Over 600 people connected to Kinahan gang banned from entering United States 1 month ago

Over 600 people connected to Kinahan gang banned from entering United States

Gardaí and US authorities announced worldwide sanctions on the gang last month.

Hundreds of individuals with reported connections to the Kinahan gang have been refused entry to the United States of America.

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The action follows last month's measure by US officials offering a public reward of $5 million for information leading to the disruption of the Kinahan Organised Crime Group.

The reward is for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of three senior Kinahan members – Christy Snr, Daniel or Christopher Jnr.

According to RTÉ News, over 600 people connected to the organisation have been banned from entering the US. It is understood the majority of those affected are associated with professional boxing.

"We're satisfied that the people concerned who are involved in criminality associated with that organised crime group will be denied entry into other jurisdictions, if they were to try and gain entry," Assistant Garda Commissioner O'Driscoll told RTÉ.

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"We've seen the wide range of other companies associated with those that are sanctioned. And anyone who has any part to play in any of those companies will be prevented from entering the US," he added.

In late April, the United Arab Emirates government froze financial assets related to the gang. That restriction quickly followed the shutdown of events promotion company MTK Global Events.

In a statement, MTK Global confirmed it was ceasing all operations, citing "unprecedented levels of unfair scrutiny and criticism" since the US government applied sanctions on Daniel Kinahan.

Regarding the UAE assets freeze, a government spokesperson told the Financial Times:

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"The relevant authorities co-operate closely on cases involving foreign elements, in line with the UAE’s international commitments and national legal framework for combating illicit activity."

The freeze included all personal and corporate bank accounts belonging to the Kinahan gang.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, meanwhile, has said that his government is considering offering its own reward for information on the outfit.

"I think it's very significant and I welcome this," he said.

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"I do believe that we have to work internationally and collaborate with other authorities in respect of these issues. We want to do everything we possibly can to deal with criminality in our country."