Monday 27 January 2020

No bail for man arrested in operation 'targeting Kinahan gang'

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Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A Dutch national was arrested during a search as part of an operation targeting "the Kinahan organised crime gang", a court has heard.

Naoufal Fassih (35), who is of Moroccan origin, was refused bail by a judge after gardaí said a passport and identification card were false.

Judge Cormac Dunne deferred a decision on free legal aid after hearing the luxury Dublin apartment the accused was arrested in contained three watches worth more than €80,000, as well as more than €12,000 in cash. Dublin District Court was also told the runners Mr Fassih was wearing in court were worth at least €800.

Judge Dunne remanded him in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court on April 22.

Mr Fassih is charged with having a false Dutch passport and presenting it to gardaí as being genuine.

He is also accused of having a false Belgian identification card and a small quantity of cannabis, as well as facing two immigration charges.

The offences are alleged to have happened at an apartment at Baggot Street Lower on April 7 last.

Garda Eoin Kane said he charged the defendant at 10.30am yesterday morning and he made no reply after caution. Defence barrister Keith Spencer said he did not think it was suggested the items in the apartment belonged to the accused.

Irish Independent

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