Joe Bruno on the Mob – Fat Freddie Thompson Extradited to Spain


Well it looks like Fat Freddie Thompson may be in for a long stretch in a Spanish prison.

Thompson was arrested in mid-October in Dublin, Ireland, on the basis of a European Arrest Warrant issued from Malaga, Spain last year. It seems that Thompson, while he was in Spain, was wiretapped having several conversations with associate Gary Hutch. In these conversations, the Spanish authorities claim the two men were discussing the distribution of drugs in Spain, Portugal, and Amsterdam.

The Spanish police also says that Thompson was a bodyguard and chauffeur for the Christy Kinahan crime family, whom Thompson has recently fallen out of favor with. In a undercover operation called Operation Shovel, the Spanish police gathered information which they say proves that the Kinahan Crime Family is “heavily involved in gun crime, drug trafficking and money laundering through a complex network of companies.”

After staying in a Dublin jail for several days, Thompson has agreed to be extradited to Spain to stand trial. If convicted of the charges in Spain, Thompson could spend up to nine years in prison.

Before he agreed to be extradited to Spain, Thompson tried in vain to get the government to pick up his lawyer’s tab. Thompson’s counsel John Berry argued in court that Thompson was basically indigent and has been supported by his mother for the past few years. Thompson did have a €20,000 settlement he received in road accident claim three years ago, but Berry said that money has already been spent. The judge didn’t buy Berry’s argument, saying that Thompson appears to travel freely whenever he wants to (you need money to do so), and that Thompson is not registered to pay tax in Ireland, nor does he receive social welfare.

Thompson has been placed in a special protection unit in jail, because the government fears some of his former colleagues may be out to get Thompson, and also because they fear Thompson may instigate some violence of his own in prison. Also, Thompson is not allowed any visitors except for his lawyer.

Stay tuned for more developments in the Fat Freddy Thompson saga.

The article below can be seen at:

‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson consents to extradition to Spain
19/10/2011 – 16:00:36

‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson has consented to his extradition to Spain to face charges that he is a member of a criminal gang involved in drugs and arms trafficking.

The 30-year-old from Loreto Road, Maryland, Dublin was arrested last Friday on a European Arrest Warrant issued from Malaga last year.

While appearing relaxed at times in court, Mr Thompson seemed impatient for today’s proceedings to wrap up.

The 30-year-old has agreed to his immediate surrender to police in Spain, where he will face three charges of being part of an international criminal organisation that deal in weapons and drugs.

If convicted, he could face up to nine years in a Spanish prison.

The judge refused him legal aid after State lawyers objected on the grounds that while Thompson appears to travel freely and frequently from the jurisdiction, he is not registered for tax, nor is he in receipt of social welfare.

Thompson’s counsel John Berry argued to no avail that his client has been supported by his mother and that €20,000 compensation received in road accident claims three years ago had been spent.

Gardai in Spain for ‘Fat’ Freddie handover deal

By Ken Foy, Crime correspondent,

DUBLIN detectives have travelled to Spain to negotiate the handover of gangster ‘Fat’ Freddie Thompson.

Sources say that gardai are spending a number of days with their Spanish counterparts examining evidence against Thompson.

“This is standard procedure in a case like this,” a source said.

Thompson is due to appear before the High Court today where he is expected to apply for bail after being remanded in custody on Friday when he was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant.

Spanish authorities want to extradite him to Spain and they allege that Thompson operated as a bodyguard and chauffeur for the Christy Kinahan drugs organisation, which was targeted in a massive international police operation in May, 2010, known as Operation Shovel.

Spanish authorities say that the Kinahan organisation is heavily involved in gun crime, drug trafficking and money laundering through a complex network of companies.

Sources have revealed that in the weeks before his arrest, Thompson had fallen out of favour with the Kinahan mob — organisation who his gang has been sourcing drugs from for over a decade.

A European Arrest Warrant has also been issued for Thompson’s close pal Gary Hutch (30) but gardai have not been able to find him.

The Herald has previously revealed that Thompson’s arrest warrant contains explosive details about a phone call tapped by Spanish police in December, 2009, between ‘Fat’ Freddie and Hutch in which the two criminals discuss firearms.

The warrant also alleged that ‘Fat’ Freddie and Hutch travelled together to Portugal in November, 2009 and Amsterdam in May, 2010, to organise drug shipments.

The warrant also states that Hutch and Thompson lived together in Spain and were “right-hand men” of Daniel Kinahan — the son of Ireland’s richest drugs trafficker Christy Kinahan.

Also mentioned on the warrant is Ross Browning (27) from north inner city Dublin who is alleged to have collected a major Irish criminal from Malaga Airport in May, 2010, in a car which was also regularly used by the notorious criminal Hutch.

Browning was one of around 30 people arrested by police investigating Kinahan’s drug organisation last year.

He was released without charge after being questioned for a number of days by Spanish authorities.

Since being sent to Cloverhill Prison on Friday, Thompson has been placed in the protection unit in the jail because of fears that he may become a victim of a feud related attack or that he may orchestrate violence within the prison.

It is understood he has had no visitors in jail.


3 Responses to “Joe Bruno on the Mob – Fat Freddie Thompson Extradited to Spain”

  1. Under EU law he is entitled to legal representation, translation /translator and can also ask to go to the higher court. “Primary Law!

  2. Same in America, except for the higher court.

    • The arrest warrent EAW will be under EU law under EU law he should not have been extradited unless they were ready to go to court. There is a new law coming out called an European Investigation Order EIO which means a suspect can be extradited for investigation. But this has so far been signed by eight EU members IE not being one of them, it has not been ratified and already abused. Fair Trials are objecting stating the laws could be abused as in FFreddy case. i.e.: brought to Spain and bailed

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