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Monday 5 December 2016

On-the-run sex offender nabbed at Dublin Airport as he tries to flee to Dubai

Mian Mujahid Ali Shahid
Mian Mujahid Ali Shahid

A DANGEROUS sex offender on the run in Ireland was dramatically arrested in Dublin Airport last night as he tried to board a flight to Dubai.

A hunt had been ongoing for Pakistani national Mian Shahid (19) after he was spotted in Foynes in Limerick in early August.

Dangerous

Gardai began their search for the sex offender after UK police requested their assistance and a European

arrest warrant was issued for him.

Shahid was convicted in his absence in Britain of two counts of sexual assault of an 18-year-old female.

He was convicted at Stafford Crown Court on April 13 and a warrant was issued for his arrest a day later.

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He now faces 30 months in jail for the offence.

Shahid’s freedom came to an abrupt halt last night when his name is believed to have appeared on a database at Dublin Airport after he booked a flight to Dubai.

Shahid was arrested by gardai as he attempted to board a flight at 10.40pm.

He was taken to Clontarf Garda Station and is expected to appear at a special sitting of the High Court later today.

Last Thursday, gardai appealed to the public for assistance when exhaustive enquiries over 10 days failed to locate Shahid.

The Sex Offender Management and Intelligence Unit was involved in the capture of Shahid. It is responsible for monitoring convicted sex offenders on a national basis in conjunction with local gardai.

It works closely with other European police authorities, including the those in the UK, with regard to sex offenders.

A European arrest warrant was issued for Mian Mujahid Ali Shahid – known as Mian Shahid – and

gardai appealed for information on his whereabouts.

Gardai believe that their public appeal made Shahid try to flee Ireland in a hurry.

Failed

They had carried out extensive enquires, but failed to establish his whereabouts until last night.

Detectives are continuing to liaise closely with Police Scotland and the Staffordshire Police.

Gardai had also appealed for the driver of a car in which Shahid was seen travelling in on August 11 to contact them.

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