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Mobster found lurking in Kinahan cartel property moved to ‘friendlier’ prison

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Naoufal Fassih
Naoufal Fassih

A DUTCH-MOROCCAN mobster suspected of having links to the Kinahan Cartel has been moved to a ‘friendlier’ prison over active death threats against him from the Hutch mob.

Naoufal Fassih – who was originally arrested during raids on Kinahan Cartel properties in April, but who is now being held on a European Arrest Warrant – was moved from Cloverhill to Mountjoy Prison last week.

The threats against Fassih that forced him into a protection regime in Cloverhill are believed to originate from associates of murdered Gary Hutch.

In the wake of his arrival in Mountjoy, Fassih was moved on to the prison’s B-wing, where cartel associates, including Davin Flynn, run the landings.

Fassih’s protection status has now been removed and he is in general population on the B2 landing, where authorities believes he is no longer at risk.

Gardaí suspect that Fassih arrived in Ireland in March with the intention of helping to run the Kinahan cartel’s day-to-day operations.

However, the plans of the 20-stone gangster were foiled when he was nabbed by Gardaí at a plush Baggot Street apartment on April 7.

Fassih was later sentenced to a month in prison after he pleaded guilty to having a false instrument – a forged Belgian ID card – and possession of cannabis worth €40.

Described in court as a “man of means,” he was wearing an €800 pair of runners when he was arrested.

He also had three designer watches worth a total of €43,350.

Fassih has 12 prior convictions for serious offences in the Netherlands dating back to 1998.

He received a two-year prison sentence in 2000, a three-and-a-half-year term in 2002 and a further 20 months in 2014.

His earlier crimes included unauthorised use of weapons, ammo and explosives, extortion, attempted extortion, assault, embezzlement, drugs raps and openly joining forces to commit violence against others.