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Kinahan's combat sports adviser role gets the royal approval

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Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

Crime boss Daniel Kinahan has been hired as a special adviser to a sports company backed by the Bahraini royal family.

The announcement was made in the same week that his mob were publicly named in open Irish court for the first time.

Kinahan (41), who gardai say is the leader of the organised crime group, has been in exile in the Middle East since the outbreak of the gangland feud in 2016, which has claimed up to 18 lives to date.

He was previously described in a Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) affidavit to the High Court as managing and controlling the day-to-day drug trafficking operations of the gang.

Entrusted

However, more recently there have been efforts to distance Kinahan from organised crime, and this week boxing promoter Bob Arum said he should be entrusted with finding a Middle East location for a potential meeting between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.

It was announced yesterday that Kinahan has been appointed in a special advisory role to KHK Sports, an organisation based in Bahrain.

The company was founded in 2015 by Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the fifth son of Bahrain ruler King Hamad and the president of the Bahrain Olympic Committee.

KHK Sports is predominately involved in martial arts "in addition to investing in many other areas including European soccer clubs".

In a statement, Kinahan was described as an "international boxing power broker" who has been involved in combat sports at the highest level.

He was also quoted in a media release as saying: "It is an honour for me to work with His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Mr. Mohammed Shahid and the entire the team at KHK Sports.

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Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa

Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa

Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa

"We will create opportunities for Bahraini fighters on the international stage while attracting the biggest names in the sport to the kingdom."

The news comes only days after the Kinahan organised crime group was named in open Irish court for the first time.

In the sentencing hearing of Mark Capper (31), described as a foot soldier, the crime gang's cell structure as well as its involvement in the drugs and firearms trade was revealed.

Detective Superintendent David Gallagher outlined to the non-jury Special Criminal Court how the Kinahan gang operated a hierarchical structure, with compartmentalised "sub-cells" acting independently.

Capper had pleaded guilty in relation to knowing that a hit on Patsy Hutch - an older brother of Gerry 'The Monk' - was due to take place between February and March 2018.

Det Supt Gallagher told the court he was satisfied the criminal organisation that targeted Hutch was the Kinahan gang.

He said it was a criminal organisation involved in serious offences.