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Retired CAB detective dies at work in Seychelles

TRIBUTES have been paid to a crime-busting Irish garda who has died in the Seychelles.

Retired Superintendent Liam Hogan (63) died from a suspected heart attack in the Indian Ocean nation where he had been working over recent years.

Mr Hogan, who was brought up in Bandon in west Cork, was hand-picked by Seychelles President James Michel to help lead a crackdown against organised crime in the island nation.

Tributes were paid to him last night by the Seychelles Government, by former colleagues and by senior gardai who served alongside him in Dublin and overseas.

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At the time of his retirement in 2009, Mr Hogan was based at Donnybrook Garda Station in Dublin.

He was appointed in early 2009 alongside former Defence Forces officer, Declan Barber, to lead a Seychelles version of Ireland's Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).

That Seychelles organisation was recommended and designed by former Cork solicitor, Barry Galvin, who headed up Ireland's own CAB.

This was created in the wake of the murder of investigative journalist, Veronica Guerin.

Ireland's CAB was so successful in its targeting of the proceeds of crime that it was adopted as the model for many similar agencies worldwide

Mr Hogan and Mr Barber led the fledgling agency in the Seychelles and it was hugely successful as it cracked down on organised crime and, in particular, money-laundering.

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