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Mobster spin In full: public statement issued by Daniel Kinahan

The public statement on behalf of Daniel Kinahan to INM crime correspondent Ken Foy.

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 Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

Public statement on behalf of Daniel Kinahan to INM crime correspondent Ken Foy.

A spokesperson for Mr Kinahan said:

"Daniel is a 43 year-old family man; a father to five beautiful children; and privileged to be the stepfather to three wonderful daughters.

"He is a proud Irishman. He has never been convicted of a crime, not just in Ireland, but in any jurisdiction world-wide.

"This statement is made in response to the false and damaging allegations repeated by various commentators and media outlets that he is the leader of an Irish-based international organised crime gang.

"These claims are wholly untrue and unsupported by any evidence.

"The allegations in the media typically refer to various criminal proceedings wholly unconnected to Daniel and are often based on the testimony or comments of convicted criminals.

"Daniel wishes to make it absolutely clear that he has no involvement whatsoever in any criminal organisations or undertakings.

"Daniel is the victim of an orchestrated campaign that is targeting him with the deliberate intention to mislead the public and to damage the successful and legitimate career he has built up over 15 years in international boxing.

"His reputation as a legitimate and respected businessman is being smeared and destroyed by people with a dishonest agenda and a complicit media pursuing a false narrative that serves that agenda.

"The relentless publication of such serious falsehoods not only places Daniel’s life in danger, but the lives of his family also.

"It is irresponsible and reckless journalism of the worst kind.

"Daniel is being subjected to a trial by the media in which there is no due process or objective examination of the facts.

"The opinion of Garda, expressed during court proceedings unconnected to Daniel, is routinely presented as fact, absent of scrutiny or context.

"The prejudicial reporting against him places little to no weight on the fact that he has no convictions, that there are no extant criminal proceedings against him, and that the single previous investigations against him was abandoned due to the absence of evidence.

"This trial by media deliberately runs contrary to the legal principle of innocent until proven guilty. It therefore appears that Daniel is incapable of receiving a fair trial, not just in Ireland but elsewhere in the world due to the barrage of media accusations and coverage.

"He is a legitimate businessman who has the trust and respect of leading international figures in his industry.

"Daniel has worked tirelessly over the last decade and a half protecting the interests of the fighters whose trust and respect he treasures.

"That trust and respect is built on his unfaltering focus to secure for them the best opportunities and to ensure they are not exploited by anyone.

"He advises countless fighters that work with various managers and promoters around the globe.

"His integrity and success have gained him the trust and respect of legendary personalities within the global industry, both athletes and businessmen.

"He has been publicly endorsed by many of these leading figures who, unlike those accusing him, know him, work with him and respect and trust him.

"Despite the manufactured and opportunistic negative public response Daniel remains resolute and determined to defend his character and reputation and to hold accountable those who continue to lie and spread baseless false accounts about him and his work.

"As he states: 'A lie repeated one hundred times is still a lie.

My wish, as is my God-given right, is to continue my professional and family life in peace and without continued harassment and I will vigorously defend my right to do so'.”

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