Dutch national loses detention challenge

A man arrested in a Dublin apartment which gardaí believed to be linked to the Kinahan organised crime gang has lost a High Court challenge to the legality of his detention following a refusal of bail.

Just hours before Mr Justice Seamus Noonan refused the challenge by Naoufal Fassih, aged 35, a Dutch national originally from Morocco, his fresh application for bail was refused by the district court.

Mr Justice Noonan rejected arguments that Mr Fassih was not given a fair hearing before being refused bail, for the first time, by the district court on April 15.

Before refusing bail on that date, the district court adjourned the matter four times to allow Mr Fassih to provide evidence which should have been available from the outset, he said.

There was no fundamental denial of justice and no fundamental flaw in this case, he ruled. Mr Fassih had suffered little or no prejudice as a result, because he was always free to renew his bail application.

Mr Fassih was arrested on April 7 at an apartment on Lower Baggot St. He was brought before Dublin District Court the following day.

He gave a different name on arrest, the court was told. He is charged with having two false instruments, a Belgian national identity card and a Dutch passport, both bearing different names.

Warrant hearing

Naoufal Fassih also appeared in court on foot of a European Arrest Warrant issued by Dutch authorities.

Sergeant Sean Fallon told the High Court that Dutch police want Mr Fassih, 35, to face charges of assault, money laundering, and possession of false documents.

Justice Aileen Donnelly remanded Mr Fassih in custody until May 9.


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