Gardai arrest waiter who had PPS number linked to terrorist
Gardai are attempting to determine how a Moroccan national working here came into possession of a Personal Public Service (PPS) number registered to one of the London Bridge attackers.
Detectives from the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) arrested the man on Monday evening, after receiving intelligence that he had documents linked to 30-year-old Rachid Redouane.
The Herald has learned that the Moroccan man was working as a waiter in Limerick and was using a PPS number previously linked to Redouane.
However, following initial inquiries, gardai do not believe the man came into direct contact with the terrorist.
He was held at Roxboro Garda Station in Limerick city for several hours, but was eventually released without charge.
Detectives are in the process of establishing if the documents containing Redouane's information are authentic or if they were forged.
A file is now being prepared for the DPP.
"A man was arrested on the evening of June 5, 2017, for offences under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act 2001 and was detained under Section 4 of Criminal Justice Act 1994," a garda spokeswoman said.
A senior source said last night that the arrested man was not suspected of being directly associated with the London terror attacker.
"This does not appear to be terror-related and the individual who was arrested may have been unaware until now of who the documentation he was using belonged to," a source told the Herald.
"Documents bearing a PPS number linked to Redouane were found and were used for employment rather than for anything more sinister.
"At this stage gardai have nothing to suggest that he was ever even in direct contact with Redouane."
Redouane (30) was a pastry chef who was first recorded as being in Dublin in 2012, along with his wife Charisse O'Leary (38), who is originally from the UK.
Security sources have said the terror attacker lived at an apartment block in Rathmines, south Dublin, with Ms O'Leary.
They were there on and off over a period of four years.
Redouane and Ms O'Leary married in Ireland on November 7, 2012, before moving to the UK.
They returned in 2016, before leaving again in March of that year, records show.
Authorities have not yet established how and when Redouane originally entered Ireland, and believe he made several return trips to pass UK immigration checks.