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Gulf war Daniel Kinahan named publicly for first time in Dubai newspaper to answer racketeering charges

Dubai newspaper publishes details of US racketeering case


Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

Mob boss Daniel Kinahan has been publicly named for the first time in a Dubai newspaper to answer charges of racketeering and money-laundering.

Lawyers suing Kinahan over a boxing dispute, in which they accuse him of drug trafficking and money-laundering, arranged for the legal summons against him to be published in one of the Emirate's largest daily papers.

A copy of the advertisement, published in the newspaper, has been obtained by the Sunday World.

It's understood the advertisement ran on March 18 this year.

Although the advert does not detail the allegations of racketeering and money laundering against the Irish drug trafficker, it gives the number of the case before the California court and warns that a summary judgment will be issued against Kinahan in the event he doesn't reply within 21 days.

Sources said the advert would have been viewed as highly embarrassing for Kinahan in Dubai and the UAE where he holds himself up as a legitimate businessman.


The case number in a California civil court ordering that Kinahan respond within 21 days was printed in the Gulf Times

The case number in a California civil court ordering that Kinahan respond within 21 days was printed in the Gulf Times

The case number in a California civil court ordering that Kinahan respond within 21 days was printed in the Gulf Times


"Legal notices like this are watched very closely by the business community within the UAE," a source told the Sunday World.

"It would cause potential business partners or those engaging with him socially to take a closer look and, obviously, in Kinahan's case, the image he likes to portray for himself wouldn't even survive a quick Google."

Mobster Kinahan 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.

Lovin Dubai posted the apology to the head of the Kinahan cartel over a piece it ran on his wedding in the Middle East a year earlier.

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It read: "On 15 July 2017, Lovin Dubai published an article titled 'Notorious Irish Gangster Is Getting Married Today In The Burj Al Arab'.

"The article made reference to Mr Daniel Kinahan and alleged that he was involved in an international drug syndicate.

"Lovin Dubai unreservedly withdraws all allegations, either expressed or implied, in the article, which conveys any suggestion that Mr Daniel Kinahan was involved in an alleged international drug syndicate.

"Lovin Dubai is not aware of any evidence that implicates Mr Daniel Kinahan in the alleged international drug syndicate. Furthermore, as the article recognised, and we reiterate now, Mr Kinahan has never been convicted of any criminal offence.

"Lovin Dubai sincerely apologises to Mr Daniel Kinahan, his wife and his family for any hurt, distress and embarrassment caused by the article." The original piece referred to Kinahan's marriage to the widow of slain trafficker, Micka 'the Panda' Kelly in Dubai.

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.

Any allegation of defamation must be filed with the police within three months from the date of publication of the "defamatory statement".

The publication of the advertisement highlighting the legal summons 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 Kinahan 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.

California statute states "to serve a party by publication means that you publish the summons and all required documentation in a newspaper of general circulation.

"The selected newspaper publication must be in an area the defendant/respondent is known to reside in.

"California law requires the summons to be published for four weeks in a row, at least once a week."

Mr Montalvo was not available for comment this week, but he previously told this newspaper that the summons had been legally served on Kinahan in a manner that complied with all applicable law.

The allegations of racketeering and money laundering against Kinahan form part of proceedings in a high-profile legal wrangle between Heredia Boxing Management and MTK over Mexican boxer Jo Jo Diaz.


Lawyer and ex-marine Eric Montalvo.

Lawyer and ex-marine Eric Montalvo.

Lawyer and ex-marine Eric Montalvo.


The summons, which has now been certified in the UAE 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.

More concerning to billionaire Kinahan will be the fact that his failure to answer the racketeering and money-laundering questions could be viewed by US boxing authorities as a tacit acceptance of the charges against him.

"They tried to [dodge the summons] but we already got a hold of Kinahan and MTK," Mr Montalvo - who served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan during 21 years in the US Marine Corps - told the Sunday World.

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