Wednesday 19 June 2019

Garda inspector arrested in corruption probe released but suspended from duties

The officer was arrested along with a Garda superintendent and a rank-and-file garda on Thursday morning.

Gardai are investigating alleged corruption (Niall Carson/PA)
Gardai are investigating alleged corruption (Niall Carson/PA)

By Rebecca Black and David Young, Press Association

A Garda inspector arrested as part of a corruption probe within the force has been released, but is suspended from duties.

The officer was arrested on Thursday morning, along with a superintendent and a rank-and-file garda.

The latter two remained in custody on Thursday evening,

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The arrested officers are a superintendent, an inspector and a rank-and-file garda (PA)

A Garda spokesman said of the released inspector, that a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“Immediately upon his release he was placed on suspension from duty,” he said.

“A Garda superintendent and a member of Garda rank also arrested have had their periods of detention further extended and remain in Garda custody.”

The superintendent has been arrested on suspicion of the unlawful disclosure of Garda information.

The inspector was detained over suspected drugs offences, and the garda has been held on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Deputy Commissioner John Twomey said: “An Garda Siochana is fully committed to investigating any alleged wrong-doing or corruption involving Garda personnel, and will work with other relevant agencies in doing so.

“As this is a live and ongoing investigation, it is not appropriate to make any further comment at this time.”

The arrest operation was led by the Assistant Commissioner for Special Crime Operations, John O’Driscoll.

It involved the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (GNBCI) and the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB).

Speaking in Dublin, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar described the arrests as serious but said he had not yet been briefed on the matter.

“I haven’t received a briefing from the Minister of Justice on that so I don’t know the background to it but obviously it’s a serious development,” Mr Varadkar said.

Press Association

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