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Monk latest Gardai confirm they have made arrest following extradition of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

The Monk’ is expected to appear before the non-jury court before 9pm in relation to the charge after being brought there in an armed convoy

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Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Gardai have confirmed this evening that they have made an arrest of a man after the extradition Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch (58) from Madrid today.

On today’s date, 29th September 2021, Gardaí attached to the Extradition Unit, GNBCI have extradited a Irish male in his 50s from Spain on a European Arrest Warrant issued by the Irish Authorities,” a garda spokeswoman said.

“The male was arrested on arrival at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnell on foot of a Domestic Arrest Warrant issued by The Special Criminal Court for the murder of David Byrne, by a Senior Investigator from Ballymun Garda Station investigating the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel on the 5th October 2016,

The male will appear before a Sitting of the Special Criminal Court, Criminal Courts of Justice  this evening, 29th September 2021,” she added.

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Spanish police swoop on Gerry Hutch, who was with his wife at the time.

Spanish police swoop on Gerry Hutch, who was with his wife at the time.

Spanish police swoop on Gerry Hutch, who was with his wife at the time.

‘The Monk’ is expected to appear before the non-jury court before 9pm in relation to the charge after being brought there in an armed convoy.

An Irish Air Corps plane carrying the 58-year-old landed at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel at around 7pm.

Hutch was escorted on the Air Corps Casa plane by gardaí from the extradition section.

He is expected to be remanded in custody by the Special Criminal Court and most likely sent to Wheatfield Prison in west Dublin where many of the Hutch gang members have been housed for security reasons since their deadly feud with the Kinihan cartel kicked off six years ago and has since claimed 18 lives.

However it has not been ruled out that he may be sent to Ireland’s highest security prison in Portlaoise.

Earlier this week, it emerged that that ‘The Monk’ had lost his fight against extradition to Ireland to face trial for murder.

Spanish judges have ruled that if he is convicted in Ireland, he will be allowed to return to Spain to serve any sentence.

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Hutch tried to avoid extradition to Ireland by claiming in his appeal against an earlier decision approving his return to Ireland that he had decided to become a full-time resident in Spain because of threats to his life.

The leader of the Hutch mob who is facing a non-jury murder trial over the February 2016 Regency Hotel attack in Dublin, also called the European Arrest Warrant that resulted in his capture “strange” and claimed police had tried and failed on three separate occasions beforehand to get him sent back to Ireland.

Even though the judgment was only published on Monday, three judges made the decision on September 14.

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Gerry Hutch

Gerry Hutch

Gerry Hutch

His defence team’s claims were mostly rebuffed by the three judges, although they consented to making it a condition of his handover to Ireland that he was returned to Spain and allowed to serve his prison sentence here if he ends up being convicted of murder after trial in Dublin.

Senior sources said today that of was convicted, Hutch could expect to spend a number of years in an Irish prison before being allowed back to Spain to serve the remainder of his sentence.

The judges also made it clear Hutch had exhausted his legal options in Spain by stating in the last paragraph of the six-page document: “Against this ruling there is no appeal possible.”

Previously Spanish police confirmed they had been searching for him on the Canary Islands earlier this year, but lost track of him before intelligence pointed to the Costa- Del-Sol.

He was found in the resort town Fuengirola, Málaga where he was arrested on the afternoon of August 12 in a restaurant in the town.

In the footage released to the media, ‘The Monk’ was seen holding a menu and wearing a face mask before he is surrounded by police who arrest him and march him to a bathroom, search him and take him to a waiting police car.

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