Daniel Kinahan's wife Caoimhe Robinson has been linked to a slate of property deals in Dubai since 2022. This includes buying a four-bedroom, 300 sq m apartment in the Elite Residence skyscraper (third from left) for £750,000

The wife of Irish gangster Daniel Kinahan is selling and letting millions of pounds worth of property in Dubai despite international sanctions freezing her husband’s assets, new records show. 

Caoimhe Robinson, who wed Kinahan during a glitzy ceremony at the £1,000-a-night Burj Al Arab hotel, has sold a significant amount of real estate in the Gulf state since July 2022. 

This allegedly includes a mansion that was rented out for £20,000 a year before being sold for £4.3million, and a luxury villa with a swimming pool and a terrace overlooking a golf course that was sold last May for nearly £10million.

Months before she started selling her properties, the US unveiled sanctions against seven senior figures in the Kinahan cartel and a $5million (£4million) bounty for the arrest of Daniel, his father Christopher, and brother Christopher Junior.

The Kinahans are a crime family originating in Dublin who are accused of importing vast amounts of South American cocaine and heroin into Europe, as well as involvement in gun smuggling, murder and money laundering. They allegedly have links to jihadists in the Middle East and Russian and Iranian spies. 

Ms Robinson is not the target of any sanctions or arrest warrants and – unlike other members of the Kinahan family – is not a fugitive. 

Daniel Kinahan's wife Caoimhe Robinson has been linked to a slate of property deals in Dubai since 2022. This includes buying a four-bedroom, 300 sq m apartment in the Elite Residence skyscraper (third from left) for £750,000

Daniel Kinahan’s wife Caoimhe Robinson has been linked to a slate of property deals in Dubai since 2022. This includes buying a four-bedroom, 300 sq m apartment in the Elite Residence skyscraper (third from left) for £750,000

Daniel Kinahan purchased an office in Jumeirah Bay Tower (middle) in 2017, records show. This was later sanctioned and now cannot be sold

Daniel Kinahan purchased an office in Jumeirah Bay Tower (middle) in 2017, records show. This was later sanctioned and now cannot be sold

Ms Robinson, who wed Kinahan during a glitzy ceremony at the £1,000-a-night Burj Al Arab hotel

Ms Robinson, who wed Kinahan during a glitzy ceremony at the £1,000-a-night Burj Al Arab hotel

Her lucrative property deals were exposed by a leak of Dubai property data shared with The Times by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS).

In an effort to ‘go legit’, Daniel has developed a sideline organising high-profile boxing fights, and was credited by world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury with helping broker a potential unification bout in 2020. 

Fury said in 2022 when the US sanctions were announced that he had not had any business dealings with Daniel for ‘a long time’ and law enforcement action against him was ‘none of my business’. 

The Dubai property records that name Ms Robinson do not include details about the source of money used to purchase property and the properties featured in this article could have been bought with legitimate funds.

The property records show Ms Robinson bought a villa in the high-end community of Parkway Vistas in November 2018 for around £3.6million.  

She rented it out from May 2020 for an annual fee of over £20,000. It was then sold for £4.3million in July 2022. 

Three months later, she purchased a four-bedroom, 300 sq m apartment in the Elite Residence skyscraper overlooking the Dubai Marina for £750,000. It was then sold in February for £870,000. 

Months before she started selling her properties, the US unveiled sanctions against seven senior figures in the Kinahan cartel and a $5million (£4million) bounty for Daniel's arrest

Months before she started selling her properties, the US unveiled sanctions against seven senior figures in the Kinahan cartel and a $5million (£4million) bounty for Daniel’s arrest 

Family patriarch Christopher Vincent Kinahan is also subject to sanctions and an arrest warrant

Family patriarch Christopher Vincent Kinahan is also subject to sanctions and an arrest warrant 

Daniel's brother Christopher Jr in a wanted poster issued by the US Department of Justice

Daniel’s brother Christopher Jr in a wanted poster issued by the US Department of Justice 

Her name also appears in the leaked records alongside a 2,200 sq m. villa in the Emirates Hills development that she bought for £5million in 2020. It was sold in May 2023 for more than double the price. 

The property had a large swimming pool and a terrace overlooking a golf course.

Daniel Kinahan purchased an office in Jumeirah Bay Tower in 2017, records show. This was later sanctioned and now cannot be sold. 

The leaked records reveal dozens of fugitives are letting and selling property in Dubai while on the run from international law enforcement. 

The Gulf State has become a magnet for some of the world’s most dangerous criminals thanks to the minimal checks it carries out on the source of funds coming in from abroad and its lack of extradition treaties with other countries. 

Real estate prices in Dubai have risen by around 20 per cent in the last two years, while rents also rose by a quarter last year. 

