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Alan Shatter has said eight Irish soldiers and 18 from the UK will travel to Mali to train military units

Alan Shatter has said eight Irish soldiers and 18 from the UK will travel to Mali to train military units

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Alan Shatter has said eight Irish soldiers and 18 from the UK will travel to Mali to train military units

A BROTHER-in-law of Justice Minister Alan Shatter has been arrested by gardai in relation to a fraud probe.

Howard Danker, who is in his 40s, was arrested and quizzed at Dun Laoghaire Garda Station yesterday.

It is understood Mr Danker was detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

He was released without charge and a file is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.It is believed the arrest was made by detectives assigned to the garda fraud squad as part of a probe into the management of properties.

Mr Danker and his family lived in Marbella in Spain but has returned to Ireland in recent times.

Minister Shatter did not return calls and his spokeswoman at the Department of Justice did not comment.

It comes exactly two years after Mr Shatter's wife Carol, a sister of Mr Danker, was convicted of drink driving.

Mum-of-two Carol Shatter (57) was fined €300 and disqualified from driving for a year at Dublin District Court.

At the time, Mr Shatter was involved in negotiations with the Labour party in advance of the formation of the current Government in which he was appointed Minister for Justice.

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