A GARDA inspector has been released without charge and has been placed on suspension from duty, as part of an investigation into corruption in the force.
Three members of An Garda Siochana in the South of Ireland were arrested this Thursday morning on suspicion of corruption in the force
A garda superintendent and garda rank have had their periods of detention further extended and remain in garda custody.
This Thursday morning, garda stated: "In the course of an operation led by the Assistant Commissioner, Special Crime Operations (SCO), involving personnel attached the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (GNBCI) and the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB), a number of arrests have been made and a number of premises searched, this morning.
“A Garda Superintendent has been arrested for suspected breach of the provisions of section 62 of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005. A Garda Inspector has been arrested for suspected breach of provisions of the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977-84. A member of Garda rank has been arrested for suspected conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.”
Deputy Commissioner John Twomey, Policing & Security confirmed this morning that three members of An Garda Síochána are in custody and are detained for the purpose of questioning arising from suspicion that they have been involved in the commission of one or more criminal offences. The Deputy Commissioner stated, "An Garda Síochána is fully committed to investigating any alleged wrong-doing or corruption involving Garda personnel, and will work with other relevant agencies in doing so. As this is a live and ongoing investigation, it is not appropriate to make any further comment at this time”.
This Thursday evening, An Garda Siochana said: “All three arrested as part of this investigation remain in Garda custody. They are currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 and can be held for up to 24 hours.”
This Thursday evening, An Garda Siochana issued an updated statement, stating: “A Garda Inspector arrested as part of this investigation has been released without charge. A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Immediately upon his release he was placed on suspension from duty.
“A Garda Superintendent and a member of Garda rank also arrested have had their periods of detention further extended and remain in Garda custody.”