William McMurry, a former FBI agent who now heads consultancy firm W1 Global, said the fact Ms Robinson has been able to buy and sell millions of pounds worth of property suggests the sanctions against the Kinahans are too limited. 

‘I believe that sanctions can improve behavior but knowing how far to cast the net requires a delicate balance because their ramifications are lasting and every case is different,’ he told the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. 

‘Regardless, it isn’t rocket science to note that the Kinahan cartel is a family business and the liquidation of assets in a secrecy jurisdiction like Dubai by the wife of the alleged chief of the cartel is likely to benefit them both.

‘Setting the Kinahan case further apart is the fact that Daniel Kinahan, his father, his brother and their close associates are facing grave allegations of criminality by several governments,’ he said.

Unlike other members of her family, Ms Robinson is not subject to sanctions or an arrest warrant

Unlike other members of her family, Ms Robinson is not subject to sanctions or an arrest warrant 

The gangster's moll - pictured with friends - is also not a fugitive

The gangster’s moll – pictured with friends – is also not a fugitive 

The property records show Ms Robinson bought a villa in the high-end community of Parkway Vistas in November 2018 for around £3.6million. Pictured is a general view of the development, there is no suggestion any of the properties shown are linked to her

The property records show Ms Robinson bought a villa in the high-end community of Parkway Vistas in November 2018 for around £3.6million. Pictured is a general view of the development, there is no suggestion any of the properties shown are linked to her 

Ms Robinson's name also appears in the leaked records alongside a 2,200 sq m. villa in the Emirates Hills development that she bought for £5million in 2020. This is also a general view

Ms Robinson’s name also appears in the leaked records alongside a 2,200 sq m. villa in the Emirates Hills development that she bought for £5million in 2020. This is also a general view 

Roy McComb, former deputy director of the UK’s National Crime Agency, also questioned America’s decision to exclude Ms Robinson from sanctions, adding: ‘Any opportunity for organized criminals to launder criminal property should be challenged.’

The United Arab Emirates announced it had frozen the assets of top members of the Kinahan cartel early in 2022. 

The Times attempted to contact Ms Robinson for comment. 

Today’s revelations are only the latest signs of the luxury lifestyle led by the Kinahans, with family patriarch Christopher – also known as Christy – previously revealed as an avid reviewer of luxury restaurants. 

Christy has taken the time to post hundreds of reviews on Google since 2019.

Using the alias Christopher Vincent, he has rated everything from luxury hotels and restaurants to Covid-19 test centres and government offices. He even reviewed a Waitrose.

Christy is a prolific reviewer on Google, with his profile earning more than 10,000 points and a ‘level 7’ guide rating, according to the Sunday Times and Bellingcat.

The 200 reviews – which include 1,100 photographs and four videos – began in April 2019, three years before the gangster was banned from the US.

Reviews have been made from South Africa, Hong Kong, Zimbabwe, Turkey, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Egypt, Spain and Portugal.

According to the paper, he left a five-star review of the Steigenberger Alcazar hotel in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, where he visited in late 2019 to attend a three-day Global Humanitarian aviation Conference hosted by the UN.

Christopher Kinahan, who goes by 'Christy', was recently revealed to be an enthusiastic Google reviewer despite being pursued by police

Christopher Kinahan, who goes by ‘Christy’, was recently revealed to be an enthusiastic Google reviewer despite being pursued by police 

He is seen here dining with his son Christopher Jnr at Cycle Bistro in Dubai - one of the restaurants he has reviewed

He is seen here dining with his son Christopher Jnr at Cycle Bistro in Dubai – one of the restaurants he has reviewed 

The drug lord wrote: ‘The service and food were good as were the conference facilities.

‘I stayed for 3 days and whilst I didn’t use any of the pools I did notice that there were families enjoying all facilities and evening entertainment. 

‘I thought service was helpful and good as was the value for money.’

In another, he praised the luxury Aurea Ana Palace Hotel in Budapest, writing that he would recommend the resort ‘without hesitation’ while he said he would ‘definitely return’ to the Cycle Bistro on the Jumeriah coast of Dubai.

Not all of his reviews, however, were glowing and for some establishments he had scathing words.

Amongst those was a Covid testing centre – Lancet Laboratories in Johannesburg – which he gave a one star rating because of the ‘contempt’ he claimed management held ‘us sheep in’.

He blasted Tim Horton’s Coffee Shop in Dubai for the cookies he ordered being ‘soggy’ and while the food at PF Chang’s in Dubai was ‘very good’ he said the service was ‘a little tardy’.

The Kinahans are thought to have moved to Dubai in 2016 after his organisation attempted to murder the eldest son of their rival Hutch gang at the Regency Hotel that year.

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