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Gerry Hutch was taking counter-surveillance precautions and carrying false documents when he was arrested in southern Spain, the Guardia Civil has said.
Garda members were also at the scene of the arrest last Thursday.
In their first comment on the arrest of the Dubliner, Spanish police also described Mr Hutch – naming him by his nickname ‘The Monk’ and his initials – as a “dangerous” criminal who was wanted in Ireland to face a murder charge.
He is 58 years old.
The arrest happened at a packed restaurant as the 58-year-old Dubliner – who has been on the run for five years and who is wanted in connection with the 2016 murder of David Byrne in 2016 – looked over a menu in the Costa del Sol resort on Thursday 12 August.
The police video started with officers wearing shorts and T-shirts approaching Hutch to detain him on a European Arrest Warrant before one showed him his ID card.
He is currently in custody in Madrid and is facing extradition to Ireland to be charged with the February 2016 Regency Airport attack where Kinahan cartel associate David Byrne was killed.
The veteran criminal was caught in a particular operation by gardai and Spanish police who tracked the phones he was using on the run, according to DublinLive.
The notorious criminal is believed to have made up to €40million from serious criminal activities, including armed robberies.
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Hutch, wearing black shorts, a green T-shirt and trainers, was then cuffed and led away to the restaurant toilet past shocked bystanders.
He was forced to sit on a toilet seat as officers checked his personal belongings before analysing his driving licence against a passport he was carrying.
He was then escorted out of the toilet and through the restaurant again before being taken to a waiting police car.
A uniformed Garda was visible in the police footage as he was filmed walking up the street leading to a patrol car behind Hutch.
“(The police) discovered that it had a logistics network that provided what is necessary so (he) didn’t have to leave (his) hiding place,” the statement said.
However, last Thursday, when he left the property to go to a restaurant for a meal, a surveillance team was watching him and followed him.
“He leaves his home walking through the busy streets of the centre of the city, Malaga town, very focused on his safety, making numerous stops and (direction) changes, until he accesses a well-known restaurant, where he is detained by Guardia Civil agents, carrying false documentation at that time,” the police statement said.