One of Ireland´s most notorious criminlas, Gerard Hutch, 58, known as The Monk” who is wanted in his home country for murder, has been arrested in Fuengirola on the Costa Del Sol by the Spanish National Police,
Gerry Hutch is wanted over the attack at the Regency Airport Hotel,in September 2016, in which David Byrne was murdered.
A European arrest warrant was issued for Mr Hutch in April.
Byrne, a member of a rival gang, run by Daniel Kinahan, who it is believed was the real target, was shot dead by armed men dressed as gardaí officers during the weigh-in of a boxing match.
It is believed that the audacious attack was ordered by Hutch in retaliation for the murder of Gary Hutch, the Monk’s nephew, in Spain in September of 2015.
Hutch was arrested on August 12 and is currently in police custody. He will be moved to Madrid to face extradition procedures.
An Irish Embassy said: “He’s in custody. He was walking down a street, not far away from where he disappeared in April. He got away that time – this time the Spanish and the gardai weren’t going to be given the slip.”
“The Spanish put a lot of resources into this. A lot of time and effort, and so did the gardai. The arrest of Gerard Hutch is a major result for the joint Garda-Spanish international operation and for the Serious and Organised Crime detectives,” the source added.