Sunday, May 8, 2022

Estonian hitman Imre Arakas - I am not a criminal

Estonian hitman Imre Arakas gave evidence via video link from prison to a murder trial in Lithuanian last year. He is charged with killing a drug dealer. The 63 year old is serving a 6.5 year sentence over a plot to murder James ‘Mago’ Gately, part of the Kinahan-Hutch feud. Gately was a prime target for the Kinahan faction with a €500k bounty on his head. Gately was believed to be involved in the Regency Hotel attack. Arakas flew into Dublin from Spain in April, 2017 to kill Gately but was busted by gardai before he got his chance. When the Arakas plot was foiled, the cartel wasted no time in arranging another. 'Mr Flashy' assassin Caolan Smyth was caged for 20 years for his attempted hit of Gately.
Caolan Smyth was arrested after the attack on James 'Mago' Gately who was shot five times in 2017 but survived. 4 of the 5 shots hit a bulletproof vest he was wearing. Seven men with links to the Kinahan cartel are now behind bars for plots to kill Gately.