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After CAB reveal they have no address for Daniel Kinahan - WE track down his lawyer

The CAB needs to serve the mob boss in order to sell-off a luxury Dublin mansion which it alleges is owned and controlled by him
Daniel Kinahan moved to Dubai but he is believed to have fled the Emirate

Daniel Kinahan moved to Dubai but he is believed to have fled the Emirate

Patrick O'Connell

Hours after the Criminal Assets Bureau told the High Court it still hasn't located an address for Daniel Kinahan, the Sunday World tracked down the one man who may be able to help them.

We got Kinahan's US lawyer Jason Liang on the telephone in his office in California and quizzed him about the gangster's current whereabouts.

We also asked Mr Liang whether he would be willing to hand over Kinahan's current location to the Bureau's investigators.

Conditions attached to the 'Transnational Criminal Organisations' sanctions list, on which Kinahan has been placed by the US government, make allowance for US lawyers to continue representing him legally under 'special licence'.

Jason Liang is based in California

Jason Liang is based in California

The following questions were put to Mr Liang after this reporter identified himself as a journalist with the Sunday World and informed him of CAB's difficulty in getting an address for Daniel Kinahan.

SW: "Have the Criminal Assets Bureau been in contact with you to see if they can get an address or do you have an address for Mr Kinahan?"

JL: "I'm sorry, I can't, I have no comment. This case has nothing to do with what you are reporting on so I have nothing to say on the record. I have no comment unfortunately."

SW: "Could I ask, do you know where Mr Kinahan is currently?"

JL: "I have no comment."

SW: "Has the Criminal Assets Bureau been in contact with you from Ireland?"

JL: "I'm sorry, I'm in the middle of another meeting. I have no comment."

SW: "No comment. You have no comment at all?"

JL: …

SW: "OK, well thank you for taking the phone call."

JK: "OK."

SW: "Thank you, Mr Liang."

According to his profile on the website for California-based law firm Liang Ly LLP, Mr Liang has experience in litigating issues involving the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ('RICO Act').

On April 22, he filed a first-person declaration from Daniel Kinahan before the United States District Court in the Central District of California in relation to a civil case in which Kinahan and the now defunct MTK Global have been accused of breaches of the Rico Act.

Mr Liang has also succeeded in having a 'default' - which was entered in the case against Kinahan for failing to reply to a court summons - overturned.

Our telephone call seeking Kinahan's location from Mr Liang occurred on Tuesday evening and, as stated earlier, came just hours after the Criminal Assets Bureau told the High Court it hasn't been able to get an address for Kinahan to serve him.

Daniel Kinahan moved to Dubai but he is believed to have fled the Emirate

Daniel Kinahan moved to Dubai but he is believed to have fled the Emirate

One member of the legal profession who spoke to the Sunday World, said in his opinion it is open to the Bureau to seek permission for 'substitution of service'. And that this could allow the Bureau to serve the summons on Mr Liang as a known legal representative of Mr Kinahan.

The Bureau needs to serve the mob boss in order to sell-off a luxury Dublin mansion which it alleges is owned and controlled by him.

Kinahan's criminal associate, Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh, was served earlier this month at Belmarsh prison in London, where he has been moved for "security reasons".

It is the Bureau's case that both men took control of the property - 10 Coldwater Lakes, in Saggart, Dublin - after businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr failed to invest €4.5 million for them.

On Tuesday, Shelly Horan BL, for the Bureau, said efforts were still being made to serve a summons on Kinahan. She said they were still looking for an appropriate address and asked for the matter to be adjourned until next month.


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