Ireland's Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris, has embarked on a mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to explore avenues for the extradition of members of the notorious Kinahan organized crime group. This group has been residing in Dubai for several years and has managed to evade arrest despite being sanctioned by U.S. authorities, with three members carrying hefty $5 million bounties on their heads.
Commissioner Harris, accompanied by Assistant Commissioner Justin Kelly, met with the Commander in Chief of the Dubai Police to discuss the extradition of Kinahan family members. The Irish Garda Press Office shared a photo of Commissioner Harris's meeting with Lt General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, emphasizing the ongoing cooperation between An Garda Siochana and international law enforcement partners to combat transnational organized crime.
However, international sentiment has raised concerns about the UAE's perceived leniency towards Russian and European organized crime groups residing in Dubai. Reports indicate that Kinahan cartel leader Daniel Kinahan, though rumored to be in Iran, may now face a growing likelihood of extradition from the UAE amid fears that UAE authorities might hand him over to U.S. law enforcement or An Garda Síochána.
An Garda Síochána issued a statement highlighting the global impact of transnational organized crime and their commitment to working with international partners to dismantle such criminal networks. Commissioner Harris has undertaken various international efforts, including travels to the U.S., Colombia, and Europe, as part of multinational operations to combat the Kinahan transnational organized crime group.
The UAE has been making efforts to improve its anti-money laundering (AML) measures and financial security. Lt Gen Al Marri recently attended a high-level AML conference chaired by the UAE's foreign minister, where progress in removing the country from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) watchlist was discussed. The UAE reported a nearly 50% increase in Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs) this year and imposed substantial fines on non-compliant companies. Additionally, law enforcement agencies in the UAE have made significant confiscations and arrests in cooperation with foreign counterparts.
Commissioner Harris's visit to the UAE underscores the global reach of organized crime and the international collaboration required to combat it effectively. The efforts to bring Kinahan cartel members to justice are part of a broader strategy to protect communities both in Ireland and around the world from the menace of transnational organized crime.
By fLEXI tEAM