“The deal followed a year of negotiations between the bureau and Murphy..”

A Sunday Times report points to a statement by Thomas “Slab” Murphy released, solely it seems, to An Phoblacht.

“It was reported in sections of the media that I made a settlement with the Criminal Assets Bureau. I wish to state that this is not the case. I did not take part in the proceedings referred to. I had no interest in the proceedings as none of the property in the case concerned belonged to me”.

That would be this settlement. And the statement obviously doesn’t apply to his brothers.. Of course, we have on record Gerry Adams’ previous declaration that “Tom Murphy is not a criminal”. And then there’s the Cowan Oils Trillfield Ace Oils Ltd Murphy family connections.. And those remaining charges against Tom Murphy.. And some additional information from the Sunday Times report.

The forfeiture of the money was part of a “global settlement” negotiated between Murphy, his two brothers, the British Assets Recovery Agency and the CAB. As part of the deal, Murphy’s brothers agreed to make substantial settlements and obtain his “verbal consent” to forfeit the seized cash.

From the Sunday Times report.

Senior gardai believe Murphy is trying to distance himself from allegations of criminality. They say the former IRA terrorist agreed to a deal, but refused to attach his name to any paperwork so he could “plausibly deny” involvement in the settlement.

The forfeiture of the money was part of a “global settlement” negotiated between Murphy, his two brothers, the British Assets Recovery Agency and the CAB. As part of the deal, Murphy’s brothers agreed to make substantial settlements and obtain his “verbal consent” to forfeit the seized cash.

The deal followed a year of negotiations between the bureau and Murphy, who was represented by third parties and his brothers. Murphy refused face-to-face talks with the CAB or to meet gardai.

And from the previously noted reports.

More than €625,000 in cash and cheques have been confiscated in the South while £445,000 (573,000 euro) and nine properties in the north-west of England were recovered by UK authorities. A garda spokesman said the settlement was the culmination of a global crime and fraud investigation into the proceeds of crime.

“Today’s proceedings are the culmination of intensive investigations by the Criminal Assets Bureau and the UK’s Serious and Organised Crime Agency,” gardai said. “Both agencies have co-operated extensively, working in partnership to achieve today’s outcome.” The Irish leg of the investigation was settled in Dublin’s High Court today while the UK’s seizure was finalised in a Manchester court yesterday.

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  • cynic

    Very quiet in here. Is everyone afraid to comment?

  • Mullaghbawn

    Perhaps folks finally realize that Slab was set up from the beginning, and he that he rightfully refuses to cooperate with the ARA, CAB and the Garda. He has dedicated his life to Republicanism and since the early 70’s the authorities have not been able to convict him of any offence no matter how hard they try!

    It’s easy pass off South Armagh republicans as criminals, but as a true republican I I have nothing but admiration for their continued dedication, loyalty and achievements. And I’m not some Yank wearing rose tinted glasses. I actually lived in the area for a while to try and get a real sense of the place. God’s Country!