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Man arrested "with list of Hutch gang details" is ex Special Forces "hitman"

Imre Araka (Pic: Irish Daily Star)
Imre Araka (Pic: Irish Daily Star)

The man arrested in west Dublin yesterday has been named as Imre Arakas, a former member of the Estonian Special Forces who is wanted in a number of countries and is suspected of being behind several contract killings and high profile robberies.

According to reports in today's Star, Arakas, who has been dubbed “The Estonian James Bond”, was picked up by officers from the Special Crime Task Force, Emergency Response Unit and Armed Support Unit, yesterday in the Blakestown area of west Dublin.

He is currently being held on anti-gangland legislation and suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

It has been reported that Imre “The Butcher” Arakas was brought to Ireland by the Kinahan cartel who are currently locked in a bitter feud with their Hutch rivals.

Sources say that Arakas had a list of key Hutch associates, details of their movements and various disguises when he was picked up by gardai.

Two Irish men in their 50s and 30s were arrested in the same operation and €5k worth of cocaine was also recovered.

Arakas was shot three times by a masked gunman in a bar in Marbella in 2001 after he left Estonia following an attempt on his life in 1997.

In 1979 he escaped from an Estonian courthouse after jumping eight metres from a limestone balcony while he was also caged in Russia for 15 years following a failed attempt to rob a weapons warehouse in the early 90s.