Wednesday 18 July 2018

Dutch man remanded in false papers case

Gardai targeting the Kinahan cartel arrested Naoufal Fassih (Collins Dublin)
Gardai targeting the Kinahan cartel arrested Naoufal Fassih (Collins Dublin)

A judge has asked the DPP to make progress in the case of a Dutch man arrested in a luxury Dublin apartment during a Garda operation targeting the Kinahan crime cartel.

Naoufal Fassih (35), who is of Moroccan origin, faced bogus passport charges and appeared again at Cloverhill District Court yesterday. He was further remanded in custody to appear on June 3. A State solicitor said a garda had to make some enquiries and directions from the DPP would be finalised in two weeks.

Fassih had been refused bail on April 15 by Judge Cormac Dunne at Dublin District Court after gardai argued that he was a flight risk.

He is charged three offences under the Theft and Fraud Act for possessing a fake Belgian and a false Dutch passport and using them to incite an other to believe they were real.

He was arrested at an apartment on Lower Baggot Street on April 7, the court heard, where runners worth €800 and three designer watches worth €83,000 were found. He is also charged with possession of a small quantity of cannabis.

Gardai later established his real name and that he is a Dutch national.

A decision has yet to be made on whether the case will remain in the district court or go forward to the circuit court. Fassih has not yet entered a plea.

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