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Mullet over Kinahan hitman sports mullet hairdo and says he's 'not a criminal' as he gives evidence from jail

The 62-year-old is challenging a bid to extradite him to Lithuania over allegations he was part of a gang who conspired to murder a drug dealer

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Imre Arakas looks very different

Imre Arakas looks very different

Imre Arakas looks very different

This is Estonian hitman Imre Arakas giving evidence via video link from Portlaoise Prison to a murder trial in Lithuanian.

This week, the 62-year-old, who is in poor health, was before Ireland's High Court where he is challenging a bid to extradite him to Lithuanian over allegations he was part of a gang who conspired to murder a drug dealer.

Veteran criminal Arakas is currently serving a six-year sentence over a plot to murder James ‘Mago’ Gately as part of the Kinahan-Hutch feud.

Lithuanian authorities want Arakas to be extradited to face pre-trial investigation over the murder of Deimantas Bugavicius who was shot dead in a Kaunas in 2015.

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Imre Arakas giving evidence via video link from Portlaoise Prison

Imre Arakas giving evidence via video link from Portlaoise Prison

Imre Arakas giving evidence via video link from Portlaoise Prison

The murder has been widely covered in Lithuania. Bugavicius was previously linked to one of the country's most famous pop stars, Vita Jakutiene.

The Sunday World can reveal Arakas gave evidence in the trial via video link from Portlaoise Prison earlier this year.

According to evidence presented in the case, Arakas travelled to the Lithuanian city of Kaunas along with the two other Estonians and they stayed in an apartment rented by a Lithuanian former boxer Ricardas Baika ahead of the murder of Bugavicius.

Police said they found Arakas' fingerprints and DNA during a search of the apartment.

Arakas told the court he could not explain how his fingerprints and DNA were in the apartment and said he never lived in the apartment.

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Hitman-for-hire Imre Arakas, a number of years ago

Hitman-for-hire Imre Arakas, a number of years ago

Hitman-for-hire Imre Arakas, a number of years ago

The court also heard that police found a number of items during a search of Arakas daughter’s home in Tallinn, Estonia, including masks, camouflage noses, bulletproof vests, camouflage clothes, a rifle searchlight and a map of Lithuania.

When questioned about this in court, Arakas replied: "Lithuanian policemen were very strict, they took a map of Lithuania, things I had for more than 20 years, my son's shoes.

"I don't know who was there, I was in Spain at that time, "said Arakas.

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While the warrant for his arrest claims he was at the scene of the crime Arakas denies this and said he was celebrating a birthday at a Spanish restaurant at the time with a another suspected referred to as Mr Tuuksam.

Asked about other visits to Lithuanian he said he wasn’t there in 2014 or 2015 but was there in 2016.

"But it has nothing to do with D. Bugavicius or criminal activity. I am not a criminal, " he said despite the fact he was convicted of the plot to kill Gately.

Three men are currently on trial in Lithuania in relation to the killing and the verdict in the case is due in a week’s time.

Two of the men are Estonians Arle Grabbi and Erik Ehvert while the third man is Ricardas Baika, who allegedly assisted them.

Gardai have already interviewed Arakas on behalf of Lithuanian authorities and he maintains he was in Spain at the time of the killing.

It is alleged an Eastern European drug gang hired the alleged hit to kill Bugavicius was seen as a rival in the drugs trade.

The trial heard a tracking device was purchased and placed on Bugavicius’s Mercedes Benz car.

A Renault Megane vehicle which was stolen in France was used by the killers to make their way to the killing.

Chemicals used to destroy evidence were purchased in Spain and two 9mm handguns used in the killing were brought to Lithuanian by shuttle bus in the backpack of a person who travelled into the court by shuttle bus and was unaware of the planned crime.

He was shot dead November 6, 2015 as he sat in a Mercedes-Benz car in Kaunas.

Arakas extradition hearing will resume on July 15.

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