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The Monk reported to be hiding out in Turkey

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch
Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch is reported to have been spotted in Istanbul as he remains in hiding from possible assassins.

The Herald report that Hutch, 53, has been spotted in the Turkish city and that he is believed to have been there 'on and off' for months.

According to the report Gardai got information that 'The Monk' was spotted "walking around the centre" of Istanbul recently.

Hutch (53), who is the number-one target for the Kinahan cartel in their deadly feud with his family and associates, is not believed to have spent any time in Ireland for almost five months.

The last time publicity-shy Hutch was photographed was when he showed up in disguise at his slain older brother Eddie's funeral in February.

It is reported that Hutch, and some of his associates, own a number of properties in Turkey.

Since the feud started, Hutch has seen his brother Eddie, best friend Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan and two of his nephews, Gary and Gareth, murdered.

Another of his nephews, Jonathan Hutch, and his dad Johnny Hutch, who is an older brother of 'The Monk', have been lucky to survive ruthless assassination attempts as part of the capital's deadly feud which has seen 10 murders.

There have also been attempts on the life of Hutch's brother Patrick 'Patsy' Hutch whose north-inner city home is subject to constant garda protection.

It was the murder of nephew Gary which started the feud on September 24 last year. A Kinahan associate was recently arrested in Spain for this crime.

After the murder, it emerged that 'The Monk' had previously organised the payment of €200,000 to the Kinahan cartel to spare his life and allow him to "retire" from the gang.

However, the Kinahan mob then reportedly reneged on this deal and demanded a further €200,000 from Gary's family.

The cartel's determination to wipe out associates of 'The Monk' has meant dozens of his extended family members have been warned about active threats against their life simply because they are related to him.