All three gardai suspended from duty as part of investigation into corruption

Fintan Walsh

Reporter:

Fintan Walsh

All three gardai suspended from duty as part of investigation into corruption

ALL THREE members of An Garda Siochana who were arrested on suspicion of corruption have been suspended from duty, it was confirmed this Friday morning. 

On Thursday morning, a garda superintendent, garda detective and garda inspector were arrested in the South of Ireland as part of an operation led by the Special Crimes Operation.

All three gardai have been since released without charge, and a file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions, gardai have confirmed. 

On Thursday night, the garda inspector was released without charge and was suspended from duty upon his release. 

The garda superintendent and garda detective were released without release and suspended from duty upon their release early this Friday morning. 

A statement on Thursday morning from the Garda press office read: "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”.