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Questioning of Irishman held over Gary Hutch murder continues

The man was arrested yesterday in relation to the September 2015 death.

A major Irish criminal has been arrested in Spain Source: Garda Press Office

POLICE WERE CONTINUING to quiz an Irishman held over the gangland murder of Gary Hutch.

Sources close to the case confirmed he had been arrested in the Costa del Sol resort of Estepona yesterday morning and several properties had been searched.

This is part of a new operation to track down those involved in the September 2015 killing.

The man is expected to appear in court at the weekend, although Spanish police have 72 hours to hold him and can apply for an extension.

Gardaí are understood to have travelled to Spain to take part in the new operation, which follows the operation in mid-September dubbed Operation Geraneo.

6/10/2015 Gary Hutch Funerals Scenes Pictured is the funeral of criminal Gary Hutch at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sean McDermott Street. Source: Photocall Ireland

It is not clear at this stage where the new suspect, who has not been charged with any crime and wouldn’t be formally accused until shortly before trial, is being held.

A secrecy order placed over the case following the arrest by the investigating judge continued to be in operation today, preventing public officials from making any comment.

A spokesman for the Guardia Civil in Malaga said: “I am not at liberty to say anything.”

A well-placed source said: “An Irish national was arrested in the municipality of Estepona yesterday morning morning by officers investigating the murder of Gary Hutch.
“Searches of several properties have also taken place.”

The man who was arrested yesterday would be well-known around the MGM Gym in the area.

 

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