Drug baron Gilligan penning memoirs

Drug trafficker and one time chief suspect in the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin – John Gilligan is to write a book in a bid to dispel what he claims are the half truths written about his life of crime.

Gilligan, who was tried and acquitted in 2002 of killing Ms Guerin, is five years into a 20-year prison sentence in Portlaoise Prison for possession of 20,000 kilos of cannabis resin.

And the notorious gangster is now using his time in the high security jail to pen his life story, including his version of the events surrounding Ms Guerin’s death.

With a working title of ‘Summary Judgement’, the book allegedly contains a string of exhibits which were not included in Gilligan’s drugs trial and the Guerin murder case.

It is understood that photos will also be included along with details of Gilligan’s early life and the time he spent at sea.

Veronica Guerin was killed in a ruthless gun attack as she sat in her car at traffic lights on the Naas dual carriageway near Dublin in June 1996. She was shot five times from point blank range by the pillion passenger on a motorcycle.

In a statement issued through his publicist and legal advisor Giovanni di Stefano, the drugs lord claimed his side of the story had yet to be told.

“Too many untruths and half truths have been written about me that my side of things has never been aired other than in court and it’s time all know about the way the Irish Legal system works,” he said.

“And I hope those that read it will understand that it’s not all it’s said to be – Irish Justice.”

A publishing company has yet to formally sign a deal for the book, but it is understood several leading companies are said to be interested.

Last month, the High Court cleared the way for the Criminal Assets Bureau to proceed with an application to have Gilligan’s Jessbrook equestrian centre in Kildare, valued at around 10 million euro, seized.

The confiscation orders being sought by CAB also relate to lands near Enfield, Co Kildare, and two houses in Lucan, Dublin.

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