Sat, 23 Sep 2023

MAJORCA, Spain - A leader of a Kinahan organized crime group, described in the High Court as heavily involved in drug trafficking and violent crime, has been apprehended in Spain.

Liam Byrne, whose brother David was murdered at Dublin's Regency Hotel seven years ago, was apprehended in Majorca based on a UK extradition warrant.

As a senior figure in transnational organized crime, Byrne has long been a target of the garda, the UK National Crime Agency (NCA), and other law enforcement agencies.

According to Garda Assistant Commissioner Justin Kelly, Liam Byrne's arrest is a "significant development in international law enforcement efforts to dismantle the operations of the Kinahan Organized Crime Group."

"These arrests show a Garda Sochna's ongoing collaboration with our colleagues in the National Crime Agency," he said.

In the High Court, the Criminal Assets Bureau described him as a career criminal heavily involved in drug trafficking and violent crime, with ties to international cartels in the UK, Spain, and the Netherlands - and closely associated with the Kinahan organized crime group.

It successfully seized his assets in Ireland, including his home, and Byrne relocated to England.

His brother David, a Kinahan gang member, was murdered in February 2016, escalating the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

Liam Byrne was apprehended in Majorca by Spanish authorities, along with another man linked to the Kinahan organized crime gang.

Following an investigation by the National Crime Agency, they were detained based on a UK extradition warrant.

The 42-year-old was arrested while eating in a restaurant with family members in the Alcudia area of Majorca on Sunday evening.

On the 26th of May, he arrived at Palma Airport from Dubai, UAE.

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