Saturday 24 March 2018

'Ireland? It's a great country for a criminal'

Our lenient justice system continues to attract hordes of foreign criminals who rob and scam people and businesses of millions each year, writes Jim Cusack

Gintaras Zelvys
Gintaras Zelvys
Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

The murder recently of Lithuanian gangster Gintaras Zelvys in Rathcoole, Co Dublin, is a further signal of the invasion of Ireland by foreign criminals involved in everything from organised begging to hi-tech crime.

They are attracted here, gardai say, by what the criminals regard as a remarkably lenient justice system and the low risk of being caught.

Zelvys was regarded as a major criminal figure. He was released from prison a year ago after serving a seven-year term for extorting money from innocent Lithuanians in Monaghan and other counties. He was also sentenced to four months' imprisonment in 2008 for assaulting a female garda in north inner Dublin. Before coming here, he had escaped from prison in Lithuania where he was serving a jail term for rape.

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