US Crackdown Targets Boxing Figure Accused of Organized Crime

The US government on Tuesday announced a heavy attack on Daniel Kinahan, the accused head of an Irish organized crime group that has long been involved in boxing, including with one of its biggest stars, Tyson Fury.

$ 5 million bounties were offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Kinahan; his father, Christy; and his brother Christy Jr. The US Treasury Department also announced financial sanctions against the Kinahans, other members of its group and a number of affiliated companies, including a sports management company based in the United Arab Emirates, where US officials say Kinahan is now alive.

Credit …US State Department

“The Kinahan Organized Crime Group smuggles deadly drugs, including cocaine, to Europe, and is a threat to the entire legal economy through its role in international money laundering,” said Brian Nelson, the Treasury Department’s secretary of terrorism and financial intelligence. said in a statement.

Kinahan has previously been represented by the British law firm Brandsmiths in defamation cases. Adam Morallee, a partner at Brandsmiths, said in an email that he had “reached out for instructions” but had not yet heard from Kinahan. Kinahan’s lawyers in the United States did not respond to a request for comment on the sanctions.

At a press conference in Dublin, Greg Gatjanis, an associate director of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, compared the Kinahan group with the Camorra in Italy, the yakuza in Japan and Los Zetas in Mexico.

Outside of Ireland, however, Daniel Kinahan, 44, is best known for his deep influence in boxing. In 2012, he founded MTK Global, a boxing and mixed martial arts company that represents top British boxers such as Fury, Billy Joe Saunders and Michael Conlan.

MTK Global, which was not subject to sanctions by the US government, said it broke ties with Kinahan after a shooting in 2016 at the Regency Hotel in Dublin on the verge of a planned boxing match between Jamie Kavanagh and Antonio João Bento. According to reports in the Irish news media, it is believed that Kinahan was the target of the shooting, which killed a Kinahan employee.

John O’Driscoll, an assistant commissioner for the Irish National Police Service, said the shooting was a pivotal moment that led police to stop thinking of the Kinahans as a “group of criminals lying and engaged are dealing with crime in Dublin “and began to think of them as” a transnational organized crime group that has a significant wealth. “

Even after the 2016 shooting, Kinahan’s connections to boxing have remained. In February, he posed for a photo with Fury in Dubai, and last month, he posed for a photo with Mauricio Sulaimán, the president of the World Boxing Council, a sanctioning organization in the sport. Kinahan was also involved in the eventual failed negotiations to secure a lucrative two-fight deal between Fury and Anthony Joshua.

Athletes and sports officials were called upon to sever all ties with the Kinahans by Drew Harris, the head of the Irish National Police Service.

“As for some individuals, prominent sportsmen who are somehow connected to this group, I would say you need to look at your sport, at your fans, and think about your own reputation,” Harris said.

Harris also warned British broadcasters who have shown fights with Fury and other fighters affiliated with MTK Global to “look after their own company” and consider if they still want to get involved with them.

The sanctions against Kinahan and those associated with Kinahan’s organized crime group, which the authorities said were worth more than a billion dollars, are trying to cut them off from much of the world’s financial system. All of their property and money in the United States is blocked, and U.S. citizens, like everyone else on U.S. soil, are almost completely prohibited from doing business with them.

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