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Gang kingpin Daniel Kinahan flits between Dubai safe houses to avoid CAB pursuit

"Kinahan’s whereabouts are known to authorities in Dubai we believe. But Kinahan, true to form, is constantly moving between addresses out there.”

Daniel Kinahan

Ali Bracken

Cartel leader Daniel Kinahan is moving between safe houses in Dubai, which complicates but will not prevent the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) from serving him with confiscation papers over a seized luxury property.

It is also understood the CAB has technical experts on standby to track down and serve the gang boss with papers digitally if negotiations fail with a woman business associate of Kinahan to serve them.

A well-placed source said: “The bureau, over its 25-year history, has in one way or another always served High Court orders on defendants. Daniel Kinahan will be no different.

Daniel Kinahan is living in various safe houses in Dubai

"Kinahan’s whereabouts are known to authorities in Dubai we believe. But Kinahan, true to form, is constantly moving between addresses out there.”

On Tuesday, the High Court heard that James Mansfield Jnr handed the Kinahan gang an opulent property in Saggart along with cash after he failed to invest €4.5m that the cartel had given him — in cash — in property.

The Mansfields consented in court, sitting at Croke Park, to the orders to dispose of the property and cash.

However, the CAB can only take full ownership of the luxury property when the other respondents in the case — Kinahan, and gang number two Thomas Kavanagh — are reached and served with papers.

The bureau has yet to serve notices on the two men, the hearing was told.

The court heard Kinahan lived in the house for a time and some of his personal items were found there.

Mansfield Jnr is in jail in the Midlands Prison, Kavanagh is in jail in the UK, while Kinahan lives in Dubai.

CAB barrister Shelly Horan said while Kavanagh is currently in jail at HMP Norwich, at present it has no address for Kinahan in Dubai.

She said, however, “a business associate” was in discussions with the CAB and may accept service of High Court orders on his behalf. If that is not successful, she said they will seek to serve the orders on a business on Kinahan’s behalf through social media.

“It will be important to effect service on Daniel Kinahan,” she said.

Kavanagh is to be served with papers in prison in the UK.

A source added that there were enough technical experts in the bureau to “track down” a business linked to the cartel boss online and then serve the confiscation order digitally.

The case will come before the High Court again on May 24, when it is expected the papers will have been served on Kavanagh.

Whether or not documents will have been received by Kinahan “remains to be seen”, said a separate source, who said every effort to do so is now being made.

The authorities acknowledge the Dubai-based gang boss probably “couldn’t care less” about the seizure of the Saggart property, given his vast wealth.

However, the optics of this move by the CAB against him, in conjunction with ongoing attempts by the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau to extradite him back to Ireland, might be “a cause for concern”.

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