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Three gardai suspended after corruption probe

The three officers have been released without charge.

Three gardai suspended in a corruption probe have been released without charge.
Three gardai suspended in a corruption probe have been released without charge.

A superintendent and a rank-and-file garda arrested as part of a corruption probe within the force have been released without charge.

Both officers, who were arrested on Thursday morning along with a garda inspector, have been suspended from duties.

The garda inspector was released on Thursday evening and also suspended from duties.

The superintendent was arrested on suspicion of the unlawful disclosure of garda information.

The inspector was detained over suspected drugs offences, and the garda was held on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Deputy Commissioner John Twomey said: “An Garda Siochana is fully committed to investigating any alleged wrong-doing or corruption involving Garda personnel, and will work with other relevant agencies in doing so.

“As this is a live and ongoing investigation, it is not appropriate to make any further comment at this time.”

The arrest operation was led by the Assistant Commissioner for Special Crime Operations, John O’Driscoll.

It involved the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (GNBCI) and the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB).

Speaking in Dublin on Thursday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar described the arrests as serious.

“I haven’t received a briefing from the Minister of Justice on that so I don’t know the background to it, but obviously it’s a serious development,” Mr Varadkar said.

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