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Final destination Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch to be extradited back to Ireland within days on military plane

Hutch is expected to be remanded in custody as soon as he is charged before the courts,” the source added.

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Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch

Regency Hotel murder suspect Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch is expected to be extradited back to Ireland from Spain within a matter of days.

Senior gardai are currently drafting up a major security plan involving the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) who are expected to back up detectives from the Extradition Unit for his return which could happen as early as Thursday according to sources.

Senior sources say that ‘The Monk’ (58) is expected to be flown into Ireland on a military aircraft which will land at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel.

“Because of the security issues surrounding this individual it is expected that he will be brought straight to the Special Criminal Court at the criminal courts complex in Dublin rather than a garda station for the purpose of being charged after he lands,” a senior source said.

“Exact details have not yet been finalised but the defence forces are also likely to have a role in the security operation.

“Hutch is expected to be remanded in custody as soon as he is charged before the courts,” the source added.

Yesterday it emerged that ‘The Monk’ had as lost his fight against extradition to Ireland to face trial for murder.

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Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch being arrested in Spain in August

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch being arrested in Spain in August

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch being arrested in Spain in August

Sources say ‘The Monk’ has been informed of the court’s decision and is currently detained in a prison in Madrid.

He has been charged with the murder of Kinahan cartel gangster David Byrne in February, 2016 following a lengthy investigation by Ballymun gardai.

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.

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

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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 par 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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