Daniel Kinahan

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Daniel Kinahan (born 25 June 1977[1]) is an Irish reputed gang boss and boxing promoter from Dublin. He has been named by the High Court of Ireland as a senior figure in organised crime on a global scale.[2][3][4][5] The Criminal Assets Bureau has stated he "controlled and managed" the operations of the Kinahan Organised Crime Group (commonly referred to by the media as the Kinahan Cartel), a criminal organisation which smuggles drugs and firearms into Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe and "has associations that facilitate international criminal activity in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America".[6][7][8][9][10] The Kinahan Cartel is party to the Hutch–Kinahan feud, which has resulted in 18 murders, most of which have taken place on the streets of Dublin since September 2015.[11][12][13][14]

Kinahan was reported to have fled his "safe-haven" of Dubai on 9 July 2020 as a result of the EncroChat probes.[15]

Early life

Kinahan was born in 1977. He is the eldest son of Jean Boylan[16] and Christy Kinahan, a convicted drug dealer widely reported to be the founder and leader of the Kinahan Cartel.[17] He grew up in Tallaght, then Oliver Bond flats.[18]

In 2001, Kinahan was one of five people arrested in connection with a "vicious attack" on two members of the Garda Síochána (Irish police) outside Shelbourne Park greyhound stadium in May of that year. He was charged with assault and refused bail by Dublin District Court in July 2001. In January 2002, the charges were dropped.[1]

Kinahan Cartel

In a 2009 diplomatic cable sent from a US embassy in South America to The Pentagon, Kinahan was described as a "suspected international drug-trafficking figure".[1]

Kinahan was arrested in Spain in 2010, during a joint Spanish–Irish–British operation, in which SOCA, the predecessor to the UK's National Crime Agency, deployed more than 200 officers in the arrest phase of the multinational drug trafficking inquiry.[19]

Kinahan was the reported target of the 2016 Regency Hotel Shooting in which three people were shot, including Kinahan associate David Byrne (32), who was shot dead.[20][21] It was reported that the Garda Síochána believed Kinahan fled the attack by jumping out a window.[20] He has also been the target of at least one more assassination attempt.[19]

In 2018, a Spanish police officer told a court in Marbella that Kinahan had ordered the murder of gang rival Gary Hutch on the Costa del Sol in 2015.[22]

As of 2019, Kinahan lived in Dubai with brother Christopher Kinahan Jr.[23]

He is banned from entering the US, having been placed on a list of "narco terrorists", compiled by the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration. There are 27 other associates of the Kinahan Cartel who are also banned from entering the US.[24] His father, Christy Kinahan, and brother Christopher Jr, are also barred from entering the US.[19] Kinahan is reported to be a target for the UK's National Crime Agency.[19]

DEA documents sent to the Dutch police exposed what would be a super drug cartel headed by Daniel Kinahan, Raffaele Imperiale (Camorra's drugs and arms dealer), Ridouan Taghi (Dutch criminal, now in jail) and Edin Gačanin (Bosnian drug trafficker). The group was observed by the DEA having meetings in the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, the base of the alleged cartel. The meetings took place in 2017, however, it only reached the Dutch media in October 2019. The DEA regards this as one of the world's fifty largest drug cartels, with a virtual monopoly of Peruvian cocaine and it would control around a third of the cocaine trade in Europe. According to the DEA documents, the destination for all the drugs shipments would be the Dutch ports.[25][26][27]


He was married at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.[28] Guests included Ridouan Taghi, Ricardo Riquelme Vega (AKA El Rico), Naoufal Fassih and Raffaele Imperiale.[28] Dutch police are investigating claims by a man known as Nabil B that they were working together.[28] Messages recovered from Ennetcom servers have also supported claims that the criminals in question are doing business.[28]

Boxing promotion controversy

In 2012 Kinahan founded MTK Global (originally named MGM) with Irish boxer Matthew Macklin in Marbella, Spain. Since its founding, MTK Global has signed a host of world-class fighters, such as Tyson Fury. In 2017, in the wake of the shooting of David Byrne of which Kinahan was considered the main target, MTK Global cut its ties with Kinahan.[29] However, he has remained a prominent figure in the international boxing world, including as an advisor and matchmaker for Fury.[30]

Despite cutting ties with MTK Global in February 2017, Kinahan remained an active figure in global boxing. On 10 June 2020, it was reported that Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua had reached an agreement in principle for a two-fight deal, which pundits touted as the "biggest fight in British boxing history". Fury publicly thanked Kinahan for helping to broker the agreement. "Big shout-out Dan, he got this done, literally over the line, two-fight deal, Tyson Fury versus Anthony Joshua next year." he said.[31]

In June 2020, the Irish government expressed its "outrage" over the involvement of Kinahan in the brokering of the proposed boxing agreement, leading to Kinahan being named in the Irish parliament, Dáil Éireann, and being singled out by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the country's prime minister.[32] The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs contacted authorities in the United Arab Emirates regarding Kinahan.[33] BBC News reported that "politicians, police officers and the public in Ireland are keen that the outside world get to know what they call the real Daniel Kinahan."[34]

