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Friday 24 November 2017

Gardai arrest man after documents linked to London attacker seized in Limerick

Khuram Shazad Butt on left, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba
Khuram Shazad Butt on left, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba

Robin Schiller

A MAN has been arrested by gardaí after being found in possession of documents linked to London attacker Rachid Redouane (30).

The Moroccan man, who is understood to be working here as a waiter, was detained in Co Limerick yesterday evening.

He was arrested under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act 2001 by detectives from the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB).

A garda spokeswoman said: "A man was arrested on the evening of the 5th June 2017 for offences under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act 2001 and was detained under Section 4 of Criminal Justice Act 1994. He has since been released without charge and A file is being prepared for the DPP."

The story was first reported in the 'Limerick Leader' this afternoon.

A senior source has said that the arrested man was in possession of a PPS number which was previously linked to Rachid Redouane.

"This does not appear to be terror-related and the individual being questioned may have been unaware until now who's documentation he was using. Documents baring a PPS number linked to Redouane were found, and were used for employment rather than anything more sinister," the source said.

"At this stage gardai have nothing to suggest that he was ever even in contact with Redouane," the source added.

Rachid Redouane (30) was a pastry chef who was first recorded being in Dublin in 2012 along with his wife Charisse O'Leary (38), who is originally from the UK.

Security sources have stated the terror attacker lived at an apartment block in Rathmines, south Dublin, with Ms O'Leary.

He had lived with his wife and young child on and off for four years.

Charisse Ann O'Leary Picture: Facebook

Redouane and Ms O'Leary married in Ireland in 2012, before moving to the UK. They returned to Ireland in 2016 before leaving again in March of that year, records show.

Pictured: London Bridge terror attack suspect who lived in south Dublin

Authorities have not yet established how and when he originally entered Ireland before his marriage, and believe that he made several return trips to pass UK immigration checks.  

A source added that their marriage appeared genuine, and not for financial gain or to secure residency in this jurisdiction.

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