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Criminal Assets Bureau target Mr Big for €560k

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Mr Big
Mr Big

A CRIMINAL suspected of heading up the country’s most notorious tiger-kidnapping gang has been hit with a CAB judgement for almost €560,000.

The Dubliner, who is regarded as the ‘Mr Big’ of the criminal underworld, cannot be named as he is currently on bail for serious charges.

Mr Big’s gang were blamed by the Real IRA for ordering the murder of the dissident republican leader Alan Ryan in September 2012 and he was also questioned by Gardaí over the shooting dead of Alan Ryan’s brother Vinnie last year.

The Sunday World previously revealed that Mr Big was able to show Gardaí a receipt for a shirt he had purchased at the time of Ryan’s shooting in March.

Vinnie Ryan had been urged by some of his closest associates to have a meeting with Mr Big in the weeks after he was stabbed in the face during a vicious attack in Dublin last October.

However, sources have revealed that Ryan (25), refused to entertain the idea that he could “make peace” with the gangster he blamed for ordering the murder of his older brother Alan.

Mr Big has no convictions for serious offences, but is suspected of being heavily involved in drug trafficking and tiger kidnappings.

CAB built up a file on him that led to last week’s judgement with the help of Garda specialist units. They previously seized a high-powered car from him.

An associate of Mr Big’s, Paschal Kelly, is currently behind bars after being convicted of making threats to kill a CAB officer, tax evasion and serious driving offences.

Kelly (50), considered one of Ireland’s most notorious criminals, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years by a judge at Dublin Central Criminal Court last year.