Anotorious Estonian hitman who travelled to Ireland to carry out a murder for the Kinahan Gang has been caged for six years.
Estonian hitman who came to Dublin on murder mission caged for 6 years
Imre Arakas, who was under garda surveillance, flew into Ireland on a murder mission to take out James “Mago” Gately.
The Special Criminal Court was told that Arakas bought a wig in Dublin city and used an encrypted Blackberry phone to receive information about the movements and location of Mr Gately in Northern Ireland.
The 60-year-old former wrestler, from the Estonian capital Tallinn, Estonia, has admitted conspiring with others to murder Mr Gately between April 3 and April 4 last year.
This morning he was sentenced to jail for his part in the Kinahan conspiracy organised ultimately by Daniel Kinahan.
In their judgement the three judge panel led by Mr Justice Tony Hunt praises the work of Gardai particularly that of Detective Garda Sean O’Neill who in a quick move took images of messages on Arakas encrypted phone before they were deleted.
They said Arakas was “determined” and “ready and able to participate” to launch the murder bid.
Arakas is also wanted in another country in relation to other cases.
He will serve his sentence first in Ireland.