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

  • 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.


UAE, Israel discuss energy, infrastructure cooperation

Updated 24 September 2020

UAE, Israel discuss energy, infrastructure cooperation

  • They discussed possible investment opportunities in renewable energies

DUBAI/JERUSALEM: The energy ministers of the UAE and Israel discussed possible cooperation and investment opportunities, including natural gas exports to Europe, in a video call on Wednesday, Emirates state news agency WAM reported.
A statement said the two minster discussed possible investment opportunities in energy, infrastructure, oil, gas and renewable energy, as the UAE plans to the shift toward green energies.
During the call, UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Suhail Al-Mazroui “reviewed the UAE Energy Strategy 2050, which is the first unified energy plan in the country that balances production and consumption aspects and global environmental obligations and ensures a comfortable economic environment for growth in all sectors.”
The two sides also focused on advanced technology companies in the field of energy and cybersecurity.
Israel and the UAE signed an agreement on Sept. 15 to establish diplomatic relations, an accord that Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said in the statement presented a “historic opportunity” for energy development in the region.
“I spoke (with the UAE energy minister) on cooperating in linking power grids and developing the natural gas market for exports via pipeline to Europe ... as well as other projects,” an Israeli statement quoted Steinitz as saying.
The statement, released by Steinitz’s office, said he proposed the UAE join an Egypt-based energy forum that seeks to promote natural gas exports from the east Mediterranean.
“They (the UAE) said they would examine the issue,” the Israeli statement said.
Egypt, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Jordan signed a charter on Tuesday establishing the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF).
The group unites regional rivals of Turkey, which has been locked in a bitter dispute with European Union members Greece and Cyprus over gas drilling rights in the region.
(With Reuters)