week, Paul Williams describes John Gilligan living back at his home in Jessbrook as a grotesque insult to the memory of Veronica Guerin. In my view, it's worse than that.

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Within two months of Veronica's brutal killing, the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) was established to seize the assets of the major criminals. Its first and most important target was to be John Gilligan, the biggest drug dealer in the State and the man responsible for the murder of Sunday Independent journalist Veronica Guerin.

Police forces came from all over the world to see what had been achieved by setting up the CAB. It was to be the new weapon against criminal empires worldwide. The CAB was the envy of police forces everywhere.

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