Sunday 16 June 2019

Garda officers arrested in corruption probe

The superintendent, inspector and rank-and-file garda were held on Thursday.

Three Garda officers have been arrested (PA)
Three Garda officers have been arrested (PA)

By David Young, Press Association

Three Garda officers have been arrested as part of a corruption probe within the force.

A superintendent, an inspector and a rank-and-file garda were detained on Thursday morning.

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

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

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

Confirming the arrests, 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.

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