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court pledge Daniel Kinahan will face cartel questions in US $2 million lawsuit

If Kinahan is caught in a lie he could face up to four years in a state prison as perjury is a felony offence in California.

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The President also described Kinahan as “a representative and proxy for boxers”

The President also described Kinahan as “a representative and proxy for boxers”

The President also described Kinahan as “a representative and proxy for boxers”

MOBSTER Daniel Kinahan will be questioned in court for the first time on his alleged involvement in international drug-smuggling, money-laundering and gangland murders after offering to testify in a civil RICO trial in the US.

Lawyers representing boxing manager Moses Heredia - who is suing Kinahan and boxing promoters MTK Global for US$2 million over the alleged poaching of boxer JoJo Diaz - confirmed the Irish Mafia boss will be grilled over his mob activities as part of their case.

Asked by the Sunday World whether he will question Kinahan on his gangland activities, lawyer and former marine Eric Montalvo replied: "100 per cent."

Mr Montalvo and his team are also considering travelling to Ireland to meet with gardaí in a bid to gather further evidence of Kinahan's involvement in international drug trafficking, money-laundering and gangland murders.

Mr Montalvo has alleged in court filings to the District Court in California that "MTK was co-founded and is part owned and controlled by Mr Daniel Kinahan, a noted member of Ireland's notorious Kinahan Cartel, also known as the Kinahan Organised Crime Group or KOCG.

"The KOCG is allegedly responsible for several murders, drug trafficking and money laundering.

"The KOCG is one of Europe's biggest drug cartels. Law enforcement experts believe that Mr Daniel Kinahan started MTK to launder ill-gotten gains from drug trafficking."

Mr Montalvo further accused MTK and Kinahan of breaching the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations (RICO) Act by using money derived from organised crime activity.

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Eric Montalvo

Eric Montalvo

Eric Montalvo

The Rico Act was introduced by the federal government to tackle organised crime, but it can also be used in civil suits.

Earlier this week, sundayworld.com obtained a declaration made by Kinahan to the District Court in California where the case is set for trial.

In it, Kinahan offered to testify before the US court, under penalty of perjury, that he is not employed by MTK, the boxing company he founded.

The move is regarded as a 'high stakes gamble' by Kinahan - who will face stiff cross examination over his gangland links.

Furthermore, if Kinahan is caught in a lie he could face up to four years in a state prison as perjury is a felony offence in California.

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In the signed declaration submitted to the court on Tuesday, Kinahan writes: "I, Daniel Kinahan, declare as follows … and if called upon as a witness, I could and would competently testify thereto.

"I have been and am currently living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

"I do not conduct any business in the state of California.

"I do not own any real property in the state of California.

"I do not work for and am not employed by MTK Global Sports Management, LLC, MTK Global USA …"

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Joseph Diaz

Joseph Diaz

Joseph Diaz

In the declaration, filed on Tuesday, Kinahan also disputes the claim he was legally served in Dubai in connection with the case.

A default against Kinahan was entered on the basis he had not responded to a summons that was both sent to him in Dubai and published in newspapers in the Emirate.

Kinahan stated in his declaration that the P.O. box the summons was sent to is not associated with him.

"I do not receive mail at the PO box 454833, Al Barsha Post Office, Dubai, United Arab Emirates," he declared.

"This is not a P.O. box that is associated with me not do I have access to this P.O. box.

"I have also never used that P.O. box."

He also states he does not receive emails at the email 'r.reynolds@mtkglobal.com' which the summons was emailed to.

Kinahan continues: "I do not personally know Moses Heredia. And I have not met with anyone from Heredia Boxing Management Inc.

"I have not spoken with Moses Heredia, or anyone from Heredia Boxing Management, Inc.

"I do not have any dealings with Moses Heredia or Heredia Boxing Management Inc.

"I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing statements are true and correct."

The declaration was executed on March 14, 2022 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Kinahan's decision to hire US lawyers to represent him could now see him being served through these lawyers by the Criminal Assets Bureau - who named him as a respondent in a case alongside Thomas Bomber Kavanagh and Jim Mansfield Jnr last week.

"The fact he has lawyers on record for him in an ongoing case in the US means CAB no longer has to go looking for him in Dubai," a legal source told this newspaper.

"They can seek substituted service and simply go through his legal team," said the source.

Kinahan's filing in the US came just days after the Sunday World revealed how MTK denied it is a front for a 'European Drugs Cartel' - which gardai believe is run by Kinahan.

MTK Global is also seeking to set aside a 'default' entered against the company in the case concerning the alleged poaching of boxer JoJo Diaz.

"Mr Heredia's RICO claims fail," submitted MTK Global's lawyer David Harris, "because, contrary to his wild allegations, MTK Global is not a front for a European drug cartel, does not engage in money laundering, and does not make money from the sale of illicit drugs; rather, MTK Global is a successful and well-respected boxing management and promotions company."

Lawyer Mr Montalvo has previously vowed he will seek to have Kinahan's assets in his Dubai bolthole frozen to pay off the judgement.

Kinahan continues to live a life of luxury in Dubai while a large number of his criminal associates serve lengthy sentences in Ireland.

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