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SPIN-AHAN Daniel Kinahan poses for photo with Pakistani sport minister in latest sports-washing bid

The bespectacled gangster appears in one photo sitting down with Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti, the Provincial Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Government of Punjab, Pakistan.

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Daniel Kinahan and Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti. Photo: Twitter

Daniel Kinahan and Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti. Photo: Twitter

Daniel Kinahan and Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti. Photo: Twitter

IRISH crime boss Daniel Kinahan posed with a Pakistani politician in his ongoing campaign to ‘sportwash’ his reputation.

The bespectacled gangster appears in one photo sitting down with Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti, the Provincial Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Government of Punjab, Pakistan.

Bhatti, who tweeted he arrived in Dubai on 19 March, wrote about his meeting with Kinahan the next day after the Falcon Waseem versus Sunny Edwards fight.

“Met @probellum on aligning vision on boxing for Punjab & how to make this sport bigger for our youth.”

“Looking forward to hosting Daniel in Lahore to discuss Pakistan’s first International fight with foreign world class boxers Inshallah. Will share more info in the upcoming weeks”.

Probellum are a media and boxing promotion firm which has signed up several fighters around the world.

The firm has been contacted for comment on the tweet by Mr Bhatti.

Mr Bhatti further tweeted today thanking the boxing company for hosting him in Dubai.

“On way home after great trip to Dubai supporting @iamfalconwaseem. Thank you to @probellum for hosting me at an amazing event.

“Also, separately had some very positive discussions surrounding community-based boxing initiatives. Exciting times ahead for boxing and Punjab.”

Sandra Vaughan, a former CEO of MTK Global, co-founded by Kinahan in 2012, also appears in a photo with the Punjabi politician.

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Sandra Vaughan and Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti. Photo: Twitter

Sandra Vaughan and Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti. Photo: Twitter

Sandra Vaughan and Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti. Photo: Twitter

Vaughan, who has no involvement in crime, took over running MTK for a period when Kinahan stepped down from his position with the firm.

She ordered the firm to boycott Irish media outlets over stories that linked drugs boss Kinahan with the company.

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Kinahan has run a relentless social media campaign, posing with various boxers and promoters, in a bid to forge an image as a boxing consultant and promoter.

A recently promoted three-hour interview with Kinahan by James English was due to be posted online last week.

However, its online broadcast was later postponed due to “legal reasons.”

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Daniel Kinahan and Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti. Photo: Twitter

Daniel Kinahan and Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti. Photo: Twitter

Daniel Kinahan and Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti. Photo: Twitter

Kinahan has been named in the Irish High Court by officers from the Criminal Assets Bureau as the head of a drugs cartel.

He was also named in leaked Drug Enforcement Agency as being part of criminal consortium that has imported huge quantities of cocaine into Europe.

His latest bid at sport-washing his reputation comes after it emerged he has been the target of a concerted CAB investigation over the last three years.

Earlier this month a lawyer for CAB told a High Court hearing that officers were seeking an address for Kinahan in Dubai and would be liaising with authorities in the UAE to serve him with a summons.

That case is in relation to a house in County Dublin gardaí believe to have been taken over by Kinahan Cartel members.

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