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Return of the Monk Gerry Hutch on military flight home this afternoon before charge over Regency Hotel murder

Security was tight around the military airport this afternoon ahead of The Monk’s expected return from Madrid

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Gerry Hutch

Gerry Hutch

Gerry Hutch

Gang boss Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch is expected to arrive back in Ireland on a military aircraft this evening with a major security operation planned for when the plane touches down at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel.

Hutch (58) is then expected to be brought to the Criminal Courts of Justice complex in an armed garda convoy where he is due to be charged at the Special Criminal Court at around 7pm today with the murder of Kinahan cartel gangster David Byrne in February, 2016 at the Regency Hotel.

Security was tight around the military airport this afternoon ahead of The Monk’s expected return from Madrid with a number of unmarked garda cars in position.

It is understood that ‘The Monk’ was transferred from the Soto del Real prison in northern Madrid early this morning to an airport in the Spanish capital where he was met by officers from the garda extradition unit who are due to accompany him on the flight to Dublin this afternoon.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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Gerry Hutch

Gerry Hutch

Gerry Hutch

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

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.

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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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