Cartel boss Daniel Kinahan 'rang relative of Keith Ennis to deny murder involvement'
Cartel crimelord Daniel Kinahan rang a relative of chopped-up canal murder victim Keith Ennis to insist that his organisation had not sanctioned the 29-year-old's slaying.
It is understood that the phone call was made from Spain by Kinahan because of media and garda speculation linking his mob to the gruesome murder in Holland.
Sources say Kinahan expressed his sympathy and made reassurances that drug dealer Ennis was not killed on the cartel's orders.
The call is believed to have been made within days of Ennis' body being identified in Amsterdam in April, 2009.
At the time of his murder, Ennis was on the run from the Irish authorities - he was facing serious drugs and firearms charges but the murdered Walkinstown man's close associates always maintained that he was planning to return home to fight the allegations.
It is understood that the haul that he was caught with was ultimately owned by the Kinahan cartel.
At the time that Ennis' body was found, there was massive speculation that he had been killed by organised criminal gangs from Dublin.
This theory was bandied about because Ennis had been accused of tipping off gardai about a major drugs factory in Walkinstown in October 2007 after he was caught with cocaine, a Glock firearm and €16,000 in cash.
Ennis, at that time living in Oak Way, Clondalkin, was targeted on the street by members of the Pearse Street drugs unit because of his known association with members of the Kinahan cartel.
On searching him, they found €23,000 which they confiscated.
A follow-up search of his house led to the discovery of a Glock pistol and €2,000 worth of cocaine.
Two days after his arrest gardai raided a warehouse at Ballymount Industrial Estate and seized five pistols and nine kilograms of cocaine.
Ennis fled Ireland shortly after being charged but quickly became fearful of being murdered.
Meanwhile, Keith Ennis' family has reacted with disappointment and sadness at this week's court ruling in Holland.
Keith Ennis (left) with Philip County, who was cleared of the man's murder
His brother Aaron posted on Facebook that Monday, the day of the ruling, "didn't go as planned".
"Got guilty verdicts for some stuff and other stuff has been put off till further investigation has been done," he said.
"Once we have full details I'll let anyone interested know everything I know.
"Feel positive after today but with courts you just never can know for sure what they'll do."
He thanked all his friends and followers for their messages of support.
"Thanks for all messages and comments, means a lot to family," he wrote.
Meanwhile, an associate of one of the men accused of Ennis' murder, Barry McArdle, has said that he is innocent.
McArdle, from Davitt House in Drimnagh, Dublin was sentenced along with Philip County and Kenneth Brunell to two years in prison for chopping up and disposing of Ennis' body, which is a felony under Dutch law.
However, Brunell has served his time while awaiting trial and McArdle was freed while waiting for an appeal.
"The court has made its decision, he is innocent," the associate of McArdle told the Herald. He declined to comment further.
Dublin men County (28) from Lucan, Brunell (29) from Palmerstown and McArdle (30) were found not guilty of the murder of Ennis at the court hearing earlier this week. They were, however, convicted of dismembering Ennis with a chainsaw and dumping his body parts in a lake in Amsterdam.
Despite being given prison sentences none of them will serve time in prison, with McArdle and Brunell allowed to return to Ireland. County is reported to be in Brazil.