The U.S. government announced on Tuesday the brutal crackdown on Daniel Kinahan, the accused leader of an Irish organized crime group that has long been involved in boxing, including with one of its biggest stars, Tyson Fury.
A reward of $ 5 million was offered for information leading to Kinahan’s arrest and conviction; his father Christy; and his brother, Christie Jr., of the U.S. Treasury Department also announced financial sanctions against Kinahan, other members of their group and a number of related businesses, including a sports management company in the United Arab Emirates, where U.S. officials say now Kinahan lives.
“Kinahan’s organized crime group smuggles deadly drugs, including cocaine, into Europe and threatens the entire legitimate economy through its role in international money laundering,” said Brian Nelson, deputy minister for terrorism and financial intelligence at the Treasury Department. , the statement said.
Previously, Kinahan represented the interests of the British law firm Brandsmiths on defamation cases. Adam Morali, a partner at Brandsmiths, said in an email that he had “asked for instructions” but had not yet received it from Kinahan. Kinahan lawyers in the United States have not responded to an email asking them to comment on the sanctions.
At a news conference in Dublin, Greg Gatianis, deputy director of the Treasury’s Office for Foreign Assets Control, compared the Kinahan group to the Italian Comoros, the Yakuza in Japan and Los Zetas in Mexico.
Outside of Ireland, however, 44-year-old Daniel Kinahan is best known for his profound influence in boxing. In 2012, he founded MTK Global, a boxing and mixed martial arts company representing the best British boxers such as Fury, Billy Joe Saunders and Michael Conlan.
MTK Global, which was not subject to US government sanctions, said it had severed ties with Kinahan after a shooting in 2016 at the Regency Hotel in Dublin at the weigh-in for a planned boxing match between Jamie Cavanaugh and Antonio Joao Bento. According to Irish media, it is believed that the target of the shooting, which killed an ally of Kinahan, was Kinahan.
John O’Driscoll, assistant commissioner of the Irish National Police, said the shooting was a key moment that made police stop thinking of Kinahany as a “group of criminals involved in the Dublin crime” and began to think of it as a “transnational organized a criminal group with considerable wealth ”.
Even after the 2016 shoot, Kinahan’s connection to boxing persisted. In February, he was photographed with Fury in Dubai, and last month he was photographed with Mauricio Sulayman, president of the World Boxing Council, a sanctioned organization in the sport. Kinahan also participated in unsuccessful negotiations to conclude a lucrative deal for two fights between Fury and Anthony Joshua.
Drew Harris, head of the National Police of Ireland, called on athletes and sports officials to sever all ties with the Kinahan.
“From the point of view of some famous people who are somehow connected to this group, I would say that you need to look at your sport, your fans and think about your own reputation,” Harris said.
Harris also warned British broadcasters who showed fights involving Fury and other fighters associated with MTK Global to “look at their own business” and consider whether they want to continue to engage with them.
Sanctions against Kinahan and those linked to the organized crime group Kinahan, which the authorities say cost more than $ 1 billion, are aimed at cutting them off from much of the world’s financial system. All of their property and money in the United States are blocked, and U.S. citizens, as well as everyone else in the U.S., are almost completely barred from engaging in transactions with them.