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.


Turkey: EU sanctions on Turkish firm over Libya embargo show bias

Updated 22 September 2020

Turkey: EU sanctions on Turkish firm over Libya embargo show bias

  • The EU on Monday froze the assets of Avrasya Shipping
  • ‘EU’s Irini Operation is rewarding Haftar, and punishing the UN-recognized Libyan Government’

ISTANBUL: Turkey said on Tuesday the European Union sanctions on a Turkish firm accused of breaking a UN arms embargo on Libya displayed the EU’s double standard and biased stance.
The EU on Monday froze the assets of Avrasya Shipping, whose cargo vessel Cirkin was involved in a naval incident between NATO members France and Turkey in June.
The EU has accused the company of using the ship to smuggle weapons to Libya. Ankara denies the arms-trafficking claim and says the ship was carrying humanitarian aid.
“The EU’s Irini Operation is rewarding Haftar, and punishing the UN-recognized Libyan Government,” Turkey’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday, referring to the EU’s military mission in the Mediterranean to stop arms from reaching warring factions in Libya.
Ankara has supported Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord based in Tripoli. Eastern Libya and much of the south, however, is controlled by Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), which is backed by Egypt and Russia.
“Overlooking those countries and companies, starting with the UAE, that send weapons from land and air to the putschist Haftar in violation of the (United Nations Security Council) decisions, while the support provided to the legitimate government ... is deemed an embargo violation, is a clear signal that the EU is ... biased,” Turkey’s foreign ministry said.
In addition to sanctions on the Turkish company, the EU also imposed sanctions on two Libyan men, and two other companies – Kazakhstan’s Sigma Airlines and Jordan’s Med Wave Shipping.
Turkey may also face EU sanctions due to a dispute with Greece and Cyprus over ownership of natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean, although tensions between Ankara and Athens have declined in recent days.
“When effort is being made to decrease the tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, taking such a wrong decision is unfortunate,” Turkey’s foreign ministry said, referring to the sanctions on Avrasya Shipping.