08 Aug 2022

Convicted human-trafficker wanted for over a decade arrested in Dublin, High Court hears

Convicted human-trafficker wanted for over a decade arrested in Dublin, High Court hears

A convicted human-trafficker who was wanted for over a decade has been arrested and brought before the High Court in Dublin. 

Liviu Biliuta (55) with a former address in the city of Botosani, Romania, was convicted by a Botosani court in 2008 of the trafficking of an adult female and girl, for the purposes of prostitution.

Detective Garda Tony Keane this afternoon told Mr Justice Paul Burns that at 6.59am this morning, Tuesday, he arrested Mr Biliuta, who had been living at a west Dublin address, on Sheriff Street, Dublin 1. 

Mr Biliuta was cautioned after questioning and brought by Det Gda Keane to the Bridewell Garda Station.

Mr Biliuta was convicted by the Romanian court of human trafficking for helping to bring the girl and an adult female to the Netherlands during 2004-05, for which he received a seven-year jail sentence. 

Det Gda Keane told Mr Justice Burns that he arrested Mr Biliuta on foot of a European Arrest Warrant endorsed by the High Court in 2016.

Det Gda Keane said that Mr Biliuta's convictions in Romania were in relation to "organised and serious crime". 

In a press release this morning, Detective Superintendent Michael J Mullen of the Garda Extradition Unit described Mr Biliuta 's arrest as a "significant arrest, co-ordinated by detectives attached to organised and serious crime, that represents our ongoing commitment to ensuring persons wanted on foot of international arrest warrants are brought to justice".

Mr Justice Burns adjourned Mr Biliuta's case to Thursday, November 19, for an expected bail application ahead of an extradition hearing on November 27.

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