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Dublin criminal to appear in Antrim after he is stopped at airport 'with 23,000 Euro'

CONVICTED Dublin criminal John Gilligan has been arrested and charged with alleged money laundering offences after he was stopped at Belfast International Airport last week.

On October 15, 2013, Gilligan was released after serving 17 years in prison.

His arrest was made on Thursday evening by Border Force officers as he was attempting to board a flight to Spain at Belfast International Airport.

It is widely understood that Gilligan travels from Belfast Airport to avoid being spotted in Dublin..

€23,000 was recovered during the arrest.

Last Friday morning, Gilligan appeared at Coleraine Magistrate’s Court where it was decided that he will be remanded in custody until September 4 when he will appear before Antrim Magistrate’s Court.

The 66-year-old, with an address listed as Greenforth Crescent, Dublin, was formally charged with attempting to remove criminal property from Northern Ireland.

In court, Gilligan spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

Following the hearing he was remanded in custody after his lawyer's application for bail was refused.

Reports suggest that Gilligan has been living a reclusive lifestyle of late, splitting his time between Ireland, the UK and Alicante in Spain.

In 2001, Gilligan was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the trafficking of commercial quantities of cannabis resin.

In 2002, Gilligan was tried for and acquitted of the murder of the investigative journalist Veronica Guerin.

In 1996, Guerin was fatally shot while stopped at traffic lights on the Naas Dual Carriageway.

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