Sun, 10 Dec 2023

DUBLIN, Ireland - A Brazilian man accused of leasing properties throughout Ireland for organized prostitution and sexual exploitation of vulnerable women was denied bail after a court heard claims that he was a "member of a major criminal organization."

Ilamar Rodrigues Ribeiro, 52, of no fixed address in Ireland, was apprehended at Dublin Airport on Thursday by Garda National Protective Services Bureau detectives.

It is the result of a "multi-jurisdictional" investigation that included 1,500 exhibits and was based on the allegations of two women who allegedly came forward.

According to Judge Anthony Halpin, they complained to Garda, who believe Mr Ribeiro played a "vital role."

Between 2017 and 2020, he is accused of 16 offences.

Six counts of deception were filed against him for allegedly leasing six properties in Ballymahon, Kildare Town, Tullow, Carrick, Ballaghaderreen, and Roscommon for his gain.

Eight were for using fake bills or Italian passports in other names to secure leases.

The final two charges were for money laundering.

On conviction, the offenses carry maximum sentences of five to fourteen years in prison, with the possibility of "further serious charges."

On Saturday evening, Mr Ribeiro appeared before Judge Halpin at Dublin District Court, where he faced a Garda application to remand him in custody due to flight risk concerns and the gravity of the case.

Judge Halpin agreed with Detective Sergeant John Ryan, who filed the bail objection, that "the defendant poses a significant flight risk."

The judge ordered him to appear in Cloverhill District Court on November 23, pending further instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Detective Sergeant Ryan told the court that the investigation involved 40 An Garda Sochna officers, 1,500 exhibits, multi-jurisdictional collaboration with Interpol, Europol, police in the United Kingdom and Brazil, and assistance from Spanish and Belgian authorities.

Mr Ribeiro allegedly played a "vital role in organizing prostitution in Ireland" for several years and "coerced young vulnerable women into this industry," according to Detective Sergeant Ryan.

He believed the accused, who had surrendered his passport, would still be able to flee, and he added that Ireland and Brazil did not have an extradition treaty.

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