Wednesday 18 July 2018

Dutch-Morrocan man arrested during operation targeting Kinahan gang further remanded

Naoufal Fassih (Credit: RTE)
Naoufal Fassih (Credit: RTE)

Tom Tuite

A DUTCH man, who was arrested in a luxury Dublin apartment during a Garda operation targeting the Kinahan organised crime gang, has been further remanded in custody on bogus passport charges.

Naoufal Fassih (35), who is of Moroccan origin, appeared at Cloverhill District Court yesterday/today (fri).

He was further remanded in custody by Judge Victor Blake to allow time for directions to be obtained from the DPP. The State had asked for an adjournment and the court heard the defence consented.

Mr Fassih represented by solicitor Niall O'Connor will face his next hearing on May 6.

He had been initially refused bail on Apr. 15 by Judge Cormac Dunne at Dublin District Court. Gardai had said he had €800 runners and three designer watches in total worth €83,000 were found at an apartment where he arrested.

He is charged three offences under the Theft and Fraud Act for possessing a fake Belgian and a false Dutch passport and using them to incite an other to believe they were real. He was arrested at an apartment on Lower Baggott St on Apr. 7, the court heard.

He has also been charged with an offence under the Immigration Act and a minor drugs charge for simple possession of cannabis.

Garda Eoin Kane, of Kevin St station's Drugs Unit had said that the man was arrested during an operation targeting members of the Kinahan organised crime gang.

Gardai later established his real name and that he is a Dutch national and they argued that he was a fight risk.

Gda Kane said that when he was arrested in the apartment also found there were: €300, Stg £12,825, a Rolex watch worth €8,350, another Rolex watch valued at €35,000 and an Audamars Piguet Royal Oak limited edition Michael Schumacher watch valued €40,000.

Mr Fassih has also failed in a High Court action to get released.

Directions from the DPP have to be obtained and a decision has to be made on whether the the case will remain in the jurisdiction of the district court or instead go forward on indictment to the circuit court. The charge for using false documentation can carry a maximum 10-year sentence. He has not yet entered a plea.

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