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‘Russian mafia’ carves ‘thief’ on kidnapped Irish tycoon’s forehead over debts

Published time: February 03, 2013 03:14
Edited time: February 06, 2013 18:29
Kevin McGeever, Swinford / Dublin pictured at the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner 2004 in Breaffy House Hotel and Spa, Castlebar. (Photo by Michael Donnelly)

Kevin McGeever, Swinford / Dublin pictured at the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner 2004 in Breaffy House Hotel and Spa, Castlebar. (Photo by Michael Donnelly)

An Irish real estate tycoon suddenly released after eight months being held hostage has accused Russian mafia and the IRA of kidnapping, torturing and carving "thief" on his forehead over the debts he owes to the criminals.

Kevin McGeever appeared to have the word “thief” carved into his forehead. During interviews with the police, the 68-year-old revealed that he was seized and kept in a “darkened container” because of his debt to Russian gangsters and the Irish Republican Army, the Irish Daily Mail reported.­

Mr McGeever told the detectives that he was kidnapped from the garden of his £2.5million mansion by three masked men. The abductors had demanded a ransom but he did not know if it was delivered. 

McGeever also told the officers that his captors gave him a mobile phone when he was freed and told him to keep it with him at all times.

The KMM Properties developer was found by a couple in Ballinamore, on a remote country road on Tuesday night with serious injury to his forehead and in a malnourished state. He was wrapped in a plastic bag and wasn't wearing shoes.

Catherine Vallely, who found him told the Daily Mail, that the developer was “skin and bones” with three-inch finger nails and a long beard.

McGeever went missing in June 2012. Prior to his disappearance, he had been involved in a property development company dealing primarily with real estate in Dubai. During the economic boom, he sold luxury homes to wealthy Irish and British clients.

Police are looking into the debt claims related to property transactions, including some in Dubai. So far, law enforcement is yet to confirm any of Mr McGeever’s claims.

"It may be some time before a clearer picture emerges but we are sceptical that this was the work of foreign-based criminals," a police source has revealed to the Irish Herald. 

McGeever is being guarded at Mulligar Hospital where he is receiving treatment for malnutrition and dehydration.

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