Daniel Kinahan, a Dublin man identified in the High Court in Dublin as a senior figure in organised crime on a global scale, has said he is not part of a criminal gang in Ireland or anywhere in the world.

The statement was issued to a British radio station and Kinahan's legal team confirmed that it was prepared and issued by him.

Kinahan also criticised the Special Criminal Court, which found that the Kinahan organised crime group is involved in execution type murders, drugs trafficking and firearms offences.

His statement also includes a claim that the court "accepts the word of police officers without question".

Daniel Kinahan has never contested the findings of fact made against him in the Irish courts.

The statement has been issued in the wake of a BBC Panorama programme broadcast last week which investigated Kinahan's role in boxing and his links to organised crime.

The PSNI subsequently informed the BBC that there had been a credible threat made against one of the journalists involved in the programme.

Kinahan denied he had anything to do with this and insisted today he has "never threatened a reporter or journalist or asked anyone to do that" for him.  

He described the programme as "a rehash of unsubstantiated allegations".

The Kinahan organised crime group is involved in an ongoing murderous feud with the Hutch organised crime group, which has so far cost 18 lives.

The violence escalated following the murder of Kinahan gang member David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin in February 2016.

On the eve of the fifth anniversary of that murder, the Head of the Garda's Organised and Serious Crime Bureau said the gardaí are dismantling the gang and are working with the authorities in the United Arab Emirates, where Daniel Kinahan lives.

Assistant Commissioner John O'Driscoll also said that garda evidence in relation to the convictions of many Kinahan gang members for a variety of offences including murder has proved robust, reliable and has been accepted in the courts.

Kinahan claimed in his statement that he was the victim of "a campaign against me" but the Assistant Commissioner said last week that the Kinahan organised crime group had been engaged in a campaign of disinformation in relation to the murder at the Regency Hotel.

Assistant Commissioner O'Driscoll pointed out that the production of a movie, a rap video and a song was evidence of the capacity and resources of the organised crime group to engage in what he called "fake news" and the fact that it could incur the "considerable expense" to produce such "disinformation".

Kinahan’s involvement in boxing and in the expected world heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua has been criticised in the Dáil by Government and opposition TDs, including the then Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.

Kinahan was later dismissed as a special advisor to KHK Sports, which was founded by the son of the ruler of Bahrain, five days after Irish diplomats in the Middle East had been in touch with the authorities there.

Today’s statement is the second that Kinahan has issued in the last ten days.  

Since the murder at the Regency Hotel five years ago, the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau have seized over €208.5 million in drugs, 133 firearms, including military weapons, 5,561 rounds of ammunition and €21.7m in cash.

So far this year another €4m in cash has been recovered.

Some 65 people, mainly Kinahan gang members, have also been jailed for longer than five years each for organised crime offences.