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Estonian remanded in custody after being charged with conspiracy to murder Hutch friend

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Imre Arakas (Pic: Irish Daily Star)
Imre Arakas (Pic: Irish Daily Star)

An Estonian man charged with conspiracy to murder a long-time friend of the Hutch family has been further remanded in custody.

Gardai from the Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau, supported by members of the Special Crime Task Force, Emergency Response Unit and Armed Support Unit, raided a premises in west Dublin on the morning of April 4. Three men were arrested as part of an investigation into the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

Imre Arakas, 58, with an address at Sopruse, Tallinn, Estonia, was charged last Thursday afternoon and remanded in custody.

He is accused of conspiring with others not before the courts to murder James Gately in Northern Ireland between April 3 and April 4. The offence is under Section 71 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006.

He faced his second hearing today at Cloverhill District Court.

Judge Victor Blake noted that Mr Arakas has good English and he then asked Det Gda Anthony Kennedy if directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) were available. Det Gda Kennedy said they were not and he applied for a further remand for two weeks.

The defence said Mr Arakas is being held in Mountjoy prison and was consenting to the garda application.

Judge Blake further remanded him in custody to appear via video-link on April 26 next. He has not yet indicated how he will plead to the charge.

Last week, his first hearing was told that "he made no reply to the charge" and due to the nature of the charge a bail application could only be made in the High Court.

Legal aid was allowed following submissions that he was unemployed and unable to pay a lawyer.

The other two other men arrested in connection with this investigation have been released from garda custody without charge. A file is being prepared for the DPP.