Dubai arrests notorious British gang leader

Dubai arrests notorious British gang leader
Craig Martin Moran has a long history of criminal activity. (Dubai Police)
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Updated 30 July 2020

Dubai arrests notorious British gang leader

Dubai arrests notorious British gang leader
  • Craig Martin Moran was arrested by the police after a Red Notice was issued by Interpol
  • He was extradited to the UK after his case was referred to Dubai’s public prosecution

DUBAI: A British national wanted for drug and weapons trafficking in the United Kingdom has been arrested in Dubai, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.

Craig Martin Moran was arrested by the police after a Red Notice was issued by Interpol, UAE daily The National reported. Moran is the leader of Colin Gunn, a notorious gang in the UK.

Khalil Ibrahm Al-Mansouri, assistant commander of criminal investigation affairs at Dubai police, said they set up a task force to catch Moran, in coordination with British authorities.

He said artificial intelligence was used to locate the gang leader and “closely observe” his movements before the arrest.

“He was inside his car after leaving his Dubai residence when the force team members raided his car and were able to control and arrest him,” Dubai’s Criminal Investigation Department chief Jamal Al-Jalaf said.

Moran has a long record of criminal offenses, including armed robbery and drug dealing, and was first imprisoned at the age of 16.

He was extradited to the UK after his case was referred to Dubai’s public prosecution.


Denmark halts UAE flights for five days over COVID-19

Denmark halts UAE flights for five days over COVID-19
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Denmark halts UAE flights for five days over COVID-19

Denmark halts UAE flights for five days over COVID-19
  • The statement said the UAE was communicating with Danish authorities “to clarify the details and cases”

COPENHAGEN: The UAE said on Friday it was in talks with Denmark after the Nordic country temporarily halted all flights arriving from the Gulf Arab state, a major travel hub, due to potentially unreliable coronavirus tests in Dubai.

Denmark’s transport ministry said the five-day travel restrictions, comes after concerns were raised about the coronavirus tests administered in Dubai before departure. It added it had taken the decision after a detailed tip-off, without elaborating.
“All accredited UAE testing centers are regularly subject to strict quality checks,” the UAE foreign ministry said, adding there are severe penalties for non-compliance with international standards to ensure the highest level of quality in testing.
The statement said the UAE was communicating with Danish authorities “to clarify the details and cases” behind the decision in order to guarantee the safety of all travelers.
Denmark earlier this month made it mandatory for travelers to show a negative test from the previous 24 hours before departure toward Denmark from all countries.
Late on Friday, Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Twitter 50 persons with COVID-19 had flown in from Dubai in January alone. 33 of those arrived after Denmark made it mandatory to test negative for COVID-19 before departure.
Several Danish celebrities, including former footballer Nicklas Bendtner, were criticized earlier this month after Danish media reported they had traveled to regional tourism hub Dubai on holiday despite the government advising against going abroad to limit the spread of the coronavirus.