Over 600 Boxing Individuals With Alleged Connection To Kinahan Crime Group Banned From Entering U.S.
The crackdown on Daniel Kinahan continues.
This time it has affected more than 600 individuals with reported connections to the Kinahan organized crime group. They’ve been banned from entering the U.S.
Assistant Garda Commissioner John O’Driscoll announced the figure and said the bans primarily target individuals and businesses associated with professional boxing.
“We’re satisfied that the people concerned who are involved in criminality associated with that organised crime group will be denied entry into other jurisdictions, if they were to try and gain entry,” O’Driscoll said.
“What has been displayed as a consequence of the sanctioning is the connection between the Kinahan organized crime group and, for example, sport – and businesses associated with boxing in particular. And its connections with the US are a particular focus of the US authorities.
“Of course, we’ve seen the wide range of other companies associated with those that are sanctioned. And anyone who has any part to play in any of those companies will be prevented from entering the US.”
The travel bans follow the continuing fallout of Kinahan, who is accused of being one of the main crime lords of Ireland’s most notorious organized crime group.
Over the years, Kinahan has become a prominent figure in the combat sports world, and now anyone with any known association with him is being questioned.
Kinahan was sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Treasury in mid-April. U.S. authorities are offering a $5 million award for any information that could lead to the arrest of Kinahan and a few other alleged members.
The United Arab Emirates eventually stepped in and froze all identified assets of the Kinahan Organized Crime Group. U.S. businesses have been forbidden to conduct any business with them.
Prominent boxing figures like Matchroom Boxing Promoter Eddie Hearn, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, Queensberry Promoter Frank Warren and WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury have been questioned about their relationship with Kinahan – all of whom have been pictured with Kinahan in the past.
O’Driscoll told RTE news that he expects other countries to set similar travel bans soon.