Also in June 2020, Kinahan, who served as a "special adviser" to KHK Sports was dropped from the role after just a month. KHK Sports, owned by Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, a son of the king of Bahrain, enlisted the assistance of the head of international media relations for the Bahrain government, in communicating the statement of Kinahan's termination in the role to media outlets directly.[35][36]

Later in June 2020 Tyson Fury ended his relationship with Kinahan, according to Bob Arum.[37]

Panorama documentary

In February 2021 BBC Panorama broadcast a report on Kinahan's involvement in boxing.[38] Barry McGuigan spoke of intimidation in boxing.[38] Daniel Kinahan denied the allegations.[38]

Robert Smith, of the British Boxing Board of Control, said that there was nothing that the Board could do about Kinahan.[39] On the Panorama programme, lawyers acting for MTK Global confirmed that Kinahan was still advising fighters.[39] Smith said "It was disappointing for the sport, obviously, but the gentleman is not licensed by the British Boxing Board in any capacity. We don’t license MTK as a promoter. We license individuals so the named promoter is Lee Eaton and he is the only person we deal with."[39] (Lee Eaton is an employee of MTK Global.[39]) Smith said that a loophole in the regulations of the Board meant that they were powerless to regulate "advisers" such as Kinahan.[39]

On 5 February the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) announced that the Panorama team who produced the documentary had been threatened.[40][41][42] One journalist was forced to move out of his home in Northern Ireland and his family were moved to a secure location under PSNI protection due to a threat to his life.[43]

On 7 February 2021 Billy Joe Saunders sent journalist Nicola Tallant direct messages on Twitter challenging her "write something positive about Daniel Kinahan" in exchange for being granted a face-to-face interview with Kinahan.[44] Tallant, who writes for the Sunday World, rejected the offer.[44]

On 8 February 2021, Kinahan issued a statement to Talksport in the UK denying that he was part of any criminal organisation.[45][46] He also denied making threats to a journalist and confirmed that he was still involved in boxing.[45][46] He claimed the Panorama programme "was a rehash of unsubstantiated allegations that have been made previously on many occasions".[45][46] He criticised the Special Criminal Court (despite being named as very senior figure in organised crime on a global scale by the High Court[47] – not the SCC) and said he had no convictions.[45][46] Kinahan has never contested findings of fact made against him in Irish courts.[48]

Summons issued

In December 2020 a racketeering summons was served to him in Qatar by US lawyers.[49][50] Boxing promoter Moses Herrida file a civil cause of action over the signing of Joseph Diaz while he was under contract to Herrida Boxing Management.[49][50] He alleged that after Diaz won the world championship in 2020 MTK had offered him an advance of $100,000 (₡81,500) in breach of a five year contract the boxer had signed with HBM.[49][50] Herrida also claims that Daniel Kinahan and MTK are in breach of the RICO Act, which can be used in civil cases.[49][50] Herrida alleges that Kinahan founded MTK Global as a "front business" to launder illicit proceeds from drug trafficking and that despite claims that Kinahan is no longer involved with the organisation he is still "influencing and controlling" it.[49][50] Kinahan has to file a response with the United States District Court for the Central District of California or face judgement being entered against him by default.[49][50]

Companies owned or operated by Daniel Kinahan


Kinahan has been the owner of several companies in Ireland, sometimes with his aunt Denise Kinahan:[51] Moses Hereida had filed a civil suit allegeing that Daniel Kinahan and MTK Global had

Company Location Date opened Date closed Claimed purpose Director Secretary Note
Fairfold Ltd[51] Bluebell, Dublin[51] 22 November 1999[51] June 2002[51] import and export[51] Daniel Kinahan[51] Denise Kinahan[51]
Green Clean Clinical Ltd[51] Whitefriar Place, Dublin[51] September 2000[51] January 2004[51] contracted cleaning services for "office and industrial spaces"[51] Daniel Kinahan[51] Denise Kinahan[51]
The Curious Cat Ltd[51] Whitefriar Place, Dublin (same address as Green Clean)[51] October 2000[51] January 2004[51] interior design, furnishing and carpet supply Daniel Kinahan on board[51]
unnamed furniture company[51] Clanbrassil Street, Dublin[51] 1999[51] 2003[51] furniture shop Daniel Kinahan on board[51] His address was given as Oliver Bond House.[51]

None of these companies ever filed any accounts.[51]


Daniel Kinahan has also been connected to companies in Spain:[52]

Company Location Date opened Accounts last presented Status Claimed purpose Note
Warm Beach SL[52] Nueva Andalucia[52] August 2006[52] August 2006[52] Assets frozen as of 2016[52] real estate, clothes and toy import-export[52] Daniel Kinahan listed as a director[52]
The Score Emerald Group SL[52] Nueva Andalucia[52] April 2005[52] Assets frozen as of 2016[52] building firm[52] Daniel Kinahan listed as a director[52]
Sea Dream Homes SL[52] 2007[52] in liquidation as of 2016[52] import-export, also sale of retail and wholesale items such as clothing, perfulmes, toys and electronics Daniel Kinahan linked to company[52]
Minotauro Trading[52] Estepona[52] 2007[52] real estate, management of sporting activities, management of car parks, import-export of plants and seeds, insecticides Daniel Kinahan listed as director and sole shareholder,[52] Denise Kinahan listed as administrator[52]


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