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Probe launched after inmate posts Facebook message mocking gardai

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An investigation has been launched after a prisoner facing charges in relation to the Kinahan/Hutch feud posted a Facebook message mocking gardaí and the Irish courts system.

In the blog, posted online this month, the criminal branded gardaí "a bunch of clowns" and claimed he would never be convicted of serious feud related crimes.

The man, who is linked to cartel boss Daniel Kinahan, is currently before the courts on charges connected to the ongoing feud.

Independent.ie understands that the Prison Service is investigating the possibility that the man had access to a mobile phone behind bars.

Inmates in Irish prisons are not permitted to access mobile phones or the internet. A search of the suspect’s cell is expected to take place.

A source said: “This prisoner could face disciplinary action as a result of this post.”

In the message, posted on a public Facebook page earlier this month, the criminal stated that he has been locked in a dispute with gardaí over access to a mobile phone ahead of his trial date.

The man says his phone is encrypted with the programme PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) and gardaí are unable to access it.

He claims that he has offered to open it for them in the presence of his lawyer but that this has been rejected.

He wrote: “The cops, on the other hand, would prefer me to give them the codes and let them work on it alone. However, taking into consideration, how arbitrarily they have interpreted and changed the facts for their own convenience so far, I can't allow it no matter what.”

“So we'll see you in court…”

The criminal went on to label gardaí “a bunch of clowns”.

However a senior source said that what the criminal is suggesting is mere “bravado”.

“Either this man is deluded or he is filling his local friends with bulls**t. This is not the reality of what is happening in this case.”