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Daniel Kinahan 'named and shamed' in Dubai newspaper as lawyers pressure cartel boss

Dubai-based lawyers published a court summons for the cartel kingpin on the same page of a Dubai newspaper containing a court summons issued by the UAE Ministry of Justice

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Patrick O'Connell

Lawyers chasing Daniel Kinahan over a boxing dispute in which they have accused him of murder, drug trafficking and money- laundering have ramped up the pressure on the mob boss in his Dubai bolthole.

Dubai-based lawyers acting on behalf of lawyer and former US Marine Eric Montalvo have published a court summons for the cartel kingpin on the same page of a Dubai newspaper containing a court summons issued by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Justice.

Details of the brazen move can today be revealed after law outfit Khairallah Advocates & Legal Consultants filed evidence of service with the United States District Court for the District of California.

Accompanying a letter confirming service of the summons, lawyer Abdultaiyab Bahrainwala filed the newspaper clipping.

Eric Montalvo

This is the second time California based lawyer Eric Montalvo, who has accused Kinahan of racketeering and using MTK Boxing for the purposes of laundering drug cartel cash, has published a summons for Kinahan in a newspaper in the UAE.

Mr Montalvo represents Heredia Boxing Management who are suing Kinahan and MTK Global Sports Management over the alleged poaching of boxer JoJo Diaz.

It is the first time a summons for Kinahan has been published alongside an official Ministry of Justice summons.

"It's about as in your face as you can get," a source told the Sunday World.

Daniel Kinahan is named in the summons published in Dubai

"Publishing the summons in this manner ensures that not only will Kinahan read it but also that senior officials in the Ministry of Justice in the UAE will see it.

"The activities of foreigners in Dubai are closely watched by the government so this will infuriate him. The authorities there have tolerated Kinahan's presence in the Emirate so far, but things like this can only ramp up the pressure he is under."

Mobster Kinahan is notoriously protective of his reputation within the UAE and previously threatened legal action against an online publication in Dubai after it published a story describing him as a 'notorious Dublin gangster'.

In November 2018, the Lovin' Dubai website apologised for referring to him as an international drug baron in an article titled 'Notorious Irish gangster is getting married today in the Burj Al Arab'.

The piece detailed Kinahan's marriage to the widow of slain trafficker, Micka 'the Panda' Kelly in Dubai.

MTK allegedly poached JoJo Diaz

It's thought the website's decision to apologise to the man repeatedly named in court as an international drugs trafficker may have been due to the Emirate's punitive defamation laws.

Libel and slander are criminal rather than civil offences in Dubai, carrying a maximum sentence of up to two years in prison and a fine of over €4,700.

However, the publication of the legal summons, which makes far more serious and detailed allegations against Kinahan, carries no such risks.

Although anyone who saw it could use the case number to link to the RICO allegations of money laundering and drug trafficking before the civil courts in California, the advert itself is allowed under both US and UAE law.

It's understood the decision to publish the summons in Dubai was taken by former military lawyer Eric Montalvo who is spear-heading a case for damages against Kinahan and MTK after efforts to issue the summons to the mob boss personally were frustrated.

Under Californian law, where a person does not make themselves available for summons, a writ can be legally executed by publication in a widely read newspaper in the jurisdiction where the party to be summonsed resides.

The summons, which has now been certified in the UAE and California as served on Kinahan, gave him 21 days to respond to the charges against him, or face judgment in default that could see damages ordered against him running to millions of dollars.

It's understood Mr Montalvo's clients are seeking damages of a minimum US$2 million and could seek to have assets belonging to Kinahan seized if he does not comply with the summons and respond to the allegations.

MTK has submitted its response to the allegations being made against it as part of the US lawsuit.

It denied Kinahan was a noted member of the notorious Kinahan cartel or that he oversees the company's operations.

The filing went on to say MTK Global USA "lacked sufficient knowledge or information" to admit or deny claims made by Heredia that the Kinahan cartel was allegedly responsible for several murders, drug trafficking and money laundering, and that Daniel Kinahan had fled Ireland after the Regency attack and was now living in Dubai.

MTK Global US said that, on the basis of this lack of knowledge, it was denying each allegation. The company also denied claims it had engaged in racketeering and denied it ever transacted in or held funds directly or indirectly derived from racketeering activity.

MTK admitted entering a "business advisory agreement" with Mr Diaz and that it did not provide the agreement to Heredia or his lawyers.

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