Tyson Fury’s advisor Daniel Kinahan is wanted by the US Government as they offer a $5MILLION reward for his arrest over international drug smuggling and money laundering – with Irishman compared to the Italian Camorra and Japan’s yakuza
- The US Treasury has announced sanctions against seven members of the Kinahan organised crime group – with Daniel Kinahan directly named by them
- They believe he is involved in the ‘day-to-day operations of the organisation’
- Dubai-based Kinahan has previously insisted allegations of criminality are part of a ‘campaign’ against him. Sportsmail have contacted his lawyer for support
- Tyson Fury, Billy Joe Saunders and Sunny Edwards all have links to Kinahan
The US government has offered a $5million (£3.8m) reward for information leading to the arrest of the alleged cartel boss Daniel Kinahan, who advises Tyson Fury and has become one of the most influential figures in boxing.
In a major escalation that ought to send a shockwave through the sport, the US Treasury announced sanctions against seven members of the Kinahan organised crime group on the grounds of international drug smuggling and money laundering.
Dubai-based Daniel Kinahan was directly named by the US Treasury, who said in a statement that he is ‘believed to run the day-to-day operations of the organisation’.
Kinahan was pictured recently with Fury, who defends his WBC heavyweight world title against Dillian Whyte at Wembley on April 23.
Fury, along with multiple figures in boxing, including flyweight world champion Sunny Edwards, has previously gone to great lengths to sing the praises of a figure who has also been named in the Irish High Court as the controller and manager of the gang.
The involvement of the US authorities will bring immense scrutiny to the sport, which has long stood accused of turning a blind eye to serious accusations around Kinahan.
Just last month, the president of the World Boxing Council organisation, Mauricio Sulaiman declared his ‘full support’ for Kinahan, who was one of the co-founders of the vast MTK management group, though he claims he left them in 2017.
He has since operated as an ‘advisor’ to many of the biggest names in the sport, including Fury and Billy Joe Saunders.
The US government will pay $5million to anyone who can help them arrest Daniel Kinahan – who is wanted on the grounds of international drug smuggling and money laundering
Kinahan is an advisor to WBC world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury (centre)
Fellow boxers Billy Joe Saunders (left) and Sunny Edwards both have links to Kinahan too
Fury, who will face renewed questions about his relationship to Kinahan ahead of the fight with Whyte, paid a gushing tribute to the Irishman last year for his role in attempting to broker a showdown with Anthony Joshua.
Gregory Gatjanis from the US Treasury said: ‘Today, the Kinahans join the ranks of the Camorra [Italian mafia organisation] and Japan’s yakuza.’
A treasury statement added: ‘The KOCG, which operates in Ireland and is also established in the United Kingdom, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates, was designated as a significant transnational criminal organization. The KOCG emerged in the late 1990s and early 2000s as the most powerful organized crime group operating in Ireland.
‘Since then, Irish courts have concluded that the KOCG is a murderous organization involved in the international trafficking of drugs and firearms.’
Under the sanctions, any money held in US banks by the seven men, who include Kinahan’s father Christopher Snr – a convicted drug trafficker – and his brother Christopher Jnr, will be frozen and access to their property restricted. Daniel Kinahan has previously insisted allegations of criminality are part of a ‘campaign’ against him. Sportsmail has contacted his lawyer for comment.
The US Department of State has said they are offering the $5m (£3.8m) reward for information ‘leading to the financial disruption’ of the Kinahan transnational group, or the arrest and conviction of its leaders.
Fury defends his WBC heavyweight world title against Dillian Whyte at Wembley on April 23